Japan has given United Nations children's fund UNICEF a grant of 120 million Yen, the equivalent to Rs. 7.2 crore, for buying vaccines, supplies, equipment and services in 2012 to ensure India remains free of polio virus.

Japan's Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki and UNICEF India Representative Karin Hulshof signed the Exchange of Note at a ceremony in the Japanese Embassy here. Shinichi Yamanaka, Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency, India Office, and Ms. Hulshof signed the Grant agreement. Mr. Saiki lauded the concerted efforts of the Centre, the State governments and international partner agencies spearheaded by the UNICEF and WHO, in India's fight against polio.