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Japan-India Relations
Press Release No.5

- Rs. 32 crore grant to UNICEF

Embargo: 11:00 hrs NEW DELHI: June 25, 2004

The Government of Japan has agreed to extend to the Government of India a grant assistance of 2134.00 million yen (approximately equivalent to Rs.90 crore) for setting up the Diarrheal Research and Control Centre by the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Kolkata. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged between H.E. Mr. Yasukuni Enoki, Ambassador of Japan to India, and Mr. Vivek Mehrotra, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, at a ceremony held in the Ministry of Finance today.

Recipient of the Grant and its utilization

NICED, the prominent research institute in the country, was set up in 1963 for the study of diarrheal disorder by the Indian Council of Medical Research, and specializes in detection of harmful bacteria causing cholera and enteric diseases in human beings, and offering necessary treatment to the patients. The institute is primarily involved in analysis, prevention and treatment of various kinds of diarrheal disorders as well as training of healthcare workers. Japan has earlier extended Technical Cooperation to NICED for their project in Phase I (1998-2002), and has committed its continuation as well for phase II (2003-08). The present grant assistance being extended additionally would enable NICED to vastly improve the research facilities, and effectively contribute towards its efforts to combat diarrheal disorders.

Japan’s commitment

The amount of grant assistance extended to NICED is the largest ever to a single project in India by Japan. Earlier, on May 31, 2004, the Government of Japan signed and exchanged Notes with UNICEF for extending a grant assistance of 798 million yen for the Intensified Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) campaign to eradicate poliomyelitis from India. With this, the amount of grant aid extended by Japan to India during the current fiscal year sums up to approximately 3 billion yen, and India continues to be one of the largest beneficiaries of Japanese ODA.