Accept Rs. 700 cr. UAE offer or compensate us, says Kerala

The Kerala government has asked the Centre to go by the 2016 National Disaster Management Plan (NDMP) while taking a call on the UAE government’s offer of Rs. 700 crore in assistance or compensate the State for the loss of such a hefty sum. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi had welcomed the UAE government making the Rs. 700 crore offer. It is only natural for nations to help each other. Moreover, the National Disaster Management Plan, brought out by the Central government in May 2016, does state clearly that any voluntary offer of assistance from other countries can be accepted,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan told a news conference here on Wednesday. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, is required to coordinate with the Ministry of External Affairs, which is primarily responsible for reviewing foreign offers of assistance and channelising the same. In consultation with the State Government concerned, the MHA will assess the response requirements that the foreign teams can provide.”

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/accept-rs-700-cr-uae-offer-or-compensate-us-says-kerala/article24756101.ece

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