“We did not ask the United Arab Emirates to give us money; they offered Rs 7 billion voluntarily. Now, the Union government says it is below our dignity to accept foreign aid,” said Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac in a tweet, adding the NDMP allows for international aid in case of severe calamity.
He added the Kerala Chief Minister’s Relief Fund has so far received Rs 2.1 billion and pledges to the tune of Rs 1.6 billion.
The CM said rescue operation in the state had ended, and the state government would felicitate those who had helped with it on August 26.
At present, there are 3,314 relief camps in the state, housing 1.2 million people. “We are trying to prevent water-borne diseases. The government is trying to create packages to help those who have suffered losses,” he added.