THIMPHU: India has pledged to provide Rs 8.5 billion to Bhutan for its 11th Five-Year-Plan, helping the landlocked country to implement major projects that will improve the livelihood of its people.
The decision in this regard was taken at the first meeting of the small development project committee (SDP) for the 11th Five-Year-Plan, comprising representatives from the Royal Government of Bhutan and two from the Embassy of lndia, held here last week.
The committee reviewed the SDP activities of the 10th Plan and expressed satisfaction with their positive impact on the livelihoods of the people in rural Bhutan.
During the meeting, the committee approved 59 projects amounting to over Rs 1.8 billion. 39 projects are to be implemented by local governments and 20 by central agencies.
Great article that deftly manages to avoid the proverbial "elephant in the room". Such a massive investment in Bhutan comes after China has made massive investments in that nation to date. India has also responded in a similar manner with Sri Lanka investing or granting funds only after China has made larger investments in Sri Lanka. This is not about the people of Bhutan or Sri Lanka but the rivalry between India and China.
Arpit Katariya (Bangalore)
Hope the money given is used wisely and we see some improvement there.
Munesh Matwa (Unknown)
This is good to help your neighbors but India needs to do something for there own poor people.
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It's good to help our neighbours however, the present government has turned a blind eye on it's own people.
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MUSLIMS MUST GO TO BHUTAN NOW IF ARE PREPARE TO STAY IN BJP INDIS
Tom Diwan (Brisbane, Queensland, Au)
what good will this do
Why So Serious (Mars)
does it make sense? After all, how many people are there in Bhutan?
This is only show off they will say they are donating while they give hardly RS 1 billions and rest are in pockets of fat bellies.....
girishck2005 k (Bangalore)
8.5 billion rupees for 7.5 lakh people.
Subhash Kumar (Kharagpur)
India me garibi mit gayi h jo bahar donation dene chale hai.......If there is benefit for both country in projects than pour money otherwise much of poverty held india......focus on it.....
Why So Serious (Mars) replies to Subhash
Bhutan can side with India or with China. Which one should it side with?
After election all null & void by new government. Start fresh.