Rs 3B worth Indian aid arrives


The consignment of humanitarian supplies, such as 14,700 MT of rice, 250 MT of milk powder and 38 MT of medicines, worth Rs 3 billion, donated by the people of India, arrived on Friday (24).

The Indian High Commission said this underscores people-to-people bonds between India and Sri Lanka and also concerns of the people of India for the well-being of their brethren in Sri Lanka. These supplies will be distributed among beneficiaries by Government of Sri Lanka in the coming days.

This is the second consignment under a larger commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by the Tamil Nadu State Government.

“India’s unprecedented economic, financial and humanitarian assistance to the people of Sri Lanka stands at over USD 3.5 billion in 2022. In addition to the three credit lines, to the tune of more than USD 1.5 billion and forex support of around USD 2 billion, assistance from the Government and people of India has taken the form of supply of medicines to several health-related establishments in various parts of Sri Lanka, distribution of kerosene among the fishermen of Sri Lanka, handing over of dry rations to needy sections etc.,” the High Commission said in a statement.

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella, MPs M.A. Sumanthiran, V. Radhakrishnan, M. Udaya Kumar, Angajan Ramanthan, and several others welcomed the humanitarian assistance from India. (SRM)