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Should rich countries stop sending development aid to India? No

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f73 (Published 10 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f73

Re: Should rich countries stop sending development aid to India? No

Poverty is the greatest pathogen that haunts Indian society and it is said that many Indians are living on less than Rs.70' (<1 Pound). The gap between the rich and poor is very wide, supporting the concept that the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. It is natural that foreign aid is essential to meet some of the essential necessities of life. The decision to stop aid may be due to the concept “charity begins at home" by UK government but charity must end with India. When I say charity it means aid with a dignified connotation.

One must remember that aid is like an iceberg in the initial stage which becomes a drop by the time it reaches the needy. It is because of the bureaucratic relay that takes place when it passes through many before reaching its target population. The donor nation must see to that it reaches the person who needs them by taking adequate measures. Therefore countries that can afford to need to continue their developmental aid to needy nations.

Competing interests: No competing interests

16 January 2013
dhastagir s sheriff
Faculty of Medicine, Benghazi University
Benghazi, Libya