The present government of Nepal is headed by the prime minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is not taking any decision regarding the selection of Gorkhas within the Indian Army under the Agnipath scheme the officials announced on Thursday. Instead, it will be left to the next government which will take power following the November 20 elections.
“The issue has been put off till the government of the future takes in,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Sewa Lamsal said to DeccanEra.
Kathmandu’s announcement came as a the wake of Indian media reports that quoted Indian Army Chief Gen. Manoj Pande as saying that Nepal must decide fast on the issue otherwise the quota could become “redistributed”.
The recruitment of Gorkhas in the short-term recruitment plan for Indian military was set to start on August 24.
The scheme was however delayed pending Nepal’s request. the Minister of Foreign Affairs Narayan Khadka telling the Indian Ambassador Naveen Srivastava that Nepal would need time to research the scheme.
The Nepalese government believes that this type of admission into Indian military Indian army isn’t covered by the Tripartite Agreement signed between Nepal, Indian and UK governments in 1947, shortly after Indian independence.