The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha toured the Eastern Province over the last four days to review the ground situation in the area.
According to the Indian High Commission in Colombo, Kantha visited Trincomalee, Batticalao and Ampara.
During his visit the High Commissioner had talks with Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan. Eastern Province Governor Rear Admiral (Retd.) Mohan Wijewickrama and representatives of the SLFP, UNP, SLMC, ACMC, NC, Security Forces Commander (East) and Commander Eastern Naval Area.
The High Commissioner reviewed projects of Indian assistance currently being undertaken in the Province. He also held wide ranging discussions with various stakeholders to assess the impact of these projects on the ground and understand local priorities and requirements in order to further expand India’s development assistance.
The High Commissioner also discussed implementation of the Housing Project, which would involve construction of about 4,000 houses in the Eastern Province, with various stakeholders, including potential beneficiary communities.
During the visit, the High Commissioner also offered floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Batticaloa.
Apart from Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara, High Commissioner also visited Kalmunai, Kattankudy, Siharam, Onthachimadam, Valachennai and Akaraipattu where he interacted with local communities and representatives of local bodies.