Bhutan is showing enhanced interest in forging cooperation with the Indian state of Haryana in agriculture, livestock, and technology. This will be the first time that an Indian state will fund projects in Bhutan. Prospects of such a relationship were revealed in a meeting led by Bhutanese Secretary of Economic Affairs, Dasho Sonam Tshering.
The minister showed strong resolve to build friendly ties with Haryana as the Indian state has illustrated tremendous progress in various fields. Bhutanese officials are hopeful to learn from Haryana and create avenues for transferring technology. Furthermore, forging a partnership with Haryana will provide Bhutanese businessmen opportunities to invest in the Indian state.
Officials from Haryana visited Bhutan in 2010 to identify the key ar- eas of cooperation. The first attempt at building ties between Bhutan and Haryana materialized when the Indian state approached Bhutan to provide hydelpower in its bid to resolve the power crisis. India wishes to invest in hydel-power plants, which are cheaper than coal-based power plants. According to sources, Haryana plans to purchase 2,000 MW power from Bhutan, which will ensure uninterrupted power supply of nearly 20 hours to rural consumers in the Indian state.