Department for International Development
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UK aid to India
A DFID spokesperson said:
British aid is not used to fund India's space programme. Our development aid to India is earmarked for specific purposes like tackling child malnutrition, providing malaria bednets and secondary education for Dalit girls.
Andrew Mitchell personally ensured that the programme was overhauled to reflect India's rising resources, and to ensure that it represents good value for money for the British taxpayer. Our work is now focused in three of the poorest states and by 2015 about half of the programme will focus on private sector investment to help the people out of poverty.
As Andrew Mitchell has said, we won't be in India forever, we are walking the final mile. The Indian government has made great progress on tackling poverty but there is still huge need.