India attaches no conditionalities to assistance to countries including Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives & Bangladesh

India has said that it attaches no conditionalities to assistance to countries including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Maldives and Bangladesh. Addressing a conference in New Delhi today, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said the country also does not challenge national sovereignty of these nations and noted such aids were demand driven and mutually beneficial.

Mr Mathai said over the years India has considerably expanded development cooperation portfolio through grant assistance in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar and Sri Lanka for projects in infrastructure, hydroelectricity, power transmission and other sectors identified by the host governments as priority areas for their development .

Dwelling on India's Technical and Economic Assistance program ITEC, he said nearly 9,000 civilians from 161 countries attended various training courses conducted by 47 Indian institutions last year.

The Foreign Secretary said India offers 2,300 scholarships annually for degree courses in Indian universities .

He said in addition, special courses are conducted at the request of countries or regions on specialized subjects such as election management, WTO studies, parliamentary practices and public-private partnerships.
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