After Chief Minister M.K. Stalin proposed a resolution, in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, asking the Centre for permission to send food and other essential items to the people of Sri Lanka, a Rameswaram fishermen leader, Jesu Raja, said they would be happy to transport the commodities in their boats.
The State Government decided to send 40,000 tonnes of rice, medicines, 500 tonnes of milk powder for children, and other supplies. Stalin stated in the Assembly that the State Government could only send them through the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka.
Jesu Raja said if the Centre gives its nod for the proposal, the Chief Minister should make use of the mechanised boats in Rameswaram to ferry the goods to the island. “When people are suffering there, we will be ready to help them,” Jesu Raja said.