Kerala has been witnessing incessant rainfall over the last few days, causing unprecedented flooding and landslides in several parts of the state. So far more than 357 people have lost their lives due to the floods.
Even as several countries like UAE, Maldives and Qatar have come forward with huge sums as aid to Kerala to help the south Indian state recover from the wide-scale devastation caused by floods, India is reportedly sticking to its policy of not accepting disaster aid from foreign countries, instead depending solely on domestic resources.
PM Modi thanks UAE’s aid for Kerala flood, But did not accept offer!
A big thanks to @hhshkmohd for his gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this difficult time. His concern reflects the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 18, 2018
Here is what MEA said-
In a statement, The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, ““The Government of India deeply appreciates offers from several countries, including from foreign governments, to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts after the tragic floods.
In line with the existing policy, the Government is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts. Contributions to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund from NRIs, PIOs and international entities such as foundations would, however, be welcome.”
Thailand’s ambassador to India, Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi tweet reads-
“Informally informed with regret that GOI is not accepting overseas donations for Kerala flood relief. Our hearts are with you the people of Bharat,” tweeted Thailand’s ambassador to India, Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi.
Opposition and Kerela’s govt openly lashed out at Modi Govt
However, both the state government in Kerala and opposition leaders have come out to openly lash at the Modi government for turning down foreign aid in time of need!
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told the Indian Express in an interview – “As I understand, the UAE on its own has proposed this aid. The UAE cannot be considered as any other nation as their rulers have underlined,”
“Indians, especially Keralites, have contributed immensely in their nation building,” he said.
Here is why India is not accepting foreign aid! They’re following Manmohan Singh’s lead!
The legal hurdle that has hindered the much needed aid to Kerala is a policy which was enacted in 2004 to not to take foreign financial aid.
In December 2004, Dr Singh had taken a call stating that India could cope with the situation. In the 2004 tsunami, the states of Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar Islands were affected, killing more than 12,000 people and 6 lakhs were displaced.
Since, then India was offered aid by Japan and the United States of America (US) after floods in Uttarakhand had ravaged large parts of the state in 2013, India had rejected the help.
The MMS government decided that India has the capacity to handle disasters.
Syed Akbaruddin, the then Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson, had clarified:-
“As you know, as a general policy in case of rescue and relief operations we have followed the practice that we have adequate ability to respond to emergency requirements. And, for a variety of reasons we have not in the past too, unless there are specific circumstances, been able to accept offers of assistance for rescue and relief.”
Over Rs200 crore has come in as cash assistance. Here’s a break up:
|State||Donation (Rs crore)|
|Jammu and Kashmir||2|
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