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economy | IST

India reluctant on UAE's aid for Kerala: 65 nations donated for 2001 Gujarat earthquake when Vajpayee was PM

The Modi government's decision to refuse UAE's Rs 700 crore for Kerala floods has sparked a debate across the country.
The reason behind the government refusing to accept the money is said to be the new policy set up in 2004 which disapproves of financial aids from other countries.
While Kerala chief minister said that the National Disaster Management policy 2016 provides provision to accept voluntary offers from foreign nations in the wake of disasters. However, the government has not given its green signals yet.
In a similar case in 2001, during the Gujarat earthquake which left more than 12,000 people dead and lakhs injured, late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayi had sought  for financial assistance from foreign countries to rebuild the state.
"The Union Government would be releasing funds from the existing schemes. However, given the magnitude of the calamity and the large number of people affected, the funds available are inadequate. You can help to meet the shortage by contributing money, no matter how small the amount, to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund," he had said.
Referring to the Super Cyclone in Odisha, he had said, "Last year it was your assistance that has enabled us to meet the challenge posed by the Super Cyclone that devastated Coastal Orissa. I am confident that this time too, you shall come forward to lend a helping hand."
Responding to the appeal, 65 nations came forward for help with funds and relief materials.
Here's what these top nations provided as assistance during the Gujarat earthquake:
US: $ 13,100,000
Between January 30 and February 4, seven US flights arrived in India with relief commodities. The relief commodities included equipment for water and sanitation, shelter materials, blankets and sleeping bags.
UK: $14,769,000
Along with the funds, a two-person disaster assessment and liaison team was operating out of Ahemadabad. Six aircraft had arrived from the UK carrying tents, blankets, plastic sheeting, roofing materials etc.
Canada: $ 5000.00
Canada's minister for international cooperation had announced that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) would provide funds to help victims of the earthquake in Gujarat.
China:  $6, 00, 000
The relief measures included 100 tons of materials such as 2,000 tents and 20,000 woollen blankets. A special plane carrying relief supplies had arrived in New Delhi on February 4, that year. Along with this, the Chinese Embassy had also donated Rs 2 lakhs.
Germany: $ 6,580,000
Out of the total contribution, a part was used for relief operations by NGOs and the remaining was used for rescue team operations and rehabilitation.
Spain: $4,106,000
The country supported the disaster-ridden  state by providing funds to the Indian Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders Spain, UNICEF-Spain, Caritas-Spain and Intermon Spanish assistance which involve four rescue teams and donations from autonomous communities, town and country and country councils.