Policy for acceptance of External Assistance

The present policy of not issuing a formal appeal on behalf of the Government, either directly or through any other agency, to attract relief will continue. However, relief donated on a voluntary basis will be accepted and acknowledged as a sign of international solidarity.

There is no objection to NGO's issuing appeals for donations provided it is clear that the appeals are not at the instance of the Government of India. In the case of UN organisations and agencies (like OCHA) such appeals would imply endorsement by member countries and they are advised against appeals for international assistance.