Shringla takes Dhaka-Delhi ties to new peak

Shringla takes Dhaka-Delhi ties to new height
Harsh Vardhan Shringla (File photograph)

DHAKA: The bilateral ties between Bangladesh and India have reached a brand new peak throughout the three-year tenure of Harsh Vardhan Shringla because the Indian excessive commissioner in Dhaka.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla arrived in Bangladesh in January, 2016. He's leaving the nation in January, 2019 after investing three years in boosting India-Bangladesh relationship.

His focus within the years has been on all spherical improvement of bilateral ties between the 2 nations. He succeeded in making exceptional progress in areas of improvement partnership, connectivity, commerce and funding, defence cooperation and people-to-people contact between the 2 nations.

His tenure additionally noticed starting of cooperation in uncharted territory of excessive expertise, together with nuclear, house, electronics and IT.

Important work has additionally been finished in enhancing cooperation in areas of setting, social improvement, neighborhood welfare, enchancment of infrastructure on the borders, together with the Border Haats.

Harsh Vardhan Shringla has additionally labored on decreasing the India think about Bangladesh politics - significantly throughout nationwide elections.

Most of serious achievements throughout his tenure have been the good enhance given to people-to-people contact. And this has been made attainable by a lot of initiatives launched by the envoy to make cross-border motion of individuals simpler and quicker.

Within the final three years, a number of the notable measures taken on this regard included liberalising the visa regime to difficulty five-year a number of entry visas to Bangladeshi freedom fighters and senior residents, a number of entry vacationer and enterprise visas of most permissible length, organisation of particular visa camps on the event of Eid (Might-June 2016) and for college students (October 2016) and Armed Forces personnel (February 2017).

Throughout Shringla’s tenure, strikes had been additionally taken in direction of a totally appointment-less system beneath which candidates can deposit purposes on a walk-in foundation as securing on-line appointment for submitting Indian visa purposes was a significant difficulty for a lot of Bangladeshi nationals, whereas particular counters for senior residents and freedom fighters had been arrange and coverage of particular consideration for ladies candidates, cashless transactions to scale back turnaround time, help by means of varied channels, together with social media and hotline service, and so forth had been additionally launched throughout the interval.

To additional streamline and facilitate the visa software course of, the most important Indian Visa Software Centre on this planet was inaugurated throughout the go to of the Indian house minister to Bangladesh in July, 2018.

Shringla’s tenure has additionally seen an enhancement in connectivity between the 2 nations.

Launch of end-to-end immigration and customs on Maitree Categorical between Kolkata and Dhaka have lowered touring time and added to passenger consolation. New passenger prepare and bus providers between Kolkata and Khulna have additionally given a lift to cross- border motion of individuals.

During the last three years, Shringla has travelled extensively throughout Bangladesh, overlaying virtually all of the districts, in an effort to meet the folks and perceive the wealthy cultural heritage of Bangladesh higher.

Amongst his huge and extraordinary successes, a number of the foremost achievements within the Indo-Bangla bilateral relationship within the final three years are as follows:

Excessive degree interactions

Throughout his tenure, Dhaka and Delhi witnessed many excessive degree interactions, together with go to of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in June 2015 adopted by visits of the Indian ministers of defence (first ever go to of an Indian Defence Minister to Bangladesh), finance, exterior affairs, house, petroleum, commerce and civil aviation.

There have been 10 conferences between Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, six video conferences, and 5 phone calls throughout the interval.

Narendra Modi and Sheikh Hasina collectively inaugurated 19 improvement initiatives.

Settlement of India-Bangladesh land and maritime boundaries, pending since 1947, and signing of over 90 bilateral agreements in new areas resembling house, IT, electronics, cyber safety, civil nuclear vitality, delivery, and so forth. had been exceptional progress throughout his tenure.

Improvement help

Within the final three years, India’s improvement help to Bangladesh expanded from $three billion in 2015 to $eight billion, whereas initiatives absolutely funded by the India authorities price Tk 1500 crore are beneath implementation.

Commerce and Funding

In the meantime, commerce between the 2 nations elevated by 31.5 % from $ 7 billion to $ 9.three billion and Bangladesh’s export to India was rising at a fast tempo (106.four per cent in 2017-18).

Indian export to Bangladesh grew by 26.three % in 2017-18, Indian investments within the pipeline in Bangladesh elevated from $three billion to $10 billion, and Bangladesh has emerged as India’s largest commerce associate in South Asia.


Throughout the interval, 4 of the pre-1965 rail hyperlink between India and Bangladesh was made operational and the remaining two shall be operational by 2019.

The interval is marked by three new railway hyperlinks between India and Bangladesh beneath implementation, launch of end-to-end customs and immigration providers for Kolkata-Dhaka Maitri Categorical, launch of  Kolkata-Khusna prepare service, new bus providers between Kolkata and Khulna, Dhaka and Shillong / Guwahati, graduation of coastal delivery providers between Kolkata and Pangaon and different ports of Bangladesh, and 24x7 motion of cargo providers at Petrapole-Benapole.

Power Cooperation

Power cooperation has additionally made a exceptional progress between the 2 neighbouring nations as they constructed India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline for diesel provide from India (Siliguri) to Bangladesh (Parbatipur). Bangladesh now will get nearly 1200 MW of electrical energy from India, which is round 10% of energy era in Bangladesh.

The interval additionally witnessed development of 1320 MW Rampal energy plant and feasibility research to combine LNG grids of India and Bangladesh.

Coaching and Capability constructing

A complete of four,000 Bangladeshi civil service officers are skilled in India, whereas coaching of 1,500 judicial providers officers is underway, six batches of 100-member youth delegation went to India and 9,000 pupil visas to Bangladeshi college students had been granted throughout the interval.

100 Bangladeshi freedom fighter sufferers are being handled yearly in Indian Armed Forces hospitals freed from price since 2018.

5-year a number of entry visas have been granted to round 2,000 freedom fighters from 2017 to this point, whereas greater than Tk10 crore has been disbursed beneath Muktijoddha scholarship and about three,500 college students have benefited from this scheme since 2015.

Moreover, over Tk 23 crore has been disbursed and greater than 13,000 college students have benefited from the scheme since its inception in 2006.

‘Nutan Bharat- Bangladesh Maitree Muktijoddha Santan Scholarship’ scheme was introduced in 2017, and greater than 21,000 Bangladeshi college students shall be benefited from the disbursement of Tk 52 crore by means of these schemes by FY 2021-22.

Cultural cooperation

Cultural cooperation between the 2 nations has additionally gained momentum because the interval noticed institution of ICCR Chairs for Hindi and Urdu languages within the Dhaka College.

Greater than 300 cultural occasions and seminars had been held by Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre (IGCC), whereas greater than 6000 Bangladeshi college students had been enrolled in varied programs of the IGCC throughout the time.

Civil Nuclear Cooperation

Civil nuclear cooperation between the 2 nations witnessed an enormous leap as tripartite cooperation amongst India, Bangladesh and Russia occurred for the Rooppur nuclear plant in Bangladesh.

Visa service

Moreover, issues confronted by Bangladeshi nationals in accessing Indian visa absolutely had been resolved and there was a three-fold enhance in visa issuance. India issued visas to 14.5 lakh folks of Bangladesh in 2018, whereas the quantity was 5 lakh in 2015.

In September 2018, a document variety of 1,34,960 visas for Bangladeshi nationals had been issued and the most important (18,500 sq. toes) visa software centre on this planet was opened by House Ministers of India and Bangladesh at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka in July 2018.

Restrictions in opposition to Bangladesh nationals visiting Sikkim, Laddakh, Arunachal and different protected areas had been not too long ago eliminated due to honest strikes by Harsh Vardhan Shringla.

BDST: 2237 HRS, JAN 03, 2019




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