Budget 2021

A helping hand for neighbours through External Affairs Ministry schemes

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 24, 2018

Beneficiaries include Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, Latin America

The Indian Ocean countries of Sri Lanka and Maldives are to be allocated ₹683 crore, which includes ₹500 crore to Sri Lanka under both Plan and non-Plan allocations as per the Union Budget. In addition, Bhutan, another SAARC country, will be allocated ₹6,160.20 crore, while strife-torn Afghanistan will get ₹676 crore. The Budget, including both Plan and non-Plan allocations, provides for these funds under development assistance projects implemented by India for its neighbouring countries. The Ministry of External Affairs had sought these funds from the Finance Ministry. 

While India also plans to provide ₹15 crore as aid to Latin America, Myanmar will be a beneficiary of aid worth ₹270 crore, which includes funds from both Plan and non-Plan allocation.

The Budget also provides ₹330 crore towards Capital Outlay on Public Works/Housing, which caters to construction/purchase of chanceries/residences abroad and passport offices in India.

Published on February 28, 2015

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