New Delhi: Ruling out UAE's generous aid offer of Rs 700 crore for Kerala, the government is unlikely to accept any foreign financial assistance for flood relief operation, sources said.
Eventhough a final decision will be taken by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the government feels it has the wherewithal to deal with the calamity.
India has not accepted any aid from a country or a multinational organisation since 2007 and the policy is unlikely to change now, sources said.
Even during the floods in Uttarakhand and Kashmir, the Centre had declined foreign aid offers, they said.
Syed Akbaruddin, who was the spokesperson for ministry of external affairs, had said after the 2013 Uttarakhand floods that India had declined Russia’s offer of help as India has the adequate ability to deal with any emergencies.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) had on Tuesday offered USD 100 million (around Rs 700 crore) as financial assistance for flood relief operation in Kerala.
The floods in Kerala, worst in a century, have claimed lives of 231 people in the last 10 days besides rendering over 14 lakh people homeless.
The ministry of home affairs had on Monday declared the floods a "severe calamity" and clarified that there is no provision to declare any calamity as national calamity under the Disaster Management Act.