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India-Bhutan launched RuPay card Phase-II

PM Narendra Modi and Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering jointly launched RuPay card Phase-II in Bhutan via video conferencing on Friday, 27 November. The RuPay card Phase-II will allow Bhutanese cardholders to access the RuPay network in India. The RuPay card is asssn Indian debit and credit card payment network, with acceptance at ATMs, POS devices and e-commerce websites. The implementation of phase-1 of RuPay card enabled Indian visitors to Bhutan to access ATMs and point of sale terminals in Bhutan

“I am delighted that work is going on rapidly to send Bhutan’s satellite to space with the help of ISRO, next year. For this purpose, Bhutan’s four space engineers will go to ISRO in December, I send my regards to these four youth,” PM Modi said on the occasion. He also asserted that India stands solidly with Bhutan in this difficult hour of the COVID-19 pandemic, and said meeting the neighbouring country’s requirements will always be its top priority.

Bhutanese PM lauded PM Modi for effectively tackling pandemic India. “I’m sure India will come out much stronger from the pandemic. The lead that India is taking in developing vaccines is a source of hope for all of us,” said Bhutanese PM.

The prime ministers of the two countries had jointly launched Phase-I of the project during Mr Modi’s state visit to Bhutan in August last year.

Speaking at the virtual weekly press briefing, Anurag Srivastava, MEA Spokesperson, said that the implementation of phase-1 of RuPay card enables Indian visitors to Bhutan to access ATMs and point of sale terminals in Bhutan.

 India and Bhutan share a special partnership, anchored in mutual understanding and respect, reinforced by a shared cultural heritage and strong people to people links, the MEA had said.

“Prime Ministers of India and Bhutan will virtually launch RuPay Card phase-2 in Bhutan on November 20. The two PMs had launched phase-1 of the project during PM Modi’s visit to Bhutan in August 2019,” he said.” The implementation of phase-1 of RuPay card enables Indian visitors to Bhutan to access ATMs and point of sale terminals in Bhutan. The phase-2 will allow Bhutanese cardholders to access RuPay network in India,” he added.

By Karishma Gwalani

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