Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Urges UK to Address Demands of Gurkha Soldiers
Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister urges UK to respond positively to demands of retired Gurkha soldiers for equal perks and pensions. Gen. Patrick Sanders assures UK Government's commitment.
Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Purna Khadka has urged the UK to respond positively to the demands of Gurkha soldiers who served in the British Army before 1997. During a meeting with the UK's Chief of the General Staff, Gen. Patrick Sanders, Khadka emphasized the need for equal perks and pensions for these retired Gurkha soldiers. He also highlighted the longstanding bilateral ties between Nepal and the UK, emphasizing the shared values of democracy, human rights, and human dignity. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister NP Saud also requested the UK government to address the demands of ex-British Gorkha soldiers regarding their pensions.
In response, Gen. Patrick Sanders assured that the UK Government is serious about resolving the issue and expressed the government's commitment to creating employment, promoting tourism, and supporting economic growth in Nepal. The Nepalese Gurkhas have been an integral part of the British Army for close to 200 years, with over 4,000 Gurkhas currently employed in the Brigade of Gurkhas across a variety of trades. The ongoing efforts to address the demands of retired Gurkha soldiers reflect the importance of honoring their service and ensuring their well-being.