Boost to Yoga projects in India as Britain’s Foreign aid bill increased by 13%

London: The Britain’s Foreign aid bill to the European Union, an International organisation based in Brussels, has soared by £177m i.e. from £1.33billion in 2015 to £1.5 billion in 2016. The projects funded through EU include helping Coconut farmers in Carribean through £1 million scheme, £581,152 for Juggling lessons in Tanzania and African Dancing. Funds have also been routeed to India and China to aid Yoga Classes for heart patients in India and for Dementia care in China. The aid sent to China was almost £50m and for India it was £100m.
Among EU’s projects also include helping wildlife management in western serengeti, strengthening ties with Iran to boost culture and education for improving ties with UK and sustainable rice research programme bewtween UK, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Phillipines to ensure affordable rice to everyone.
Tory MPs requested the new International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt to get a hold on how cash is being spent.
Priti Patel,still in charge of Department for International Development (DfID), in last month had said that “We just give a chunk of money over to the European Commission which we don’t have any oversight over’ and also told that ‘There isn’t much oversight and transparency and accountability.”
According to Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Tory MP : “The problem with the set target is that it means money has to be spent. Spending money to teach money on yoga in India is spending money to teach Catholicism to the Holy Father.”
“People will find it hard to believe aid is going to places like China” Said another Fellow Tory Sir Bill Cash.
Last year Whitehall officials had spent £92.6 million on projects in India and the amount sent to China rose sharply by £2.6 million to £46.9 million, not withstanding the pledges to stop sending aid directly to India.
“The UK’s development funding through the EU reduces poverty. All EU development programmes are individually scrutinised and approved by the UK.”said another DfID spokesman.