New Delhi: The government has made it clear that as per the "existing policy", it is committed to meeting the requirements for relief and rehabilitation through "domestic efforts".
"Contributions to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund and the Chief Minister's Relief Fund from NRIs, PIOs and international entities such as foundations would, however, be welcome," an official spokesperson said here in response to queries regarding media reports on international assistance for flood relief measures in Kerala.
"The Government of India deeply appreciates offers from several countries, including from foreign governments, to assist in relief and rehabilitation efforts after the tragic floods in Kerala," the spokesman said.
Sources point out that in the last decade or so, India has politely refused aid from the likes of the US, Russia and Japan during earthquake in Kashmir in 2005 and floods in 2013 and 2014.
With regard the offer of assistance from UAE lately, Prime Minister Narendra Mod has tweeted to thank them and had said that the "gracious offer to support people of Kerala during this difficult time" reflected the special ties between governments and people of India and UAE.
The Central government has promised an immediate release of Rs 600 crore including Rs 500 crore announced by Prime Minister during his visit to the flood-hit state in response to the state government's demand for a Rs 2,600 crore special package.