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Donate Rs 26 bn to Kerala if you want to reject UAE's offer: CPI to Centre

India had helped Nepal and Bangladesh in such situations in the past

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Kerala Rains  |  Narendra Modi  |  Kerala Government

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Kerala floods
Rescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala | Photo: Reuters

If the Centre wants to reject the Rs 7-billion offer of the UAE to Kerala for flood relief operations, it should give a Rs 26 billion interim assistance as sought by the southern state, the Communist Party of India (CPI) said on Thursday.

Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy, the general secretary of the CPI -- the second biggest constituent in the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala -- also accused the Centre of "standing on false prestige" on the issue of foreign aid at times of natural disasters.

He said when a country faced a natural calamity, it was normal for other nations to offer aid, and recalled that India had helped Nepal and Bangladesh in such situations in the past and even made an offer to Pakistan when there was an earthquake in the neighbouring country.

"In such circumstances, we can accept from the UNO and the UAE...whoever supports unconditionally without strings...we should accept it," Reddy told PTI.

The BJP-led NDA government at the Centre was "unofficially" saying that it was following the policy of the previous UPA government of not taking foreign assistance in case of natural disasters, he said.

"The UPA government had taken many good decisions also, including giving special category status to Andhra Pradesh. Why are they (Centre) not giving (that)?," Reddy asked.

He described the decision of not accepting foreign aid for the Kerala flood relief operations as only a "pretext" and said the Centre was "standing on false prestige".

"Neither is the Government of India ready to give what the is asking for. It did not ask for all the Rs 200 billion (estimated loss due to the rains). It is asking for Rs 26 billion. The Centre, if it wants to reject the offer of the UAE, should give Rs 26 billion (to Kerala) and then can say that India itself is ready to solve its problems," the Left leader said.

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First Published: Thu, August 23 2018. 17:39 IST
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