PM Modi and Bhutan's PM virtually launches RuPay Card Phase-2, lauds PM Modi's leadership in tackling pandemic

20 November

PM Modi and Bhutan's PM virtually launches RuPay Card Phase-2, lauds PM Modi's leadership in tackling pandemic

During the launch of RuPay Card Phase-2 in Bhutan, PM Modi assured that India stands with Bhutan in the difficult hour of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Modi and Bhutan’s Prime Minister, Lotay Tshering on November 20, 2020, virtually launched RuPay Card Phase- II in Bhutan. During the launch, PM Modi noted that the launch of Phase-2 RuPay Card will boost the ties between the two countries.

The RuPay Card Phase-2 has been launched in Bhutan by the two PMs who had also earlier launched Phase-1 of the project during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan in August 2019.
RuPay Card is an Indian credit and debit card payment network, which has acceptance at POS devices, ATMs, and e-commerce websites. With the launch of Phase 2 of RuPay Card, Bhutanese Card Holders will be able to easily access the RuPay network in India.

Bhutan's PM lauds PM Modi's leadership in tackling pandemic:
Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lotay Tshering admired Prime Minister Modi's leadership in tackling the pandemic at home. He also assured that India will come out much stronger from the Pandemic and the lead that India has taken in developing vaccines is a source of hope for everyone. Bhutan thankful to India for vaccine assurance:
Bhutan Prime Minister while admiring India's lead in the development of the Coronavirus vaccine also thanked PM Modi and the Indian government for the assurance of making the vaccine available for Bhutan once they are ready for clinical use. India-Bhutan Relations:
The relations between India and Bhutan have always been traditionally close as both nations share a special relationship. It makes Bhutan a protected state and not a protectorate. India has also always remained influential over Bhutan’s foreign policy, commerce and defence. In the financial year 2012-2013, India’s budgetary support to Bhutan stood at US $600 million which rose over to reach US$985 million in 2015-2016.