India and Great Britain can recruit Gurkhas under the 1947 agreement between New Delhi, London and Kathmandu. The agreement applies to the 3,500 Gurkhas who serve in the British Army and to nearly 40,000 Gurkhas in the Indian Army. It does not apply to the Gurkhas of the Nepalese Army. Nepal declared the 1947 agreement on Gurkha soldiers a “legacy of the past” and called for a review of its tripartite pact with the UK and India. Nepal`s Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said the agreement had become “redundant” and that some provisions of the agreement were “questionable” in the current context. The 1947 agreement between India, Nepal and the United Kingdom on the military service of Gorkha soldiers has become “redundant,” Nepalese Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday. “The 1947 tripartite agreement has become redundant,” he added. “This issue was also discussed last year between the Prime Ministers of Nepal and the United Kingdom in London, as well as the need for a timely review of the 1947 tripartite agreement,” the letter says. “The ministry recalls that the two Prime Ministers had an exchange of views on continuing discussions to address these issues.” Mr. Gyawali said prime minister K. P. Sharma Oli had asked the UK to turn the deployment of the troops into a bilateral agreement with the United Kingdom, indicating the end of the agreement.
At Mr. Oli`s request, Nepal had written to the United Kingdom to verify its engagement with London to ensure the prospects of Gorkha`s soldiers. “The recruitment of Gorkha is a legacy of the past. On the one hand, it was the first window open to young Nepalese to go abroad. In the past, it has helped create many jobs for society. In the amended context, some of these provisions have become questionable. At least the 1947 tripartite agreement became redundant,” Gyawali replied to a question. He spoke of a possible “bilateral” agreement with India on Gorkha soldiers. In its march 15, 2019 report, the House of Representatives committee ordered the Nepalese government to address the tripartite agreement and the issue of Gurkha veterans with the British government as a priority. The Minister of Foreign Affairs pointed out that the tripartite agreement signed in 1947 between the three countries for Nepalese soldiers serving in the British and Indian army guarantees benefits, allowances, facilities and pension schemes.