Life Mission: Center launches probe; The Ministry of External Affairs sought an explanation

Life Mission on the government to investigate allegations about the rising. The state government of UAE and MOU to investigate allegations relating to the sign. The Union Ministry of External Affairs sought an explanation from the state government in this regard. In order for states to receive aid from a foreign country, the permission of the Center must be obtained. Such assistance may not be accepted without the permission of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs. The Center is investigating how the state government signed the agreement with the UAE following this provision. It is learned that those involved in the MoU will be questioned by the central agencies.

Swapna Suresh under police custody
Swapna Suresh under police custody

The Government of Kerala signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Red Crescent on July 11, 2019. The function was held at the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram in the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The agreement was signed on behalf of the Red Crescent by Mohammed Ateeq Al Falahi and Life Mission CEO UV Jose. The contract was signed for one crore UAE dirhams (approximately 20.37 crore rupees). Of this, 70 percent is earmarked for housing and 30 percent for hospital construction. Although the government is also a partner, there is no mention in the MoU regarding the duration of the project or auditing.

Swapna Suresh
Swapna Suresh

Central approval is required to receive foreign aid

The UAE had announced aid to Kerala in 2018 during the floods. But the Center was not allowed to accept this assistance. The central government has said it will not accept foreign aid for disaster relief operations. Without changing this condition center, the state government is investigating how it signed the agreement with the UAE.
Previous central governments have taken a similar stance on the issue of foreign aid.
The Red Crescent is one such organization. It is considered as a relief when it provides assistance to the houses being constructed under the Life Plan. If so, the National Disaster Relief Fund should also be notified when receiving money from abroad. In addition, any project implemented in a state that receives foreign aid is referred to in the Union Budget.

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