Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba amidst a programme on Saturday inaugurated old Ananada Niketan Bhawan, the new building of an old age home in Bagdole, Lalitpur.
Jyapu Samaj Jestha Nagarik Ananda Niketan Bhawan is constructed as a model old-age home for senior citizens, and a modern, disabled-friendly facility the old age home, consists of 110-beds along with a health check-up room, kitchen, necessary furniture and other equipment.
The old age home was built with India’s assistance amounting to Rs. 50 million under the Government of India’s High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP). Total cost of the building constriction was 14 million Nepali rupees. Land for the project was donated by late Ashta Man Maharjan for the purpose, according to Indian Embassy sources.
PM Deuba, on the occasion, said that the Government will extend its cooperation as far possible to the service of elderly people of AnandaNiktean Bhawan. The building constructed in local architecture with artistic cultural look is very important. On the occasion he appreciated the contribution made by the Newar community in maintaining art and culture of Nepal.
Home Mninister Balkrishna Khand also appreciated the building construction and its purposes to serve the elderly people.
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation mentioned that people are still desirous to address the social causes, the community efforts for construction of this building is an example.
Chief Minister of Bagmati Province Ashta LaxmiShakya, on the occasion, stated that the building constructed for the cause is appreciable while the building stands as an important asset of the province as well.
“We are very proud of our contribution but at the same time, we are committed to continue making such contributions for the well-being of both our society and in this case the old age people in particular from JyapuSamaj,” Indian Ambassador to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra said.
India has already completed more than 450 HICDPs in Nepal, as part of the development cooperation between the two countries, across the length and breadth of Nepal. “Implementation of these projects is an important part of our development cooperation. These projects aim at community development at the grass-root level,” a release from the Indian embassy stated. According to senior vice president of the Jyapu Samaj Lalipur Santa Man Maharjan, besides cash contribution of the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu, the Bagmati Province Government supported with 29.161 million and Lalitpur Metropolitan City provided 31.482 million. Likewise, Constituent Assembly Parliamentarian Development Fund, Parliamentarian Development Fund (PamphaBhushal), Ram KajiAwal, KisalalMaharjan also provided cash supports to the construction project.