The offer of assistance for Kerala Flood has been politely declined by India.
In response to queries regarding media reports on international assistance for flood relief measures, the Official Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said:
“The Government of India deeply appreciates offers from several countries, including from foreign governments, to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts after the tragic floods in Kerala.
In line with the existing policy, the Government is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through domestic efforts. Contributions to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund from NRIs, PIOs and international entities such as foundations would, however, be welcome.”
Many countries have come forward to offer relief aid for the devastating Kerala Flood that has made international headlines. The state government has shown an inclination towards accepting the aid, however, the Central government is following the established policy. During Tsunami in 2004, the Manmohan Singh government had also turned down foreign aid focusing on domestic efforts.
Meanwhile, Kerala Flood has again turned Kerala against Tamil Nadu with the state government stating that the sudden release of excess waters from Mullaperiyar dam by Tamil Nadu was one of the reasons why the floods happened.
Kerala told this in the Supreme Court on Thursday.