India firmly committed to the development of the East in Sri Lanka

India says it is firmly committed to the development of the Eastern Province in Sri Lanka.

Acting High Commissioner of India, Vinod K Jacob had a productive meeting with S. Viyalanderan, State Minister of Backward Rural Areas Development and Promotion of Domestic Animal Husbandry and Minor Economic Crop Cultivation and Batticaloa District MP in Colombo today.

Others present during the hour-long meeting were Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva, State Secretary, Senthil Thondaman, Coordinating Secretary to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Eldos Mathew Punnoose, Head of Development Cooperation Wing, High Commission of India.

The two sides discussed the opportunities for investments from India in the Eastern Province as well as joint efforts that could be undertaken for economic development of the region.

The two sides also exchanged views about the development cooperation partnership between India and Sri Lanka, especially in the Eastern Province.

“It may be recalled that during the visit of External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S Jaishankar to Colombo in January 2021, he had a useful meeting with State Minister S Viyalanderan,” the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

The High Commission noted that phase two of the Indian Housing Project, which was completed in 2016 and comprised 45,000 houses in total, included a substantial number in the Eastern Province.

The Emergency Ambulance Project established as a grant assistance beginning in Western and Southern Provinces was expanded to all other Provinces including the Eastern Province after 2018.

Fishing equipment like lagoon Oru, sea-going Oru, cool rooms and freezer trucks costing a total of USD 1 million was also distributed among the Internally Displaced fishermen in the Eastern Province.

In addition, India has already undertaken a fully grant funded project supplying five rail bus units to run between Batticaloa and Trincomalee-all of which are operational at present. Further, a total of 85 buses were provided to the Eastern Provincial Council amongst others at a total cost of SLR 150 million to connect remote hilly and outlying areas of the Central, Northern and Eastern Provinces with the arterial highways. (Colombo Gazette)

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  1. South Asia lost its potential when it insulted Gandhi and followed the West. Impossible to reverse it, because of the politicians’ inability think and their corrupt mindset. Therefore, India should give up on its regional leadership desire, but focus on its internal affairs. India should try to save itself instead of giving fake hope to subcontinent countries about its leadership.

    Think about your brain capacity. You kicked out the West, because it ripped off your country. However, since you kicked out the West you are following the West and ticking the boxes according to the West’s ideas. Your ideology will not change, so does your thinking and actions. Stop daydreaming to become regional or world superpower but do everything to save yourselves.

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