Indian grant aid to finance vehicles for City Council, Correctional Services

Foreign ministry has reported that they have issued an allotment from the foreign aid given by the Indian government to obtain vehicles for Male' City Council and Maldives Correctional Service.

Foreign Ministry reported MVR 8 million will be allocated from the Indian grant aid of MVR 106 million (US$ 6.9 million) to procure the vehicles.

According to the Foreign Ministry,bthe procurement of the vehicles will be essential for the transfer of prisoners between various locations in a timely manner.

Additionally, the Foreign ministry also allocated MVR 8 million for the procurement of vehicles for Male' City Council. The procurement of vehicles and machinery is essential to strengthen and increase the overall capacity of the Council to deliver efficient and timely services to the residents of capital Male’, the ministry said.

Foreign Ministry also set aside an allotment of MVR 5 million for establishment of a community center in Foakaidhoo island of Shaviyani atoll, and to conduct social activities for the people of the atoll.

The Indian government provided the financial support to Maldives during their Foreign Minister, Sushma Swarej's trip to the archipelago last March. The purpose of the grant assistance is to provide and assist with socio-economic development projects across the country.

Under this aid, a new ferry for the children of Baa. Fehendhoo to travel to and from school has already been arranged while the budget for the establishment of an emergency medical service area at Haa Alif Ihavandhoo Health Center was also allotted. Additionally, the budget to set up ice plants in two other islands as well as the construction of six classrooms in Raa Kinolhahu and Nonu Lhohee will also be funded under the Indian socio-economic grant aid.