Raising an alert to the illegality of non-authorised agencies and people collecting funds for Kerala Flood Relief operations, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Navdeep Singh Suri warned Indian expats that their eagerness to help the flood victims in Kerala should not lead them to the wrong side of the law in the county.
“The feedback received from the UAE government suggested that some individuals and organisations are involved in fund raising. I have to draw the attention of fellow Indians to the local laws (on fund raising),” Navdeep Singh Suri stated.
He further added that only organisations that have special permission from the UAE’s Community Development authorities can collect money and remit it abroad. The UAE authorities, including the Central Bank, have given the clearance for sending money directly to the Kerala Chief Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF).
“We don’t want well-meaning efforts for the flood victims ending up in trouble. We are very mindful and respectful of local laws,” the Ambassador expressed.