Modiji has a big heart. He increased the allocations for Maldives tourism development from 400 Cr to 770 Cr even after getting insulted. The celebrities who boycotted Maldives to please the emperor look like clowns.
In the first week of January, Modi uploaded pictures of himself strolling along a beach in Lakshadweep on social media platform X, which sparked the controversy. Due to a fierce social media battle, three Maldivian deputy ministers and a few MPs used disparaging language against Prime Minister Modi. The conflict between trolls was transformed into a diplomatic issue.
BJP supporters- boycott Maldives
Godi media- boycott Maldives
Bollywood actors- boycott Maldives
— Amock (@Politics_2022_) February 1, 2024
In this case, a viral post has been circulated by Congress pages and supporters. Congress Kerala posted “Modiji has a big heart. He increased the allocations for Maldives tourism development from 400 Cr to 770 Cr even after getting insulted. The celebrities who boycotted Maldives to please the emperor look like clowns.” This X post is shared with an attached expenditure profile of 2024-2025 with the title ‘Grants and loans to foreign governments.’ You can view a similar post here.
What’s the truth?
When we began our investigation using keyword search, we found numerous articles concerning the Maldives’ budget allotment amid their ongoing dispute.
According to the India Today article it stated that “Budget 2024: The government has reduced its overall allocation for aid to foreign countries for the forthcoming fiscal year by 10 percent.” Here we notice that the title of the article is “India cuts aid to Maldives, grants to other foreign nations see a drop too.” When we read through the report it says that “India has proposed cutting aid to the Maldives by 22 percent for the 2024-25 financial year, as per the Interim Budget document released by the government on Thursday.
Maldives has been allocated Rs 600 crore for developmental assistance, the third highest in aid to foreign countries by the government. In 2023-24, Maldives was given Rs 770.90 crore as aid, an increase of over 300 percent from the Rs 183.16 crore granted in 2022-23.
The government had initially allocated Rs 400 crore for the Maldives in Budget 2023. It was later revised to Rs 770.90 crore.
For the past few years, India has been the leading aid and assistance partner to the Maldives. India’s assistance to the island nation involves sectors such as defense, education, healthcare, and infrastructure.”
When skimming through the Finance Ministry’s Expenditure profile we found the same amount listed as grant to Maldives.
All this information clarifies that the increased allocation of Maldives grants from 400 Cr to 770 Cr is for developmental assistance and not tourism.
Thus, we conclude that the claim stating Modi increased the allocations for Maldives tourism development from 400 Cr to 770 Cr is false and misleading. In reality, the increased funds are for developmental assistance and not for tourism.