For balanced ties, Nepal to shun projects opposed by China and India
New Delhi : Nepal's Social Welfare Council is believed to be drafting a policy that discourages foreign non-governmental organisations (NGO) from running programs which may harm the relations with neighbours India and China, said a report.
"Nepal is a land-locked country and has two large countries with large populations in the north and south," The Kathmandu Post said in a report citing a draft of the policy as saying. "Based on Nepal's foreign policy of keeping balanced relations, the projects that are opposed by either country will not be implemented."
The council officials have said that the policy is currenty in the draft phase and some of its provisions were expected to be addressed by a new law on the registration of NGOs.
Durga Prasad Bhattarai, an Information Officer at the Council, said that the main aim of drafting the new policy is to address the concerns of the two neighbouring nations on the alleged illegal activities by the NGOs in the Himalayan region.
"The objective of the proposed policy is to reassert that Nepal government is concerned about the strategic mobilisation of international non-governmental organisations, particularly in the bordering regions, in the name of building madrasas and monasteries," Mr Bhattarai told The Kathmandu Post.
According to the council, madrasas in the regions bordering India were receiving funds from countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
Rajendra Kumar Poudel, member secretary at the council, said India has raised concerns about the large presence of madrasas in the bordering region.
"So we have stepped up the scrutiny of the source of funds and nature of programmes to be run in the madrasas while providing approval for foreign funding," said Mr Poudel, adding, "We are in favour of addressing India's concerns."