India rejects UAE government's US$100 million flood disaster fund offer

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Mr Vijayan said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, called up Prime Minister Modi and made the offer for assistance.

"Informally informed with regret that the Government of India is not accepting overseas donations for Kerala flood relief".

Chief Justice Rajendra Menon as well as the puisne Judges of the Delhi High Court have decided to make voluntary contributions to the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund created for the Kerala floods relief.


Others privy to the thinking within the UPA government on refusing foreign assistance during the tsunami said a major concern was the presence of security installations along the affected areas. Even Maldives, despite now frosty diplomatic ties with India, announced a donation of $50,000 (Rs 35 lakh). The government will continue to accept private contributions. "Our hearts are with you, the people of Bharat", Chutintorn Sam Gongsakdi said.

India has refused all bilateral aid for disaster as its economy grew, marking a new era of self-reliance. India has not accepted foreign aid for any natural disaster since 2004.

These sections accuse the government at the Centre for keeping away foreign financial assistance for Kerala to ensure the state has no option but to rely on PM Modi's generosity to tide over the massive challenge it would face in the coming days.


There was a time when India was badly in need of foreign exchange and therefore, also keen to get any financial assistance that came from outside. According to initial reports, the flood-hit state has suffered a loss of over Rs 20,000 crore. "I don't know why they should deny some other government's help", he told NDTV news channel. It might be recalled that the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan has in a series of tweets expressed his gratitude to UAE for their generosity. "In fact, a majority of the population (in UAE) would be Malayalis", he added. The expat Indian community in the UAE - a big chunk of who have roots in Kerala - have already announced generous donations.

Balakrishnan said the Centre's decision against relief fund for Kerala could not be justified since India has been accepting foreign aid for several of its initiatives. We have our reservations on what has been provided by the Centre and we want it to permit the outside world to help Kerala. "The state needs help from all to rebuild". "The concern is about the second phase - the reconstruction", Mr Issacs said.

More than 1.3 million people have now packed into temporary camps even though the floods, which have left at least 420 dead and missing, are fast receding. A resident of Thrissur in Kerala, Hanan said the money was donated by various people after her struggle to fund her studies and take care of her family.


Additionally, the chief minister has also demanded Rs 2600-crore MGNREGA special package for central schemes.

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