Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted 200 cows to a village in Rwanda, his first stop in a three-nation tour of Africa which began on Monday.
Under Girinka, a social protection scheme of the Rwanda government personally overseen by President Kagame, poorest family are gifted dairy cows by the government and the first female calf born to the cow is gifted to the neighbour, thus promoting brotherhood and solidarity. Those cows have been gifted by India and would be sourced from Rwanda.
An official from South Block confirmed, “Modi’s two day’s state visit to Rwanda one-of Africa’s fastest growing economies, assumes significance as this is the first by an India Prime Minister. Also it will have an impact on Indo-African trade and economic tie.”
After the one and one talks with President Paul Kagame, Modi announced that India will soon open its mission in Rwanda and will also open a high commission here. India also extended USD 200 million lines of credit to Rwanda.
Besides this announcement the Prime Minister of India held wide-ranging talks with President Kagame and discussed measure to strengthen co-operation in trade and agriculture sector, reported sources.
The two countries also signed agreements on Leather and allied areas and agricultural research. India also extended two lines of credit one of USD 100 million for development of Industrial Parks and Kigali special economic zone (SEZ) in Rwanda and another one for USD 100 million for agriculture.
“India to give 200 cows to Rwanda. India attaches the highest importance to Rwanda, two lines of credit will be extended to Rwanda during Prime Minister Visit,” TS Krishnamurty, Secretary (economic relations) in the ministry of external affairs had told reporters in New Delhi on Friday.
Modi will proceed to Uganda today for a two-day visit, the first bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister since 1997.
The opposition, however, took this visit as a run-away policy of Indian Prime Minister. They alleged, each and every time during Parliament session PM is scheduled to visit foreign nations. This happens only to by-pass the parliament procedure, and ignores the Nation’s burning problem. It is very much unfortunate opined a Congress source.