Humanitarian assistance worth over Rs 2 billion arrives from India

Humanitarian assistance worth over Rs 2 billion arrived in Sri Lanka from India, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

High Commissioner Gopal Baglay handed over the large consignment of humanitarian assistance to Foreign Minister Prof. G.L Peiris in Colombo on 22 May 2022.

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 Mrs. J. Krishnamurthy, among senior officials and others.

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 Government of Sri Lanka in the coming days.

More humanitarian consignments and other forms of assistance from India shall follow, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

The High Commission said that multi-pronged endeavour by both the Government and people of India underlines the importance attached to Sri Lanka and reflects their concerns 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 etc. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. The Sri Lankan political leaders have become professional beggars :—)))

    Singapore’s late Prime Minister LKY once said ‘Singapore should not create racial issues as Sri Lanka did’.

    Now Malaysian MP is using Sri Lanka as an example for what Malaysia should not do.

    Wait for a few moths, African countries will be using Sri Lanka as an example for food shortages.

    I have four siblings, three of them never earned a rupee in Sri Lanka. All of them get financial support from the West. Obviously, they are faithful to the west. Thirty years I have been encouraging my sister to find a job in Sri Lanka. But she adamantly refused to work. There are many people in Jaffna with the same mindset. Democracy will never help you to make the people become productive. Do you think that China can lend money to you if it has a democratic system?

    Glad to see you are paying for your stupidity. You won’t learn, because your Indian big brothers and their western masters rather blame China than blaming your stupidity. Only fools would say that China made Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan to go bankrupt. But wise people would question why those countries needed financial support from China in the first place? Because of India’s incompetent leadership. India had failed to understand the western power’s trick. The west deliberately introducing democracy in South Asia to undermine its huge human resources. Democracy will not work in South Asia. Because when you give freedom to the people who are not evolved, more chaos to the country. Impossible to manage the country.

    • Well, we tried to move away from the democratic system to an authoritarian regime by electing Gota.

      Regardless of the system of governance, it is impossible to overcome the ‘greed of man’. With ‘authoritarian’ governments there are no avenues to prevent blatant corruption.

      What system do you propose ?

      • Gotabhaya Rajapaksa does not think on his own. He is a puppet of Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa. Mahinda Rajapaksa will die in his 50 years of useless politics. He won’t allow anyone to think or act differently. South Asian countries have more people to destroy their counties and region than building it. I am well aware of South Asia’s fate. Indians are living a fantasy life as big brothers. How long Indians can help Sri Lanka and other South Asians countries to just eat and sleep in the name of democracy? The truth is Indians created disasters in South Asia by falling for the western powers’ tricks.

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