Sachin wrote:UlanBatori wrote:I still believe that India should have accepted the money with grace and put it into the kitty for reconstruction. No shame in that, IMO: when UAE gets hit India has and will continue to help.
There has been much more clarity on this non-issue. After the floods the UAE sheikh had shared his sympathies for the Keralite people, and also assured people of Kerala his support. To this "support" (which was not yet defined) the PM also gave a note of thanks to the Sheikh. The foreign ministry of UAE had shared a note about the funds being generated by the people at UAE (expatriates & Emiratis) in order to help Kerala. This fund was to be in the line of around 1 million AED. It was the media with vested interests who linked the "support" of UAE sheikh with the "1 million AED" being collected at UAE.
What happened next seems to be choreographed vilification campaign. A mysterious sum of Rs. 700 crores was brought up, and India's own interim relief fund of Rs. 600 crores was compared with it. The fact that Rs.600 crore was interim relief was also suppressed by the main stream media in Kerala. This vilification campaign went on; till it was abundantly clear that India is going to reject offers of money as a matter of principle and the Sheikh has an option of depositing Rs. 700 crores to the CM's relief fund. UAE then made a formal announcement that it had no plans to give any money. Kerala's politicians had high hopes on a Kerala based businessman, and did not make any official attempts to reach out to the UAE sheikh. This businessman at present does not have any clout with GoI either.
I have been scanning multiple Malayalam media outlets, but have not come across any concrete plans of rehabilitation coming from the Kerala government. Is the state planning to give the people in the relief camps some good "seed money" to help them restart their lives? Is the state coming up with any steps to make the rebuilding of homes etc an easier task? Are they planning to introduce some measures by which people could be trained to take up some jobs? (KL at present has severe shortage of electricians, plumbers etc. etc.). And the most important question - is the state planning to come up with a good report on what caused this tragedy? Was it nature's fury or where they faulty procedures also which triggered the calamity?
There is also complete silence from the state's finance minister who is supposed to be a skilled economist. What is the current financial position of KL? How much money does KL have to spare to help her citizens? If there is a short fall of funds, how is it going to be mitigated? What are the long term and short term plans to rejuvenate KL's economy? All I heard was about increasing liquor costs & introducing a new lottery . As per a news report; the unofficial amount of losses is now pegged at Rs. 35,000 crores. The state's financial position allows expenditure of Rs. 29150 crores. For many state projects centre provides the funds, which is estimated at around Rs. 8 crore. Both these funds added; would only be just allowing the state to cover up the losses. There would not be any thing left to restart the economy.
So the Rs. 700 crores aid from UAE was non-existent and even if it was provided it would be to the CM Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF). And compared to the estimated damage of Rs 35000 crores is a drop in the bucket.
This aid episode has revealed the venomous snakes crossbred with pythons to swallow the aid.
Sachin thanks for putting the things in perspective.
I heard that Kerala annual budget was 3x of the damage.
Is this true?