Will talk to PM to clear obstacles in accepting UAE aid: Vijayan
August 22, 2018  22:21
The Kerala government would approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear hurdles, if any, in receiving the $100 million (Rs.700 crores) flood relief aid offered to the state by the United Arab Emirates, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today said.

Referring to reports that Centre was unlikely to accept foreign funds for the flood relief works, he said there were no obstacles for accepting such assistance.

"Donations from other countries are acceptable. Will approach the Prime Minister if required," he told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram tonight.

It was natural that two countries help each other. The Disaster Management policy announced in 2016 makes it clear that if any national government of another country voluntarily offers assistance as a good will gesture in solidarity with the disaster victims, the Central government may accept the offer, Vijayan said.

The state government wanted to sort out the issue by holding discussions at the official level, but if necessary would seek the prime minister's intervention.

The Congress earlier in the day termed as disappointing reports that the Centre was unlikely to accept any foreign financial aid for flood relief work and requested the prime minister to take steps to amend the rules.

The government of UAE, which hosts a large number of expatriates from Kerala, has yesterday promised an assistance of $100 million for the reconstruction of the state, which has been devastated by the unprecedented deluge that left 231 people dead and displaced over 14.50 lakh.  -- PTI
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