May 22, 2022

Humanitarian assistance from India arrives (Pics) 

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka - Gopal Baglay handed over a large consignment of humanitarian assistance worth more than LKR 2 billion from the people of India to Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris in Colombo today (22).

The handing over function was attended by Minister for Ports and Shipping - Nimal Siripala de Silva, former Minister Vajira Abeywardena, Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister - Mr. Sagala Ratnayaka, Ceylon Workers Congress leader - Mr. Senthil Thondaman, Food Commissioner - Mrs. J. Krishnamurthy, among senior officials and others.

The consignment consists of 9,000 MT of rice, 50 MT of milk powder and more than 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies. 

The consignment was flagged off from Chennai port by Thiru M.K Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 18 May 2022. This is also the first consignment under a larger USD 16 million commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The consignment shall be distributed among vulnerable and needy sections in various parts of Sri Lanka including Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces by the Sri Lankan government in the coming days. 

A media release by the Indian High Commission further said : "More humanitarian consignments and other forms of assistance from India shall follow. Multi-pronged endeavour by both the Government and people of India underlines the importance attached to Sri Lanka and reflects their concerns for the well-being of its people. Support extended to Sri Lanka ranges from economic assistance worth around USD 3.5 billion, supply of vaccines, testing kits, close to 1000 MT of liquid oxygen to combat COVID-19, immediate response by Indian Navy and Coast Guard to mitigate marine disasters etc."

Meanwhile, Prime minister - Ranil Wickremesinghe has thanked India and the TamilNadu Chief minister for the humanitarian assistance.

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