India is considered to be one of the largest troop contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions all around the world. Every year thousands of military and paramilitary officers serve in war-torn countries putting their lives at stake.
Recently, the United Nations released a report on its financial situation, according to which the world body owes $38 million to India for its peacekeeping operations.
This is also the highest amount the UN has to pay to any country as of March 2019, followed by Rwanda, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.
According to the report, the UN has to pay a total of $265 million for its active peacekeeping missions. This has put financial burden on several low-income countries that contribute the most towards UN peacekeeping operations.
UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, expressed his concern over the deteriorating financial condition of the body and hinted that the arrears to the ‘troop and police’ contributing countries could increase to $588 million by June 2019 in the worst-case scenario.
He has requested the General Assembly to increase the Working Capital Fund to $350 million from 1st July, 2019, and to create a Peacekeeping Working Capital Fund of $250 million in order to improve the financial condition of the organisation.