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A day after Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has announced a total relief package of Rs 700 crore for Kerala flood recovery, the Central government has reportedly indicated that relief should not be accepted from other nations, only from individuals abroad.
“The central government is of the stand that Kerala can take help from individuals abroad. But if any government is ready to help, we should not take it,” a senior official from the finance ministry of Kerala was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Business Standard.
“We are specifically told that if any offer comes directly, we should get clearance from the Centre,” he added.
Apart from UAE, Qatar had also announced a relief of Rs 35 crore for Kerala and Maldives has announced Rs 34 lakh
According to a document circulated amongst state officials overseeing the relief operations, the Centre is keen to meet the requirements of Kerala domestically.
“In view of the above, you may politely convey to your interlocutors that in the present circumstances, the Government of India has taken a considered decision to rely solely on domestic efforts to tide over the challenge,” it said.
In contrast, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek aid from the United Nations and the World Health Organisation, saying that the aid given by the centre of Rs 600 crore is 'grossly inadequate' considering the damage caused.
UAE’s Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had on Saturday instructed an immediate formation of a national emergency committee to provide relief assistance to people affected by the floods in Kerala.
“The people of Kerala have always been and are still part of our success story in the UAE. We have a special responsibility to help and support those affected, especially during this holy and blessed days,” he said.