Rs 2B worth Indian aid arrives on Sunday

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A massive humanitarian grant assistance consignment worth over Rs 2 billion from Tamil Nadu, India is scheduled to reach Colombo on Sunday (22).

The Indian High Commission in Colombo said the consignment, which consists of 9,000 MT of rice, 50 MT of milk powder, and over 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies, will be handed over by High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to the senior leadership of the Sri Lankan Government.

This is the first consignment under a larger commitment worth Rs 5.5 billion consisting of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by the Tamil Nadu Government.

The consignment was flagged off from Chennai Port by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on 18 May 2022.

The incoming consignment shall be distributed among beneficiaries islandwide including Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces by the Government. These beneficiaries cover diverse sections of the society.

“The assistance from people of India complements multi-pronged efforts undertaken by Government of India by standing with their brethren in Sri Lanka. Several private and social organisations 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 Government of India which has been to the tune of around US$ 3.5 billion since January this year. In addition, medicines, dry rations etc have also been sent by Government of India on grant basis,” the Indian HC said.