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India's Finance Minister referred to the financial aid given by Britain to his country as nothing more than 'peanuts', it is claimed.
It is also claimed that Pranab Mukherjee and other Indian ministers tried to reject the money - around £280million a year - from the UK in 2011, but the British Government 'begged' them to take the money.
The Sunday Telegraph claims that the Indian government were disposed to reject the money in April last year, because of the 'negative publicity of Indian poverty' highlighted by the aid.
According to official transcripts, Mr Mukherjee said: 'We do not require the aid. It is a peanut in our total development exercises.'
Figures show India's economy is booming - and may eclipse Britain's economy within the next decade.
The row over aid to a booming country was exacerbated by the news last week that French firm Dassault Rafale was selected as the preferred bidder to supply 126 military jets to the Indian air force.
It was hoped the £13billion deal would be given to the UK - with Government officials claiming the £1billion of aid paid out to India over the last five years would help win the investment.
The British bid, by BAE Systems, which builds the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, was consigned to second place.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said in December that Britain’s controversial foreign aid programme was partly designed to win the bid.
The aid package is 15 times larger than the £18million France sent to India in 2009.
Asked to justify Indian aid last year, Mr Mitchell said: 'It's a very important relationship. The focus is also about seeking to sell Typhoon.'
The decision was also a setback for David Cameron, who visited India in 2010 with six Cabinet ministers and around 60 businessmen to try to establish Britain as the ‘partner of choice’ for India.
During Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, Mr Cameron said he was 'disappointed' by the decision.
He said: 'We don't expect any job losses stemming from this decision and it does not rule out the Typhoon for India.'
He insisted BAE Systems was still in the hunt for the contract, despite losing the first round of bidding.
Indian officials said Dassault emerged in front because the Rafale jet was ‘much cheaper unit-wise’ than the Eurofighter.
It was reported that Dassault slashed its price demands to ensure the deal was done.
One Indian defence ministry source said: ‘The Indian air force, which is well-equipped with French fighters, is favouring the French.’ The Rafale jets will replace India’s ageing fleet of Russian MiGs.
According to financial advisers Merrill Lynch, India has 153,000 dollar-millionaires — a 20 per cent rise in a year, compared with Britain’s own paltry increase of less than 1 per cent.
Such is the economic power of India that it now gives out more foreign aid than it receives, and has handed over £3.5billion to cement relations with impoverished Africa.
Meanwhile, it invests huge sums in ambitious projects: £2billion will put the first Indian astronauts into space by 2016, and the annual defence budget tops £22billion, with a third aircraft carrier now under construction in an Indian shipyard.

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I vill tank you preez to not fill my head with your Pranab Mukherjee you are velcum.

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Good I am glad they don't, I am sick of my government sending money abroad just to bolster there fucking armies.

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Good I am glad they don't, I am sick of my government sending money abroad just to bolster there fucking armies.
Time we just looked after ourselves and our own country that is falling apart.

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The ungrateful should eat sh*t and die.

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Britain will continue to lavish more than £1billion in aid to India while making deep cuts to services at home despite India deriding the UK contribution, Downing Street said today.
In a deeply embarrassing row for the British government India's Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee's said that he no longer wants or needs the UK's money, which he described as 'a peanut in our total development expenditure'.
A leaked memo dating from 2010 has also emerged in which India's then foreign minister Nirupama Rao suggested India should not accept any further aid from Britain's Department for International Development because of the 'negative publicity of Indian poverty promoted by DFID'.

The comments sparked calls from MPs for the Indian aid programme to be cancelled, with dissenting voices including Conservative MP Philip Davies who said: 'There will be millions of hard-pressed families wondering why on earth the Government is wasting money in this way.'
But today David Cameron's official spokesman said that Mr Mukherjee’s comments had actually been made about a year ago, and that the payments would therefore continue.
The spokesman said: 'We have reviewed our aid commitments to India.

'We continue to think it is right to stick to those aid commitments. We continue to provide aid to India, but we focus it on the three poorest states.
'The reason we are doing that is because a huge number of the poorest people in the world live in these states.
'The Government has always been very clear about sticking to its aid commitments and the fact that it would not balance the books on the backs of the poorest people in the world. It is going to stick to that.'

Sources in Delhi have suggested British officials begged India to accept the aid in the first place in order to help it to meet a United Nations target of spending 0.7per cent of GDP on foreign aid by 2013
One Indian source commented: 'They said British ministers had spent political capital justifying the aid to their electorate.
'They said it would be highly embarrassing if [India] pulled the plug.'
To meet the UN target Britain has promised to spend an average of £280 million a year in India's country’s poorest states until 2015.
However, the aid to India programme has been slammed as a vanity project by those who oppose it.
Tory MP Peter Bone urged ministers to abandon the 0.7 per cent target, saying: 'India has its own foreign aid programme so it is absurd for us to be still giving them aid. They are more than capable of looking after their own issues.
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