UAE denies announcing Rs 700 cr aid

Unmindful of political heat generated in India for the last few days on alleged Rs 700 aid offer from them, the UAE Ambassador has said that there has been no official announcement on the amount of financial aid from his government.

The Ambassador’s remark comes amid the Home Ministry statement that the governments will not take any financial assistance from foreign governments in sync with an existing policy.

 Ambassador Ahmed Albanna said“The assessment of relief needed for the flood and aftermath is ongoing. Announcing any specific amount as financial aid, I don’t think it is final since it is still ongoing.”

Earlier this week, Kerala Chief Minister  Pinarayi Vijayan had said that the government of the United Arab Emirates has pledged to provide a sum of 100 million US dollars (700 crore) to Kerala. Around three million Indians live and work in the UAE, out of which 80 per cent are from Kerala.

In response to his statement, the union Home Ministery referred to 14-years-old policy narrative given by the then prime minister Manmohan Singh during Tsunami in Tamil Nadu, that no external assistance to be taken during natural calamities. This police has been receiving mixed response from political circles.

VIjayan, who is keen in accepting external aid, said the state government would approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi to clear hurdles, if any, in receiving the aid offered to the state by the United Arab Emirates.

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