Budget 2021: India keeps over Rs 2000 cr for international organisations; BIMSTEC get Rs 25 cr, SAARC Rs 12 cr 

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
NEW DELHI Published: Feb 01, 2021, 05:06 PM(IST)

The budget documents are generally printed at the Finance Ministry’s in-house printing press in the North Block. Photograph:( IANS )

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To UNICEF, which comes under the domain of ministry of women and child development, India has budgeted Rs 5.60 Cr, while to WTO, which comes under the commerce ministry, Rs 3cr is kept as a contribution. 

India has kept Rs 2031.93 Cr for international organizations under the budget for the financial year 2021-22 announced on Monday. The United Nations organization will get Rs 400 cr under the budget provision of the Ministry of External Affairs.  

The BIMSTEC secretariat got Rs 25 cr, while SAARC secretariat got Rs 12 cr. Interestingly, in last year's budget, BIMSTEC got Rs 20 cr, but it is the revised budget only Rs 9.28 cr was used. As for SAARC, it got Rs 8 cr, but revised budget stood at Rs 12 cr, showing an increase.  

New Delhi plays an important role in both the groupings, but has seen an increased focus on BIMSTEC.  Last year, at the oath-taking ceremony of the Indian PM Modi for the 2nd term, all BIMSTEC leaders were invited. SAARC, due to Pakistan's obstructionism has seen little activity.   

To UNICEF, which comes under the domain of ministry of women and child development, India has budgeted Rs 5.60 Cr, while to WTO, which comes under the commerce ministry, Rs 3cr is kept as a contribution.  

Meanwhile, commonwealth secretariat got Rs 11.22 cr and the Commonwealth Foundation, which is its sister organisation got Rs 1.40 cr. Nalanda international university got Rs 250 cr, while South Asian university gets Rs 314 cr.   

Total money allocated for Indian embassies and missions stands at Rs 3240.07 Cr. India has more than 190 missions and posts around the world, in every part of the world. ICCR or Indian council of cultural relations, whose main function is to showcase and expand India's culture abroad got Rs 300 Cr.  

Rs 150 cr has been kept for the maintenance of the aircraft of Air India for VVIP travel, like high-level visits of President, Vice President and Prime Minister. While no travel has happened for over a year due to COVID Pandemic, Indian Prime Minister Modi is expected to visit Dhaka in March for the 50th Independence year celebration of the country. The last visit of Indian PM Modi was to Brazil for BRICS meet in November of 2019.   

Other than that, Rs 2cr has been kept in the MEA budget for "demarcation of boundaries", Rs 3000.01 cr for "Special diplomatic expenditure" and Rs 1 cr for "Expenditure relating to pilgrimage abroad". Membership contribution to FATF is at Rs 1cr. 

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