New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Dr. Lotte Shenirag today launched the second phase of the ambitious RuPay project between the two countries. The two Prime Ministers started the second phase of the RuPay project through a virtual medium and termed it as a symbol of the special relationship between the two countries. After the commencement of the second phase of this project, the RuPay card issued by the National Bank of Bhutan will enable the citizens of Bhutan to make any payment in India. In the first phase of the project, the payment facility was introduced in Bhutan with the RuPay card issued by Indian banks. The first phase was started during Mr. Modi’s visit to Bhutan in August last year. Shri Modi said that now the citizens of Bhutan will be able to make payments on more than one lakh ATMs and more than 20 lakh point of sales machines in India with their country’s RuPay card. He said that with this, people of Bhutan will get special facility to pay in the field of education, health, pilgrimage and tourism. He said that India welcomes Bhutan as a full partner in the RuPay network. The Prime Minister said that India is ready to cooperate with Bhutan in the field of space. India’s space organization will also launch a Bhutan satellite next year for which four young Bhutanese scientists are going to India in December. He said that India has stood by Bhutan in difficult times and its needs will always be in the priority category for India. There is a special partnership between India and Bhutan that is enriched by mutual understanding and respect, shared cultural heritage and strong people-to-people relationship.