Congress Urges Kerala Government To Drop Plans Of Seeking Aid From Abroad

Vastavam web: The Congress in Kerala came out Monday against the CPI-M led LDF government’s decision to mobilise resources to rebuild the flood-ravaged state, from non-resident Keralites, by deputing ministers to collect funds. Attacking the government over its decision, Congress leader K V Thomas said Monday, “the state government should not humiliate the people of Kerala by going abroad seeking aid with a begging bowl.” He also put forward suggestions for rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed in the floods.

KPCC President M M Hassan said with ministers and officials going on foreign tours, the rehabilitation in the flood-hit districts would be affected badly. “It is better for ministers to give up their tour plan,” he said. Congress leader and former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy also wanted the state government to put off the foreign tour plan and said instead the ministers should take charge of districts and coordinate the rehabilitation efforts. The state cabinet had last week decided to seek financial aid from abroad through non-resident Keralites and from major cities in the country. It also decided to depute a special team comprising a minister and officials to mobilise funds from abroad.