India politely turns down international financial assistance for flood-hit Kerala

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In view of the whole world coming together and offering financial aid for the Kerala flood victims, the Indian Government directed all its respective envoys to all Indian missions abroad to politely turn down the financial assistance from the foreign countries saying that the government has decided to “rely solely on domestic efforts” to combat the challenges.

“Early indications point towards requirements that are within the capacity of the people and Government of India to meet,” the envoys have been asked to convey.

The government has decided to stick to its long standing policy of not accepting monetary help from foreign countries.

The UAE and Maldives government have offered financial assistance to India.

“As you know, as a general policy in case of rescue and relief operations we have followed the practice that we have adequate ability to respond to emergency requirements. And, for a variety of reasons we have not in the past too, unless there are specific circumstances, been able to accept offers of assistance for rescue and relief,” Syed Akbaruddin, the then Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson clarified.