UK ministers under pressure to 'immediately halt' 280m pounds handout to 'booming' India

Last Updated: Sat, Dec 01, 2012 09:20 hrs

British lawmakers are facing pressure to the monetary aid to India immediately after figures showed its economy is set to grow by 6.5 per cent next year and 7.2 the year after.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced Britain's 280 million pounds annual handout to India would end in 2015.

This followed an outcry that British taxpayers' cash was being lavished on an increasingly well-off country with its own space programme and nuclear weapons, the Daily Express reports.

According to the report, the latest projections of India's GDP growth, by investment bank Goldman Sachs, prompted calls for the aid programme to be stopped forthwith.

The report quoted Robert Oxley of the TaxPayers Alliance, as saying that 'justine Greening rightly ended Britain's aid programme to India, but, given its economic performance, those projects should be brought to an end now, not in 2015. It is totally unacceptable.' (ANI)

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