India’s navy is preparing to take delivery of one of the world’s stealthiest and most deadly attack submarines, the £383 million ($500 million) INS Kalvari—while at the same time taking $47 million ($61 million) in “foreign aid” from the British taxpayers.
The INS Kalvari is the first of the Indian Navy’s six Kalvari-class submarines being built in India. They are diesel-electric attack submarines designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS and built by Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai.
At the same time, India has received £47,195,338 in “aid” from the British government, that is, the British taxpayers.
According to the UK’s Department of International Development’s (DFID) website, the British tax money is used to provide “Affordable Housing in Poor States” which provides “loans to build 17,000 housing units and 10,000 home loans for first-time home owners. This will result in 27,000 construction jobs for the poorest people in low income states in India by 2020.”
Another project is to “Promote More Rigorous and Systematic Assessment of the Impact of Development Policies and Programmes,” which, the DFID says, is to invest in “impact evaluation is part of DFID’s overall strategy on results to strengthen independent evaluation and stimulate the production of public goods inherent to impact evaluation studies.”
Yet another project is called the “Infrastructure Loan Fund,” which provides “access to new/import infrastructure services such as electricity, sewage and transport to an estimated 280,000 people.”
In addition, the British aid provides a “Poorest States Inclusive Growth Programme” which, the DFID says, will “enhance economic value generated for the poor as producers, consumers and employees by investing in impact enterprises. This will benefit up to 30 enterprises and generate employment incomes of at least £10m.”
Other projects financed by the British taxpayers include an “Infrastructure Equity Fund,” an “Innovative Ventures & Technologies for Development,” an “Infrastructure Policy Fund,” a “Bihar Agriculture Growth and Reform Initiative,” a “Infrastructure for Climate Resilient Growth in India,” and a “Knowledge Partnership programme.”
* The DFID website also states that the single biggest recipient of UK aid is the state of Pakistan, which will get an incredible £381,565,516 ($497,437,078) in the 2017/2018 financial year.
Pakistan has an army of over 643,800 men—the sixth largest in the world—and a budget of $8 billion.
Pakistan also has nuclear weapons, has a navy fleet of 63 ships and 101 aircraft, a regular air force of 961 aircraft –including 76 F-16 fighter jets.
Pakistan’s F-16s line up at an air force base. Pakistan is the single largest recipient of UK “foreign aid.”