COLOMBO: India once again came to the rescue of crisis-hit Sri Lanka as it handed over aid worth 2 billion in Sri Lankan rupees.
Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay handed over a large consignment of humanitarian assistance which included 9,000 metric tonnes (MT) of rice, 50 MT of milk powder and more than 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies to the Lankan foreign minister Prof GL Peiris in Colombo on Sunday.
This is the very first trance under the USD 16 million commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by the Government of Tamil Nadu. MK Stalin, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, had flagged off the aid from Chennai port on Thursday.
The aid will be distributed among the vulnerable and needy sections in the Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces of the Island nation by the Lankan government.
India this year extended support worth USD 3.5 billion in various forms to its southern neighbour as the country faces the worst economic crisis since her independence.
“A message of care!!! From the people of India to the people of Sri Lanka… High Commissioner handed over rice, milk powder & medicines worth more than SLR 2 billion to Hon’ble FM Prof GL Peiris in #Colombo today,” Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted.