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SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund Disburses NPR 97.95 Million to Nepal!

India has disbursed INR 138.9 million (NPR 222.31 million) to the member nations.
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SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund Disburses NPR 97.95 Million to Nepal!

Since the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund initiation, the Indian Government has disbursed a total of INR 138.9 million (NPR 222.31 million) to the member nations.

As per the information provided by the Indian Government in response to an RTI application, among the SAARC countries, Nepal got the lion’s share of the funding while Pakistan got nil.

On June 19, 2020, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) lawyer Shikha Chhibbar had filed an RTI query with MEA seeking details of funds disbursed from the total contribution of USD 10 million by India for the SAARC COVID-19 Fund. She received a response on July 16, 2020, which did not feature details of funds disbursed to individual countries.

 

The MEA furnished the details of the funds disbursed when Chhibbar filed the first appeal on September 29, 2020.

According to the details furnished by MEA, medical supplies, including essential medicines and equipment, worth INR 61.2 million (NPR 97.95 million) were provided to Nepal, which was the biggest beneficiary of the funds disbursed by India.

SAARC Countries

A Glance at the funds disbursed to individual countries:

SAARC Nation COVID-19 Emergency Funds Disbursed by India
Nepal INR 61.2 million
Bangladesh INR 36.4 million
Bhutan INR 16.9 million
Sri Lanka INR 15.5 million
Maldives INR 6.014 million
Afghanistan INR 2.93 million
Pakistan 0
Total INR 138.9 million

During a video conference of the SAARC leaders on combating COVID-19 on March 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi proposed creating the COVID-19 Emergency Fund based on voluntary contributions by SAARC countries. The Indian Government made an initial contribution of USD 10 million to support the initiative.

 COVID-19 Fund Contributions by Member Countries

SAARC Nation COVID-19 Emergency Fund Contribution
Nepal NPR 100,000,000 (USD 831,393.45)
Bangladesh USD 1,500,000
Bhutan USD 100,000
India USD 10,000,000
Sri Lanka USD 5,000,000
Maldives USD 200,000
Afghanistan USD 1,000,000
Pakistan USD 3,000,000
Total INR 138.9 million

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