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There are many charities and organisations collecting funds for #KeralaFloodRelief - thanks to everybody who organised / donated, you're all awesome!

I personally donated to @CMOKerala 's Disaster Relief Fund (CMDRF).

Why did I choose CMDRF?
Kerala CMDRF is operated by the Finance Secretary GoK, through the CMDRF bank account in SBI Trivandrum.

Does this mean that this IAS officer can operate this on his whims?


This financial authority is delegated to officers in each tier of CMDRF.

Does this mean beneficiaries have to go and meet these officers and/or local politicians to get CMDRF funds?


CMDRF is completely direct to the beneficiary; and beneficiaries are paid out via direct bank transfer.

What about transparency?

Will I know how these funds are being used? You bet!

Accountability for CMDRF ultimately lies with CM/cabinet and is fully covered under RTI Act.

Forget misuse, even an incorrect category usage will be exposed and questioned in Assembly / media. +
For me, this reassurance is important and I trust the systems and processes this Kerala govt has put in place for the transparent raising and disbursement of CMDRF.

If you think so as well, please donate generously to #KeralaFloodRelief :
+ “When the Kerala Chief Minister extends his hand..”
@dhanushgopinath makes the same point eloquently here in his beautiful blogpost. Please read!…

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Sep 14, 2018
More specifically, it was the handiwork of Malayala Manorama to bring down chief minister K Karunakaran of INC, as part of the factional fight within INC.
For months Malayalam print media, taking the lead from Manorama, splashed made up bullshit on their front pages - about the ISRO guys’ “espionage activities” and their liaisons with sexy foreign agents. Their lives were trashed just to settle an intra-party factional feud.
The top buzzword in Kerala media in 1994, when this hitjob happened?


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This cute little set of cartoons by @pencilashan perfectly captures the sense of togetherness that is binding Kerala - and honours all the good people from everywhere who are helping us overcome this crisis and #RebuildKerala ❤️
+ “Our own Navy!”

Really, Kerala is indebted to our fishermen; heroes who literally came out of the sea like the mythical Poseidon’s soldiers and saved the day ❤️
+ “As always, Indian army to the rescue!” ❤️

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Aug 20, 2018
I’m a debt-averse person in general. The kind who uses a credit card like a debit card; who tries not to take on mortgages or in the worst case close them as fast as possible.
But there is one debt that I will continue to carry forever, no matter how much ever I pay it back.
That is the debt of gratitude to this beautiful, tiny, wet, green strip of land called Kerala.
I am what I am because of the goodness that this land and it’s people; and its libraries, schools, colleges and newspapers have infused in me.
Unfortunately, today all this lies in tatters. We all have stood together during the greatest crisis in Kerala’s history and have almost pulled off the first stage - saving lives. This wouldn’t have been possible without the heroic acts of many Indians - thank you all ❤️
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Aug 20, 2018
Went the rounds today with our ward councillor to distribute food kits to flood affected families (those who’ve returned home bec the water has receded), in a mostly working class neighbourhood. After handing out the kits in a few homes we came to a middle class+ looking house+
+and the volunteers were a little hesitant thinking “this house kinda looks rich, will they be offended if we offer a food kit?”. So we checked with the ward councillor who said yes they’re affected as well, they need to be given a package like everyone else.
+ Still hesitant, we knocked the door and the family was basically almost in tears when they thanked everyone for the package. Apparently, their home was under 8ft water and everything was trashed - furniture, utensils, documents, cash, home appliances, two wheeler..
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Aug 19, 2018
Short thread on the logistics involved in #KeralaFloodRecue and how it is all being put together:
Resources involved as of 18th Aug:
- 22 helicopters
- 83 Indian Navy boats
- 57 NDRF boats
- 5 BSF teams
- 35 Indian Coast Guard teams
- 25 Indian Army Engineering teams
- 58 Kerala Fire Force boats
- 3200 Kerala Fire Force staff
- 40000 Kerala Police
- 600 fishing boats
+ ☝️These resources are managed according to a district-wise plan, each district in-charge being the district collector (DC), who prioritises and deploys resources in that district.

To smoothen out administrative matters, a cabinet minister each is assigned to each district.
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February 2017, Gujarat:
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