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Saarc Covid fund: No Indian money for Pakistan; Nepal biggest beneficiary

India has contributed half the corpus of the fund but released less than 20% to member nations

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders on chalking out a plan to combat the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

Arindam Roy New Delhi
In the nine months since India claimed it had disbursed the first round of its assistance under the voluntary Covid-19 Emergency Fund for Saarc countries, there seems to have been no change in the amount disbursed from its total contribution. While India has contributed more than 50 per cent of the total fund meant for Saarc countries, it has so far released less than 20 per cent of that, reveals the response to a Right to Information (RTI) plea reviewed by Business Standard.

The RTI, filed by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative lawyer Shikha Chhibbar and responded to by the Ministry

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First Published: Nov 30 2020 | 8:55 PM IST

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