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Material Assistance

MATERIAL ASSISTANCE RECEIVED FROM SAARC

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India received material assistance from the SAARC nations in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19.

Key data’s:

  • The material assistance received by India from the SAARC nations in the forms of masks, gloves and disinfectants have crossed $1 million.
  • Other countries: The material assistance was given to other countries – Bhutan and the Maldives.
  • Control rooms: Special control rooms have been set up by the MEA are being further strengthened to enhance efficiency of the response to specific issues of specific countries
  • It is also equipped with dedicated helplines that are operating 24×7 to respond to the concerns in a secure and timely manner.
  • Staff members: The staff deployed in this control room were 25-30 people working in 8-hour shifts to deal with the issues.

About SAARC:

  • Abbreviated as: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
  • Established on: The Organization was established on 8 December 1985 by signing SAARC Charter in Dhaka.
  • Headquarters: The Headquarters and the Secretariat was located at Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Members: The member countries were – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
  • Afghanistan became the latest member in 2005 in 13th annual SAARC summit.
  • Observer states: The total observer countries were 9Australia, China, the European Union, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mauritius, Myanmar and the United States of America.
  • Significance for India: Following are the significance of SAARC to Indian country;
  • Neighbourhood first: Primacy to the country’s immediate neighbours.
  • Geostrategic significance: Can counter China (OBOR initiative) through engaging Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka in development process and economic cooperation.
  • Regional stability: SAARC can help in creation of mutual trust and peace within the region.
  • Global leadership role: It offers India a platform to showcase its leadership in the region by taking up extra responsibilities.
  • Game changer for India’s Act East Policy: By linking South Asian economies with South East asian will bring further economic integration and prosperity to India mainly in the Services Sector.

Links to note:

https://www.iasipstnpsc.in/emergency-fund/

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/covid-19-india-gets-1-million-materials-requests-from-saarc-nations/1903960/

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