In view of Sri Lanka’s ongoing struggles due to shortages of essentials such as power, fuel, medicine and food, the people of India have decided to grant a large consignment of humanitarian assistance worth more than Rs. 2 billion to its crisis-burdened neighbour.
The consignment, scheduled to reach Colombo on Sunday (22), consists of 9,000 MT of rice, 50 MT of milk powder and more than 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies.
It will be handed over by High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to the senior leadership of Sri Lanka.
The consignment was flagged off from Chennai port by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. K Stalin on 18 May. This is the first incoming consignment under a larger commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by the Government of Tamil Nadu. This commitment translates to more than Rs. 5.5 billion.
The incoming consignment shall be distributed among beneficiaries across the country including Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces, covering diverse sections of society.
The assistance from the people of India complements multi-pronged efforts undertaken by the Indian Government by standing with their brethren in Sri Lanka.
Several private and social organizations from India have sent assistance to Sri Lanka to meet various urgent requirements. This outpouring of support for Sri Lanka among common Indians is apart from the economic assistance by the Indian Government which has been to the tune of approximately USD 3.5 billion since January this year.
In addition, India has also sent medicines and dry rations on grant basis.