According to the sources, India is all set to gift Fast Interceptor Craft Vessel to the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) to further strengthen its security ties with the island nation.
Apart from this, the Indian government has already started on three projects in the Maldives that will foster development in the country, these projects include illuminating of the capital city -Male through LED lighting, rolling out of RuPay card and installing 3 fish processing plants.
Since Ibrahim Mohamed Solih became President of Maldives, Indian ties with the island state have reached on another level. President Solin and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three community projects through video conference.
Under the projects, India will put over 2,500 LED lights in Male. Till now, India has successfully distributed over 2,00,000 LED bulbs across the households in the Maldives.
The other two projects are the launch of RuPay which will facilitate e-payments in the Maldives to join a growing number of countries where RuPay is acceptable including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Singapore, and Bhutan.
Earlier this year, India built Coastal Surveillance System and also inaugurated composite training facility for defense forces when Prime Minister Modi visited Maldives first time during his second term.
Strategic relationship with the Maldives becomes very important for India to tackle China’s ambitious expansion policies in the Indian Ocean. The Maldives has a major role to play in strengthening India’s position in the region.
Indian relations with the Maldives became strong when India helped the nation in repelling the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam militias under Operation Cactus.
Apart from security, both the nations enjoy strong economic and cultural relations. Apart from helping in developing infrastructure, India is also assisting the Maldives in training its Civil Servants. Interestingly, BCCI is providing training to both Men and Women cricketers in the Island nation.