New Delhi: Japan government on Wednesday signed agreements with four Indian non-profit organisations, under which the Asian nation will financially aid them to improve infrastructure and expand their humanitarian activities.
The projects include expansion of vocational training centre for persons with disabilities in Delhi, construction of shelter homes in Amroha in Uttar Pradesh for destitute and helpless old-aged people picked up from the streets of Delhi.
The other two projects are -- construction of community health clinic in Khamrang village, in Lolasib district in Mizoram and out-patient department for poor in Agra.
Ambassador of Japan to India Takeshi Yagi and representatives from the four organisations signed the agreements at the Japanese Embassy here under Japan's 'Grant Assistance for Grassroots Project (GGP)'.
"We cooperate with other countries in big projects like freight corridors, but we also look at smaller projects like these to build relations.
"And, the basic idea in all these projects here is human security, which facilitate sustainable self-reliance. This is one of the pillars of our cooperation and one of the pillars of our diplomatic efforts," Yagi said.
The ambassador said, the Japan government had been trying to identify projects to release grants to them under the Project, and as one can see the beneficiary organisations are situated from Agra to Mizoram.
The NGO from Mizoram is 'Mission Foundation Movement', 'Sant Hardyal Education and Orphans Welfare Society' from Amroha, 'Tamana' from Delhi and 'Assissi Sisters' St Joseph's Dispensary' from Agra.
"The idea also of course is not just protection through security but also capacity building...All projects are diverse and we are very happy to support them," Yagi said.
Under GGP, Japan government offers a financial assistance scheme for development projects designed to meet the diverse basic human needs of the people in developing countries.
Since 1989, the scheme has been supporting projects to be implemented by non-profit organisations such as NGOs, educational and medical institutions which are eligible to receive foreign funds under the law of the Government of India.