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UK panel favours aid to India

world Updated: Jun 16, 2011 01:58 IST

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Britain should continue its 280 million pounds per annum aid to India for the next four years, a top parliamentary panel has said, but sought fundamental changes in the policy in 2015.

“The test of whether the UK should continue to give aid to India is whether that aid makes a distinct, value-added contribution to poverty reduction which would not otherwise happen,” said Malcolm Bruce, chairman of parliamentary committee on international development.

The panel noted that more than 400 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day in India and British funds can still make a difference.