UK to give $130 mn for Indian children
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UK to give $130 mn for Indian children

The money would be spent through the United Nations Children's fund in cooperation with the Govt of India.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 12:14 IST

Britain has committed $130 million over next five years to provide primary healthcare and education to the most vulnerable children in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Britain will help India achieve some of the Millennium Development Goals.

British Minister for International Development Gareth Thomas said the money would be spent through the United Nations Children's fund(UNICEF) in cooperation with the Government of India.

However, he said the instalment would be released on the basis of assessment of work made by his government and UNICEF in consultation with the Indian government.

Halving global poverty and hunger is one of the key Millennium Development Goals, agreed upon by countries during the UN Summit in 2000.

Thomas, who signed the partnership agreement with UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director Toshiyuki Niwa to provide funding to support the agency's work, complemented the efforts being made by the state and central governments.

The Minister said he expects the funding to give a significant boost to health and education programmes for the most vulnerable and socially excluded Indian children.

Building on a key partnership with UNICEF, and as a complement to the UN reform process, this will help turn government commitment into action on the ground, he added.

Meanwhile, UNICEF plans to accelerate interventions such as the Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (IMNCI) programme that aims to vastly improve child survival rates in India.

First Published: Mar 14, 2006 09:39 IST