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Kerala flood: Congress demands- Modi government to accept foreign aid

Kerala flood: Congress demands- Modi government to accept foreign aid
23 Aug
9:30

New Delhi: After the flood water in Kerala has reduced, people gradually started returning to their homes. We are working to repair the ruined homes. Nearly 13 lakh refugees are staying in relief camps in 14 districts of the province. These people have been kept in more than 3,000 relief camps. There has been a political debate over foreign aid in the province. The leaders of Kerala’s political parties have asked the central government to re-consider the acceptance of foreign aid for relief work in the state. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that if needed, he will also talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Today Chief Minister will visit the relief camps

The Modi government of the center has refused to accept foreign aid for floods in Kerala. The ruling Marxist Communist Party (CPI-M) and the opposition Congress have expressed displeasure over this decision. Former Defense Minister AK Antony said that the rules should be changed to accept foreign donations.
After the report of the Center refusing to accept foreign aid, the issue has become serious because the former United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has decided not to seek foreign assistance while dealing with national calamities, making the country competent and The current government also persisted on that stand. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) offered help of $ 100 million (about Rs 700 crore) on Tuesday for relief work in flood affected Kerala. It is known that the migrants of Kerala are in abundance in the UAE.

On the other hand, the Ambassador of Thailand in New Delhi said through tweet that India does not accept foreign aid for flood relief work in Kerala. Chutintorne Sam Gongsqi said, “It is unfortunate to mention that foreign aid is not being accepted for flood relief in Kerala. We have sympathy for you in our hearts, people of India!”
It is said that Maldives and Qatar have also offered help to the state.

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He said that according to the National Disaster Policy 2016, Foreign Fund can be accepted, so there should be no problem in it. Vijayan said in an interview to the Indian Express, “I believe that the UAE has offered itself a self-help. The UAE can not be considered as another nation, as has its rulers underlined.”
He said, “Indians, especially the people of Kerala, have a great deal to build their nation.” Kerala’s finance minister Thomas Isaac said that he was surprised by the central government’s sanctions on the financial assistance of UAE for flood victims, while the government itself has given only Rs 600 crore as aid till now.

Isaac said, “We had asked for two thousand crores of rupees, they (center) gave us only 600 crores, I do not know why they are refusing the help of other governments.” Former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also expressed surprise at the Center for allegedly rejecting the help of the UAE.

Chandy wrote a letter to Modi saying, “I am sorry that the financial assistance announced by the Indian government is disappointing because the crisis is quite complex.” He said that Kerala needs proper help to overcome the crisis. They urged Modi that the obstacles in the way of foreign aid should be removed.
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