New Delhi: While rain-battered Kerala is hobbling back to normalcy, relief, in the form of financial aid has come from all parts of the world. However, many have also criticised the Centre over the quantum of financial aid offered to the state. The latest to join the critics’ bandwagon is former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy who has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while pointing out that instead of calling it a calamity of ‘severe nature’, the Centre should declare it a ‘national calamity’ to ensure better rehabilitation. (Also read: Demand For Handymen Shoots up)
While thanking PM Modi for visiting the state to access the situation, the Congress leader begins his two-page letter by saying, “The financial assistance announced by the Government of India is quite disappointing as far as the magnitude of the crisis is concerned.” He also mentions reports of the Centre rejecting the offer of Rs 700 crore financial aid by the UAE. In his letter, he says,”The decision is quite disappointing to the people of Kerala. “If there exist any obstacles against the acceptance of foreign financial aid, kindly look into the matter and bring suitable modifications.”
Chandy’s letter comes on a day that Thailand Ambassador has also tweeted how the Centre has refused to accept overseas donations. He tweeted, “Informally informed with regret that the Government of India is not accepting overseas donations for Kerala flood relief. Our hearts are with you, the people of Bharat.” The government of Maldives had also decided to donate USD 50,000 (Rs 35 lakh) for flood-affected people in Kerala. It is understood that the UN is also offering assistance for Kerala.
According to PTI, sources had said that the government was unlikely to accept any foreign financial assistance. They said that the Government had taken a considered decision to rely solely on domestic efforts to tide over the situation. Meanwhile, the Centre has released Rs 500 crore fund as announced by PM Modi and Rs 100 crore that Home Minister Rajnath Singh had announced earlier.