Kerala floods: Emirates to carry 175 tonnes of relief cargo

Kerala floods: Emirates to carry 175 tonnes of relief cargo

Kerala floods: Emirates to carry 175 tonnes of relief cargo

India has rejected an offer from UAE government to provide $100 million fund to help those affected by floods in the southern state of Kerala, though the losses were estimated at more than $3 billion due to the floods.

This comes at a time when Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked the BJP-led Centre to explain as to why the aid offered by the UAE can not be excepted. Pillai said: "We want Vijayan to explain about this news and from where he received it".

On the occasion of Onam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday expressed hope that the auspicious harvest festival will give further strength to the people of flood-battered Kerala in the times to come.

State and non-state players from across the globe have come forward to help the flood-ravaged Kerala. Considering the magnitude of the devastation that has happened in Kerala, the Centre has released ₹100 crore for immediate relief.

We fail to see how our national pride will be hurt if we accept the offer of a generous financial assistance from the UAE Government for the Kerala flood relief and rehabilitation effort. "Contributions to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and the CM's Relief Fund from NRIs, PIOs and global entities such as foundations would, however, be welcome", MEA spokesperson noted.

The Hindu reported that if the offer is accepted, it will reverse a 15-year-old convention put in place by the government in 2004 where it decided not to take foreign aid. This policy has been followed since the tsunami hit India in December 2004.

NDTV quoted a senior Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official as saying, "If foreign aid is coming to non-profits or NGOs which are registered under the Foreign Contribution (regulation) Act (FCRA) then they will not be taxed".

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