LAUNCHING the second phase of RuPay card, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that India will soon be sending Bhutanese satellite to space. “India opened its space sector for private enterprises. It will boost innovation, capacity and skills. ISRO will be sending Bhutan’s satellite next year and work on that is progressing fast,” he said. “Like other Indians I have great love and friendship with Bhutan, when I meet you all its like meeting our own,” Prime Minister told the Bhutanese audience on the occasion. “The relation between India and Bhutan is important and best example for the world,” the Prime Minister added.
He said he is happy that 11,000 transaction took place through RuPay card in Bhutan, and if the COVID pandemic would not have hit the volume could have been greater. “From my visit to Bhutan, in the phase-1 of RuPay card launch, till now, 11,000 successful RuPay transactions have taken place in Bhutan. Today with the launch of phase-2, we welcome Bhutan as a full-time partner in the RuPay network,” Modi said. Prime Minister along with Bhutan Prime Minister had launched the first phase of RuPay card last year during his visit. “The holders of RuPay cards issued by the Bhutan National Bank will be able to access the facility of more than 1 lakh ATMs and over 20 lakh points of sale terminals in India. I believe that this will help those travelling from Bhutan to India for education, health, pilgrimage,” Modi said.
Prime Minister of Bhutan lauded Modi’s efforts in tackling the pandemic. “The Excellency’s (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) leadership in tackling the pandemic at home is highly commended,” Lotay Tshering said adding, “I am sure India will come out much stronger from the pandemic. The lead that India is taking in developing vaccines is source of hope for all of us.”