The Indian government has asked its missions abroad to decline offers of foreign aid for flood relief operations in Kerala. India, through e-mails, has instructed all its missions abroad to decline offers of aid from foreign governments for the state of Kerala. The External Affairs Ministry wrote to Indian missions, asking envoys to "express appreciation" for their offers, but convey that India will "rely solely on domestic efforts".
"If a foreign government makes an offer of help, you may kindly express your appreciation for the sincere sentiments and willingness to assist. The initiative shown by the people of Kerala, other states and from Indian citizens from almost all walks of life who have come together in the time of crisis to supplement the efforts of the government machinery maybe highlighted", the note says. India made the policy to not accept foreign aid during the 2004 tsunami.