Rs 2B Indian aid arrives

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High Commissioner Gopal Baglay handed over a large consignment of humanitarian assistance worth more than Rs 2 billion to Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris in Colombo yesterday(22).

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 Government of Tamil Nadu.

Handed over materials shall be distributed among vulnerable and needy sections in various parts of Sri Lanka including Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces by the Government in the coming days.

More humanitarian consignments and other forms of assistance from India are expected to follow. Multi-pronged endeavours by both the Government and the people of India underlines the importance attached to Sri Lanka and reflects their concern 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.

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