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Hey guys, Electron is back with another new article ,but this time it’s a serioussssss one. Really serious. If you already have predicted what’s going to follow after this from the title then pleaseeeee, please hold your patience for a while and continue to read.
Now if you are thinking, “কেরালায় flood কবে এলো❓❓”then here’s a little piece of information for you (those who know about it please skip this part).
In late July 2018, severe flooding affected Kerala state in India due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. These are Kerala’s worst floods in nearly a century, in which over 373 people died within a fortnight, while at least 280,679 people were evacuated, mainly from Chengannur, Pandanad, Aranmula, Aluva, Chalakudy, Kuttanad, Pandalam and with all 14 districts of the state placed on high alert. As per the Kerala government sources, one-sixth of the total population of Kerala had been directly affected by the floods and related incidents.
For this national disaster, the Centre had announced an immediate release of Rs500 crores after which the amount went up to Rs 600 crores.
More importantly, several foreign governments have pledged support. This includes aid promised by the Gulf countries where more than 2.4 million native Keralites work.
Country Amount (Rs cr)
However, India is reportedly sticking to its policy of not accepting disaster aid from foreign countries, instead depending solely on domestic resources.
Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac even pointed to GOI adding insult to injury when, on Wednesday, he said, “We asked for Rs 2,000 crore, they could give us only Rs 600 crore. So, given that, I don’t know why they should deny some government or individual,” also pointing to the “long relationship” between the UAE and Kerala.
But there is more to it than the optics. Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh politely but firmly told all potential donors that India would dial them if it needed financial aid, India has done its own rebuilding and rehabilitation work after successive disasters — the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, and the 2014 Kashmir floods immediately spring to mind. That is a big reason, especially as India’s economy grows at a healthy clip and it can afford to reset its own house in order after natural disasters.
But Electron thinks that even if India is building it’s own resources why should we deny help?? Kerala is an educated state and “God’s own country”. It’s famous for its beauty and tourism. So, it’s isn’t a surprise that the world’s reaching out to it in this hour of emergency.
Electron will give you two reasons why the Government denied foreign help. So let’s reveal……
Lights, Camera, Electron answers….
1.নিলে ফেরত দিতে হবে…
Don’t exactly go by what the heading says. The countries who lent out a hand to help won’t ask back for the money. It’s obvious. Let’s explain taking UAE as the example.
UAE, though not officially, but made an offer of 700 crores to flood stricken Kerala. This a hugeeeee amount. Now the point is that when UAE will be in need of help then India might have to return the help by donating twice the money given by UAE. UAE is quiet frequently in war the most recent being the Sinai Insurgency which began in 2018 and is still ongoing.
If you want to know how frequently UAE has been in war then click below,
Suppose a friend of you helps you in an hour of need. So it becomes your duty to return his help even if you have to do something much more then he did. Now, what will happen if you don’t help him and ignore?? The trust and friendship will be broken. Your reputation may go down and to the most there might be a little হাতাহাতি.
But what about an entire nation??
If we refuse to help UAE when they will be war stricken, then might have to face International pressure, Criticism, Media pressure and what not. And it’s impossible for a reputed nation of 132 crore people who flew from these. So…..now you know what I mean….
2. Criticism is Constant
I have already mentioned that the Indian Government gave only 600 crores as against the State Government’s demand of 2000 crores. So if it accepts foreign help, then Indian media will lose no time to criticise the Government’s “mere” 600 crores without considering the fact that nowhere did the Centre assert that the amount of ₹600 crore already released towards flood relief would be the final amount of disbursal. In response to Kerala’s demands of a ₹2600 crore “special package” for rebuilding the state, the Centre has clarified that its disbursal of ₹600 crore was only “an advance”.
The sum of ₹600 crore, as the Centre has clarified in a notification, was disbursed as an “advance assistance” to help the state in meeting relief and rescue expenditure. It was in addition to Rs 562.45 crore already allocated to Kerala’s State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), in which the Centre contributes 75 percent for general category states. A PIB release added that additional funds would be released from the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) on assessment of the damages by IMCT and decision of the high-level committee.
But already, even on denying the foreign aid, criticism has started pouring from all ends. And this “natural disaster” has turned into a “political disaster” because it’s India.
In an interview to The News Minute, Kerala finance minister Thomas Isaac said: “If the Centre views accepting foreign aid as an issue of dignity, let the Union government give us ₹700 crore. The Centre is neither giving us money, nor allowing anyone else to do it. What kind of attitude is this?”
In an article for The Print, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor wrote, “Given the scale of devastation in Kerala and the lean relief package announced by the Centre (which, currently at Rs 600 crore, is a fraction of what the state government had requested), it seems imperative that the Centre must be open to the idea of accepting foreign aid.”
So even on not accepting the help, the GOI had to face criticism and thus its imperative for the media to criticise the GOI if it has accepted the offer.
So, it’s all for today. It’s , no doubt, my longest article. If you have been bored by it, then am sorry. Actually, I thought to be a little different this time by shifting my emphasis to a national issue. Please comment your opinion on it. And Electron has crossed 550 views on my blog.
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