West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her four-day visit to Bhutan met King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. The two leaders discussed various ways of mutual collaboration including medical tourism.
West Bengal Chief Minister informed, “The meeting with his majesty was very cordial. We discussed several issues including ways and means to forge collaboration in areas like irrigation, potato farming, agro industry and tourism.”
Medical tourism was discussed at large. Ms. Banerjee further mentioned, “Bhutan residents mostly go to Bangkok for medical treatments which is very costly. Medical tourism in Kolkata is the better option because there the cost of treatment is far cheaper.”
The Chief Minister and the Bhutanese King discussions further resulted in Bhutan Majesty assuring the setting up an expert committee to look into the issue of Bhutanese rivers causing floods in Bengal.
In her press meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister said, “The discussion also focused on flood and disaster management. The King assured setting up an expert committee to look into the causes of Bhutan Rivers causing flood in Alipurduar. I am assured that the committee will look into whether the causes are natural or there are any technical problems.”
On the second day of her tour, the Chief Minister visited the Tara Devi temple on the outskirts of Thimphu.
Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, accompanied by state ministers and government officials also held discussions with the West Bengal Chief Minister and Bhutanese Majesty. A business conclave was organized in the presence of the leaders attended by industry heads from the Himalayan kingdom and West Bengal.