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COVID-19: India begins accepting foreign aid for the first time in 16 years

Around 16 years ago, Manmohan Singh had announced that New Delhi will not accept aid from foreign countries.

April 29, 2021 / 02:56 PM IST

In a significant shift from the erstwhile policy of not accepting foreign aid, the India has started accepting fiscal aid, donations and gifts from countries as the country is battling to contain the spiraling COVID-19 cases and deaths.

With the massive rise in infections in the second wave of the pandemic, several states have been reeling under a severe shortage of medical oxygen, beds, ventilators and other medical supplies.

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Countries around the world have offered to send medical supplies to help India tide over the situation So far the list includes the US, Russia, France, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Luxembourg, Singapore, Portugal, Sweden, New Zealand, Kuwait and Mauritius.