DFID to Scrap Support for West Bengal

The U.K. Department for International Development will end its financial support for the Indian state of West Bengal in 2011.

DfID is dissatisfied with the performance of the various state projects it has been funding and decided to cut support by March 2011, Live Mint reports. Some of the projects affected by the cut will not be completed by March, the news agency adds.

DfID, meanwhile, will continue to fund projects in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar, Live Mint says. It adds that West Bengal may still receive U.K. funding through channels other than DfID.

In July, the U.K. began reviewing its annual development aid to India, worth 250 million pounds (USD374 million), as the country is seen as no longer in need of foreign aid.

Conservative Party member Jo Johnson argued that India already has the capacity to fund its own development programs.

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