UK likely to cut foreign aid to ‘rich’ India


London: Under pressure to reduce its foreign assistance, Prime Minister David Cameron may scale down the £250-million British aid given to India annually; saying wealthy local people could do more to help their poor countrymen.

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has signaled that the “£250 million of public money spent annually on nuclear-armed India could be scaled back.”

He said the rich NRI population of Britain could do more to help their countrymen.

Last month, Britain, shocked by reports of massive embezzlement in India in the use of millions of pounds granted as aid for sarva-shiksha abhiyan, promised “zero tolerance to corruption” and launched an “immediate inquiry.”

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