India’s developmental assistance to six neighboring countries in South Asia over the last four fiscal years amounted to over Rs 211 billion; the government on Thursday informed the upper house.
India extended developmental assistance to six neighboring countries -Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, according to Minister of State for External Affairs.
The total aid to Afghanistan from 2014-15 to 2017-18 was Rs 22.32 billion, to Bangladesh it was Rs 5.14 billion, and to Bhutan it was Rs 156.8 billion. The developmental assistance to Maldives during the same period was Rs 2.7 billion to Nepal it was Rs 13.22 billion and to Sri Lanka it was Rs 10.8 billion. The total developmental assistance to the six countries in the four years amounted to Rs 211 billion.
In the Asia – Pacific, India has to contend with an increasingly assertive China. The ‘Act East’ policy though has produced better results Closer relations with countries in East and South – East Asia, especially Japan and Vietnam, are a positive development.
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