By Eunice Ruth 

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar has assured that India will, as soon as possible, advise the Sri Lankan Government to fully implement the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Leader of Up-Country People’s Front and SJB MP Dr. V. Radhakrishnan said. 

He said that they met the Indian Minister on Monday (28) and discussed the current situation in the country, including the issues faced by the upcountry people. Upcountry people are facing many issues due to the minimum daily wage that they receive and they are not given any increment although it was promised several times. He further said that they have even informed about the existing situation where people were forced to stand in queues for everything in the country.  

Further Dr. Jaishankar said India would help Sri Lanka in all possible ways by granting several requests. “He also advised us to submit all our educational, health, and other requests separately to him in writing,” Dr. Radhakrishnan said. “Apart from the helping hand which India is currently giving Sri Lanka, we will implement projects to help the upcountry people,” Dr. Jaishankar said.     

Meanwhile, the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) delegation had a progressive discussion with the Indian External Affairs Minister, said Leader of TPA, Mano Ganesan.  

A document on the Indian origin Tamil community, compiled by TPA, was explained to the Minister and Indian support sought on their aspirations of being recognised as citizens of Sri Lanka.  

Further, during the discussion, the Indian Government’s gestures of providing food and medicine during this festive season were appreciated by the TPA.