Bhutan’s highest civilian award, the Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo, was bestowed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. The country’s head of state, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, pronounced Modi’s name for the coveted civilian decoration and emphasised India’s “unconditional friendship” and support for Bhutan over the years, particularly during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership.
I was overjoyed to hear His Majesty utter Ngadag Pel gi Khorlo, Your Excellency Modiji’s @narendramodi name for the highest civilian decoration.— Bhutan’s Prime Minister (@PMBhutan) on December 17, 2021
“Well deserved!” “Congratulations from the people of Bhutan,” the country’s Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a Facebook post. “I’ve always seen Your Excellency as a great, spiritual human being in all of our dealings.” I’m looking forward to being able to accept the award in person.”
Mutually beneficial economic interlinkages between India and Bhutan have been an essential aspect in bilateral relations, according to the ministry of external affairs. Bhutan’s major trade and development partner, India, continues to support various development projects in the country, including the 1020 MW Tala Hydroelectric Project, Paro Airport, and the Bhutan Broadcasting Station.
In addition, with a free trade agreement in place between the two countries, India is Bhutan’s most important trading partner. Bhutan was the first country to get Covid-19 vaccines from the Narendra Modi government, which were manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). In January of this year, the country received the first shipment of 1.5 lakh doses of the Covishield vaccine as a gift from India.
Later, India sent an extra 400,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to the Himalayan country, allowing for a national vaccination against the epidemic. Lotay Tshering, Bhutan’s prime minister, expressed his gratitude by praying that these acts of kindness develop into endless blessings for the people of India.
Tshering had tweeted, tagging Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that he was “pleased to get additional 400,000 doses of Covishield, making possible the statewide implementation of our vaccine initiative.” “Both the Bhutanese people and I am eternally thankful.”
Prime Minister Modi visited Bhutan last year to diversify the kingdom’s collaboration beyond hydropower and to improve trade and connectivity in space and education.