Indian Government donates vehicles to support Maldives Correctional Services

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar of India | Photo: Foreign Ministry

Male’, Maldives – Indian Government today gifted the Maldives Correctional Services (MCS) with four vehicles.

A grant assistance from India worth MVR 8 million was allocated to MCS under two components. The first was to procure vehicles so the transportation issues faced by MCS are eased, and to increase the capacity of MCS to undertake its responsibilities effectively. The second component was to procure a passenger launch.

While the Indian Government gifted a total of four vehicles; a car and three vans under the first component of the project, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives informs that the second component is currently ongoing.

At the event, Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid highlighted the crucial role played by Maldives Correctional Service in the reform and reintegration of offenders back to society as responsible citizens. Minister Shahid also mentioned the importance of increasing the effectiveness of the institution in providing its services to the people of Maldives.

We believe that the handover of the vehicles will ease the logistical issues related to the transportation of offenders and witness, in and around greater Male’ area.

Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid.

The financial support for this project was provided by India from the grant assistance of USD 6.9 million (MVR 106 million) they granted to the Maldives during the visit of the Minister of External Affairs of India in March 2019. This was to onduct socio-economic development projects across the country which make a significant impact.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs that the projects under this grant will be managed by local authorities.

The official handover ceremony was attended by the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudhir, and Commissioner of Prisons Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu along with Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives Correctional Service and the High Commission of India in Maldives.