Following a lot of praise - for saving hundreds of lives who were stranded in the Kerala floods - a leader of the fishermen community on Monday refused to take Rs 3000 by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, which was offered to every member of the community.
As the Kerala flood toll nears 400, the natural calamity's effects have started receding and water level lowering in many parts of the state. Paragraph 9.2 of the National Disaster Management Plan, 2016 clearly states, "As a matter of policy, the Government of India does not issue any appeal for foreign assistance in the wake of a disaster".
According to government sources quoted by The Indian Express, said that the tsunami was a "watershed moment" of India's foreign aid policy and since then, the subsequent governments have been systematically declining foreign financial assistance.
Qatar has offered India $5 million aid, and Indian media reports say the Maldives and Thailand have also said they could provide financial support.
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The main opposition Congress party accused Modi of exacerbating the crisis by failing to come through with more aid and creating obstacles to foreign help.
Kerala is seeking the federal government's permission to raise its ability to borrow from the capital markets to finance the rebuilding of the state.
Isaac said the state government had made no requests for foreign assistance, but the UAE offered 7 billion rupees, about $100 million. The idea that India had become a large economy, and that accepting small aid moneys from countries was not in keeping with the times, had taken root during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's first full term in office as Prime Minister.
"There is a lot of capacity in this state but what it lacks is the contextual experience because it has never dealt with a disaster of this magnitude before".
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"And for a variety of reasons we have not also in the past too, unless there are specific circumstances, been able to accept offers of assistance for rescue and relief", he said on July 3, 2013, politely rejecting the Russian offer of assistance.
The decision to refuse financial aid from outside evolved at a time when India was offering itself as an attractive market and investment destination to foreign investors. "If there is a change required, the authorities will make them", he said.
That image and perception about India both within the country and to the outside world has undergone a significant change over the past decade or so.
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