India to provide 69 million rupees assistance to Nepal for goitre control

Jan 9, 2015 10:44 IST

Indian Government on 8 January 2015 decided to provide 69 million rupees to Nepal as assistance to launch the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme (IDDCP) for goitre control across the country.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Ranjit Rae handed over a cheque of 17.25 million rupees as an advance payment to the secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Nepal for launching the programme.

Background
The IDDCP, earlier known as Goitre Control Programme, was signed under the financial assistance of Government of India on 3 August 2014 during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal.

India had so far provided grant assistance of 686 million Rupees to Nepal for the control of Goitre and other iodine deficiency disorders during 1973-1998, 2004-07, 2009-14 in the form of subsidy for re-iodisation of salt, packing, transportation and advocacy.

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