Stop UK aid to India and help Britons suffering from flood

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    Stop UK aid to India and help Britons suffering from flood instead, says UK MP | The Indian Express



    One of Britain’s far right MPs today questioned the country’s aid programme to foreign nations like India, while Britons struggled with a worsening flood crisis. Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) was speaking on a visit to the flood-hit county of Somerset when he complained about millions being given to New Delhi. “What are we doing giving 300 million pounds a year to India who’ve got a space programme, aircraft carriers…So there’s a very strong argument that says: spend the money here,” he told Sky News.

    “It seems to me that the aid budget is about us giving charity overseas. When you’ve got an emergency in this country, it’s time to say that charity begins at home,” he added. He accused the Conservative-led government of a “lethargic and inadequate” response to the flood-hit regions and said it was “basic common sense” to suspend international aid while the country was dealing with the aftermath of recent extreme weather.

    He dismissed Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge of 100 million pounds extra spending as “far too little, far too late” and demanded efforts to tackle global poverty be halted. “Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that a government’s primary duty is to the well-being of its own citizens,” he said. Farage’s anti-EU, anti-immigration UKIP poses a growing threat to the Tories ahead of European parliament elections in May and Britain’s general election next year.

    Coastal parts of Britain have been reeling under floods and there are now eight severe flood warnings – meaning “danger to life” – in place, two in the Somerset Levels and six for the Thames in Berkshire, at Old Windsor, Wrasybury and Datchet. Further rain is forecast across the UK in the coming week and the Environment Agency also has more than 80 lesser flood warnings in place across the south east of England.
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    A sensible PM should refuse any foreign aid from anywhere in the world. India should open up the domestic market to foreign manufacturing units and export the end product.
     
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    This aid is given so that countries should claim for colonial damages.
     
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    Tell Vodafone to pay full tax amount of 20000 crore Rs or ask them to quit India.
     
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    feathers Tihar Jail Banned

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    If the tax is 20000Cr just imagine how much was the overall profit .
     
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    those british are blood suckers.
     
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    Vodafone should settle this matter and pay the taxes which is out of the profit.
     
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    Sikhs help in relief efforts in UK flood disaster

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    A group of Sikhs from Berkshire and the West Midlands have won hearts by volunteering to deliver essential supplies and help relief efforts in Somerset and south-west England, which have been hit by floods described as 'biblical' by Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Britain has been grappling with severe weather conditions since early January, ripping rail and road communication as well as cutting power to thousands of homes. Many people have been moved out of their homes to safer places.

    Moved by scenes of devastation and vast fields turning into lakes, and trains stopping amid a sea of water, Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid, based in Slough (Berkshire), and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sahib in Walsall (West Midlands) have joined the multi-agency relief efforts in south-west England.Khalsa Aid, which was launched in 1999 by volunteers and extends aid from funds collected largely from Britain's Sikh community, has joined relief efforts in disasters and emergencies in various parts of the world, including Gujarat, Odisha and Punjab.

    Ravinder Singh Sidhu, director of Khalsa Aid, who is part of the volunteering team in Burrowbridge, Somerset, said: "As British Sikhs, we are not slow in responding with financial and other aid. We want to help reach out and offer much practical assistance to the victims. We will deliver bottled water, food, warm clothing - whatever is required to help and support the services and residents."

    He added: "Most of us have no concept of what it is like to have homes or businesses flooded out; everything covered in mud, or worse, and losing prized possessions and then have to clean up the mess and re-furnish".

    One of the most graphic images of the flood damage is the dangling railway track in Dawlish, on the picturesque link between Devon and Cornwall along the coast. It was built in the mid-19th century by the iconic engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was also a consultant to the Eastern Bengal Railway Company.

    Meanwhile, MPs across party lines have called for Britain's overseas aid to India and other countries to be reduced and diverted for the flood affected people in south-west England. India's growing economic prosperity and its ability to have a Mars mission has been particularly mentioned in this regard. As Cameron described the scene during a visit to Somerset as 'biblical', his party MP, Ian Lidell-Grainger, said: "We send money all over the world. Now, we need to give people down here the hope that they will get what they need."

    Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said: "Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that a government's primary duty is to the well-being of its own citizens. Charity begins at home; it is not mean-spirited to say that, it is just basic common sense." International Development secretary Justine Greening announced in 2012 that all British aid to india will end in 2015. Britain is committed to spend 0.7 per cent of its national income on overseas aid.
     
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    UK SIKH CHARITY PROVIDES ASSISTANCE TO SOUTH WEST FLOOD VICTIMS

    SOMERSET, UK (KP) – Residents of Somerset and Burrowbridge expressed their gratitude to Sikh volunteers from humanitarian organization Khalsa Aid after they delivered sand bags and emergency supplies to the flood victims of these south western resort towns.

    Khalsa Aid was one of the first NGOs to have provided relief and hands on assistance for these flood ravaged communities which have been devastated by the recent floods.

    The charity helped distribute sand bags, bottled water, food, warm clothing, antiseptic fluid and other essentials to those in dire need.Khalsa Aid, director, Ravi Singh, in an interview to Sky News, stated that "this is our community; these are our countrymen who are in dire need."“I think people are a bit amazed to see us with turbans and flowing beards, but at the end of the day what they see is a human being, and we see our fellow countrymen suffering.” - Ravi Singh

    "I never knew the amount of devastation until we drove around to get to this place, we had to go several different routes and it’s amazing. The floods … the fields are like lakes. It’s unbelievable, how they will recover from this disaster?” stated Ravi Singh.
    In a seperate interview with BBC Radio, Ravinder Singh stated "We are basically here to show support four our countrymen because we work at international level normally. The main message is we all need to do something. This is a huge disaster and we ned to get involved and help to get people back on their feet."

    “When you turn up on the door of someone who is going through a hard time one thing you can offer is hope, you are not alone.”

    “I think people are a bit amazed to see us with turbans and flowing beards, but at the end of the day what they see is a human being, and we see our fellow countrymen suffering.”

    Commenting on whether the UK Government should redirect overseas assistance funds to these local national disasters, Ravinder Singh commented: “If they are giving money to the Indian regime with a nuclear weapons programmed and they are giving foreign aid it makes you wonder on moral grounds why don’t they give half of that £250 million to these people who need it. The people in the country who make that foreign aid possible are suffering.”

    Khalsa Aid, which was launched in 1999 by volunteers and extends humanitarian aid, has coordinated relief efforts in disasters and emergencies in various parts of the world, including the Philippines, Haiti, Gujarat, Orissa, Punjab, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Syria.
     
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    The MP should think about why the Brits started to give "aid" in the first place or may be he thinks that UK gives out aid out of sheer goodwill to mankind.
     
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    who gives a flying f.ck ?
     
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    Sardars rescuing British people from floods



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    interestingly no news of hindu or muslim AID or charity in british flood
     
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    looted money is still there, no need for aid.
     

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