LONDON: The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has issued an official answer to a letter outlining the demands of ex-Gurkhas, which was initiated by the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) UK Chapter.
On the initiative of NRNA Chapter vice-chairperson Prem Gaha Magar, a joint letter was sent to the UK Defense Ministry last April 6 on behalf of five organizations advocating for the rights of ex-Gurkhas.
According to the two-page response, the UK government has been supplying ex-Gurkhas with pension payments totaling roughly 20 billion Indian rupees each year.
Similarly, the letter claimed that the government established the Gurkha Welfare Fund and has given payments for primary health care since 2019.
It is also stated in the response letter that the UK government was willing to engage in conversation to resolve the issues of ex-Gurkhas, and that routine talks were taking place between the British Ambassador in Nepal and the Nepalese Minister for Foreign Affairs to that aim.
The letter states that dialogue in this regard might be facilitated through the British Embassy in Nepal. It should be remembered that the Prime Ministers of Nepal and the United Kingdom have already met to review the document provided by the UK Defense Ministry on the management of Ex-Gurkha concerns in 2019.
According to NRNA UK Chapter vice-chair Magar, now is the time for the Nepal government to implement a tangible decision to resolve the ex-Gurlahs’ difficulties in accordance with the UK government’s letter.
He also stated that they would be submitting a memorandum to the Nepalese government through its London-based Embassy in a few days demanding the formation of a negotiation team on behalf of the Nepalese government.