India’s message to Afghanistan in Union Budget 2022.
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the union budget 2022 on February 1st and the budget allocated to different countries clearly indicate India’s priorities. Last year when Afghanistan was not under the control of Kabul India allocated 348 crores in its budget to Afghanistan. This year there was drastic change in India’s allocation of the budget to different states such as:
The allocated budget for most of the countries have increased or almost same as last year whereas, the budget allocated for Afghanistan, Bhutan and Nepal is decreased when compared to the budget allocated to these countries in the last year. Afghanistan was taken over by Kabul in August 2021 and since then the Indian embassy in Kabul is closed and India did not recognise the Kabul government yet.
The budget allocated to Afghanistan can be interpreted in two ways:
Low budget was allocated to Afghanistan because:
So, the statement given by the former foreign secretary explains clearly the message behind the allocation of the budget even-though India don’t recognise their government and also explains the reason for allocating lowest budget than last year but apart from this budget India has helped Afghanistan in many other matters even after it was taken over by Kabul such as Providing medical kits including live saving medicines and vaccines during covid emergency period. India has also made plans to send tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan in collaboration with un food Programme.
To conclude the budget announced by the finance minister Seetharaman clearly indicates a message to Afghanistan people that India is still having concerns over welfare of the Afghan even-though India do not recognise the government yet and because of the halt on infrastructure project on Kabul there is less amount allocated to Afghanistan than last year.