India’s Rs 771 Crore Boost To Maldives Amid Diplomatic Row: Report

India’s Rs 771 Crore Boost To Maldives Amid Diplomatic Row: Report


India has stepped up development assistance to the Maldives with projects gaining pace last year, even as ties have soured over new Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu’s demand for Indian troops to leave his country.

As global powers jostle for influence in the Indo-Pacific region, India and China have wooed the Indian Ocean nation, which has traditionally been close to neighbour India, but recently pivoted towards China under Muizzu.

New Delhi has spent nearly 771 crore rupees, or almost twice its budgeted 400 crore on projects in the Maldives during this fiscal year, which ends in March, according to a central official and government documents.

That comes despite strained ties since Muizzu rode to office in October pledging to end the country’s “India First” policy and ensure it removed nearly 80 Indian troops.

Despite the roadblock, “development co-operation has not changed or stopped,” said an official aware of the matter, who added that New Delhi had a two-fold engagement strategy for Male.

Rather, “the pace of the projects is faster,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, attributing the swifter pace to India’s increased allocations this fiscal year.

Muizzu’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The efforts include a Rs 50-crore project for roads and bridges around Male, and two airports worth nearly Rs 13 crore each in the archipelago’s distant islands, supported through a line of credit from India.

Muizzu made a state visit to Beijing last month but has yet to visit India.

The two countries agreed this month to replace the troops by May. Centre says India provides help with humanitarian aid and medical evacuations using aircraft it has provided.

Union budget documents presented to parliament on Feb. 1 show that India spent Rs 183 crore in fiscal 2022-23, which went up to Rs 771 crore this year, a figure that is second only to neighbouring Bhutan, where India spent Rs 2,400 crore.

India has set aside Rs 600 crore in initial allocation for the Maldivian projects next year.

But Male’s closer engagement with Beijing saw it recently allow a Chinese research vessel to dock at its port, despite New Delhi’s concerns that information gathered by such ships can be used by China’s military for deployment in India’s backyard.

“The presence of extra-regional powers that impact the security of the Indian Ocean region is a red line for us,” the official said, referring to China.
 
We Indians are foolish. If the same investment is done in lakshadweep, we could have transformed it over the years. Everyone including srilanka, Bangladesh, Nepal has learnt to play the china card and extort from our measly resources. Government should spend the money of its tax paying citizens wisely. We are not united states.
 
We Indians are foolish. If the same investment is done in lakshadweep, we could have transformed it over the years.
Ecologically very fragile zone, native culture and people are also need to be preserved. Lesser number of islands compared to Maldives. When we are funding projects in Sri Lanka and Maldives, money is not the problem here.

Lakshadweep is something that Maldives should have been, not the other way round
 
Govt. and Military, their policies and actions are not based on emotion. But it is the people that have tendency to act on it.... Trust on your present Govt. they're handling Maldives situation well.
 
"INDIA OUT"
GoI and political leaders should have some shame, Izza, Siggu, Sharam, etc
That is something like $100 million dollars.

Every single ruler from independence day did the same thing, i.e., prioritizing other ountries welfare, giving up islands like Cocos islands, Katchatheevu islands, and lands like Haji Pir Passes/Mountain Tops, Pi Panjal Passes and Heights, 90k terroristan POWs, etc

No end in sight and no wonder why all countries treats India like dirt.
 
May be I am naive but I don't see the benefit in feeding and enriching our enemies. The India out campaign succeeded bcoz atleast half the population believes so and spending money on these ingrates is stupid we have tried this tactic many a times and always got our fingers burnt.
 
Maldives want to kick India out of their country. But India is boosting economic aid to that Islamist country. Pakistani terrorists massacring Indian civilians and Indian Navy rescuing Pakistanis from pirates. Very disgraceful situation.

Nobody is bothered about the starving poor people of India
 
Every single ruler from independence day did the same thing, i.e., prioritizing other ountries welfare
This is the reason Hindu have got f*cked every time. Raj dhar of sindh best example. we just want to help and then we get f*cked.
 

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