India announces 12 million dollar grant in Pacific Island countries
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met leaders of the Pacific Islands Developing States (PSIDS) on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York. The Prime Minister demonstrated India’s commitment to advancing their development priorities.
External Affairs Ministry in a press release said, in the spirit of his fundamental Mantra “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas aur Sabka Vishwas”, Prime Minister Modi announced the allocation of 12 million US Dollar grant towards the implementation of high impact developmental project in the area of their choice.
Expressing India’s readiness to share its experiences in developing alternate energy, Mr Modi voiced satisfaction as many countries from the region had joined the International Solar Alliance and invited others to join this initiative. In the health sector, PM offered to organize a Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in a Pacific regional hub under ‘India for Humanity’ programme.
To further enhance people-to-people contact, Prime Minister announced a Distinguished Visitors Programme under which eminent persons from these countries can visit India. Leaders of PSIDS welcomed the initiatives proposed by PM Modi to strengthen engagement and cooperation between the two sides and reassured full support from their respective governments.