Sep 15, 2018

Indian High Commissioner monitors projects in the East

Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over houses to the beneficiaries, built by India under the Indian Housing Project in Batticaloa at a special ceremony held on September 14.

The Indian Government has committed a total of 4000 houses in the Eastern Province. This is in addition to 42000 houses built under grants by the Government of India in the North and 14000 houses currently  under construction upcountry with Indian grants.

During his visit to Trincomalee, the High Commissioner met the Governor of the Eastern Province, addressed a gathering of Eastern Province officers and obtained blessings at the Thirukoneswaran Temple.

The Indian High Commissioner was the Chief Guest at the convocation ceremony of the Eastern University, Batticaloa and addressed the gathering. He paid respects to the Gandhi statue at Batticaloa. He met the representatives of the TNA in the Eastern Province and had a brief discussion with a delegation from various Mosque Federations.

The High Commissioner also visited the Trade Facilitation Centre by the first ever cooperative society of war affected women in the eastern province in Kallady. Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) an Indian community based organization, with  grant assistance of Rs. 197 million from the Government of India  executed the project. The objective is to empower war affected women by building their capacities in vocations, leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills by setting up a Trade Facilitation Centre and Community Learning Centre in Batticaoloa and Ampara, which helps them to provide skills and value chain support to provide livelihood opportunities.

Under the project, SEWA has trained 40 war affected/destitute women trainees from the Batticaloa District. These women were trained in various vocational subjects such as Textiles and Garments; Surface Ornamentation; Agro food processing; Computers; Enterprise Development; Solar lantern and Roof rain water harvesting.

Other projects undertaken by India in the social sector, include construction of a surgical unit at the teaching Hospital Batticaloa, Upgrading of Swami Vipulananda Aesthetic School in Batticaloa, construction of 3400 toilets in the Batticaloa District, and Model villages in all three districts.

India’s overall commitment of assistance to Sri Lanka for people-oriented development partnership projects stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 550 million is pure grant assistance.

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