Kerala wants centre to accept foreign aid

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The foreign affairs ministry has communicated this decision to the fire gin governments that have offered financial aid to Kerala, which was hit by the worst floods in a century.

Much of this had evolved from its self image, growing confidence over its own capacity as well as its rising clout at the worldwide stage as an emerging global power.

India will not accept financial help from nations for flood-wrecked Kerala, the government said on Tuesday in an escalating row over aid from overseas. "In line with existing policy, govt [government] is committed to meeting requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts".

However, the state has been getting help from across the national and global community, and the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund has received Rs 318 crore in donations till Thursday. The central government has claimed that it is against policy to take foreign aid for Kerala.

"I am feeling very disheartened that Kerala has been destroyed by flood and people suffering a lot they are like our brothers and sisters".

According to India's central government health index, Kerala has the best performing public health system of any state in the country.

The centre's decision to refuse funds from the UAE will rekindle debates on autarky. Kerala finance minister T.M. Thomas Isaac has tweeted that the Centre "should compensate Kerala" if it was not accepting the UAE offer because the government was neither giving enough funds to Kerala nor was it accepting the UAE government's voluntary offer to help the state. "We feel that we can cope with the situation on our own and we will take their help if needed", then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had famously declared in December 2004.

The national disaster management plan, adopted in May 2016, makes nearly the same point.

According to Mansingh, who not only worked as one of key coordinators between the government and the foreign agencies during the Bhuj natural disaster but also with the finance ministry on this critical issue, points to different stages as the country's policy evolved.

"The whole world is extending a helping hand towards the State at this juncture", Vijayan added, citing distress contributions from across the country - and exhorting New Delhi's further assistance.

And the Centre has since stuck by this policy of not accepting foreign aid, unless India can not handle the crisis independently.

"If the rule was changed by the previous government, I have no qualms to say that the Modi government should rewrite it", he told the media.

So this is what the Indian Government was telling us the whole time by "Ache din" because what they really meant was "Rot in hell".

Moreover, he points out that during the Bhuj quake the coordination between Gujarat administration, the foreign ministry and foreign aid workers worked beautifully because the state government knew exactly the areas where it needed foreign help.

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