By Shamindra Ferdinando
CWC General Secretary and Minister for Water Supply and Estate Infrastructure Development Jeevan Thondaman said yesterday (23) that India intends to consult with legislators representing the hill country regarding India’s provision of Rs 3 billion to Sri Lanka exclusively for the Tamil community of Indian origin. A new member of parliamentary politics said they would submit their proposals through the High Commission in Delhi.
Minister Thondaman said this in response to this the island The question is how he intends to proceed with the grant announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in talks with the Sri Lankan delegation led by President Wickremesinghe. Minister Thondaman, who was in the Wickramasinghe delegation, said the Indian grant would primarily be used for the upliftment of the education and health sectors.
CWC contested on SLPP ticket in last general election.
The Indian High Commission in Colombo quoted Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra as telling the media in New Delhi that India will immediately implement a development package focused on the Tamil community of Indian origin after the Hyderabad House talks.
Kwatra said: “As you all know, this year marks 200 years since the arrival of the Tamil community of Indian origin in Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister has announced that the Government of India will implement a development to commemorate this important moment in history.”
Minister Thondaman said that their focus will be on the education sector. He said the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, energy, economic development and the development of the Tamil community of Indian origin were included in the Delhi discussions. “I highlighted that providing infrastructure alone cannot empower the hill country, but imparting quality education will bring sustainable transformation.”
Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Mano Ganesan issued a statement appreciating the grant announced by Prime Minister Modi.