Indian aid to SAARC nations falls

India’s financial assistance to SAARC neighbours declined considerably in the past five years, a reply by the government in Parliament this week showed.
The figures were revealed in the Lok Sabha in reply to a question on whether India had completed projects committed to countries in the neighbourhood. Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh submitted a chart of India’s grant assistance, which have fallen from Rs. 5,928.6 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 3,483.6 crore in 2017-18 for Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka combined.
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