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Press Note on additional assistance to Afghanistan announced by Prime Minister during his visit to Afghanistan

May 12, 2011

  • India's existing commitments to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan involve a financial outlay of close to US $ 1.5 billion.
  • A fresh package of US $ 500 million has been announced during the visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Afghanistan, to underline India's undiluted commitment to the efforts of the Government and people of Afghanistan to build a peaceful, prosperous and stable country. The following are the aid commitments made during the visit:
    1. A fresh commitment of US $ 100 million for the third phase of India's programme of Small Development Projects, over and above the previous pledge of US$ 20 million;
    2. Donation of 1000 buses for the Kabul and other municipalities with provision for maintenance support, training and infrastructure;
    3. A medical package consisting of the treatment of Afghan patients in select disciplines and hospitals in India over the next three years to be implemented through the Afghan Ministry of Public Health; the rehabilitation and professional up-gradation of the National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Centre of Afghanistan; and the upgradation of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, including the neo-natal and maternal care unit;
    4. Upgradation of the agricultural department at the Kabul University to an agricultural university and providing scholarships for the study of agricultural sciences;
    5. Donation of 500 tractors for Afghan farmers; Provision of seeds and other assistance for the agricultural sector;
    6. The early finalization of a US$ 50 million Buyers Credit Line to promote exports and attract Indian business to Afghanistan;
    7. A grant of US $ 10 million for preservation and revival of Afghanistan's archaeological and cultural heritage and cultural exchanges;
    8. A grant of US $ 4 million to the Government of Afghanistan for the restoration of the historic Stor Palace in Kabul;
    9. Assistance in setting up an Afghan Institute of Mining;
    10. An enhancement of our ICCR scholarships for students from 675 to 1000 with a special focus on encouraging women students to avail of the additional slots;
    11. Assistance in setting up of a computer laboratory at Habibia School;
    12. Supporting the Second Phase of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Skills Development Programme for providing vocational training to Afghan nationals;
    13. Establishment of a Jawaharlal Nehru Chair of Indian Studies at Kabul University;
    14. Reiterating the commitment to donate 250,000 tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan to meet its requirements this year.



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