Cabinet approves modification to bilateral assistance guidelines

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 22, 2018 Published on November 18, 2015

The Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister, with approval from the Prime Minister will now be authorised to accept bilateral assistance from any other country in addition to the existing bilateral partners. 

At present, such powers exist for accepting assistance from bilateral partners like USA, UK, Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Russian Federation, European Commission and EU countries outside the G8. 

This is after the Cabinet gave its approval for the modification of existing guidelines of the policy on bilateral Official Development Assistance for Development Corporation with bilateral partners on Wednesday. 

The Finance Minister and External Affairs Minister can now accept special loans for capital intensive projects and other projects subject to certain conditions including that the assistance should be a minimum of $1 billion in a year, of which at least 50 per cent shall be normal united loans. 

Further, not more than 30 per cent of the total value of goods and services should be insisted to be sourced from the funding country. 

Published on November 18, 2015
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