Tripartite Agreement 1947
The tripartite pact between Nepal, India and Great Britain ensures that all benefits, allowances, institutions and pension schemes of Nepalis serving in the British and Indian armies will be equivalent to those of British and Indian citizens. However, Gurkha veterans have long argued that Britain has discriminatory remuneration policies. Last year, in December, Nepal said it wanted to review a military agreement allowing its citizens to be linked to the British army. Gyawali said the Nepalese government should also be part of the recruitment process, adding that the agreement should also take into account other issues such as pensions and other benefits, as they are not on an equal footing with their British counterparts. Nepal`s official request for a review comes months after KP Prime Minister Sharma Oli first raised the issue when she met With Theresa May, then British Prime Minister in London, in June. After the meeting between Oli and May, Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali said Nepal had proposed a review of the agreement, to which May had responded „positively.“ However, a joint statement issued after the meeting did not mention that Oli had raised the issue. „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.“ ACB Symon of the British, Lieutenant-Colonel Kanwar Dayasingh Bedi of India and Padma Shumsher JB Rana of Nepal represented their respective nations at the signing of the treaty. The written agreements submitted by the British representative at Nepal`s request were not added to the main contract, but to the annexes of the main contract.
After India`s independence, the recruitment of Gurkha soldiers was organized as part of the 1947 tripartite agreement between Nepal, India and Great Britain. The agreement also paved the way for the distribution between India and Great Britain of existing Gurkha brigades serving in British India. Thus, the 2nd, 6th, 7th and 10th Gurkha rifles were part of the British Army after India`s independence, the rest being retained by independent India. India and Great Britain can recruit Gurkhas under the 1947 agreement between New Delhi, London and Kathmandu.