UK insists aid to India is not stolen

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London: Britain today vehemently denied reports that alleged that millions of pounds of aid to India was being "frittered away or stolen" on projects in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, and insisted that "British aid to India works".

In a report based on a visit to projects running on British aid in India, the Daily Mail reported that the money was not achieving the desired results, and was instead "frittered away or stolen" by corrupt people responsible for distributing it.

It also questioned the wisdom of sending aid to an increasingly prosperous India. The report provoked fury among readers of the mass circulation tabloid, who questioned the David Cameron government`s wisdom in giving 1.4 billion pounds in aid to India between now and 2015, when Britain itself was in the throes of economic crisis.

A spokesperson of the Department for International Development told PTI: "This article is profoundly misleading. DFID money is not `frittered away or stolen`. We have a team of dedicated people checking money is spent properly and achieves results, and we only pay project bills once we have a clean audit report".

The spokesperson added: "International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell personally ordered an investigation into use of UK funds in the education programme in the article and found no evidence that British money was misused".

According to the spokesperson, "British aid to India works". Since 2005, British aid had lifted 2.3 million people out of poverty in three poor states alone. .

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