A consignment of rice, milk powder and medicine worth over LKR 2 billion is due to arrive in Colombo on Sunday as part of India’s humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka. Rice, powdered milk, medicines and other medical supplies make up the shipment. MP Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, flagged the cargo from Chennai on Wednesday. The Chief Minister’s Office tweeted: “Honourable Chief Minister @mkstalin has reported 9,000 metric tons of rice, 200 metric tons of alcohol powder and 24 metric tons of essential pharmaceuticals in a cargo ship bound for Sri Lanka to support the people of Sri Lanka.” The Indian High Commission also tweeted: “People of #India, alongside our brothers in #SriLanka. Rice, powdered milk and medicines worth over SLR 2 billion are expected to arrive in #Colombo on Sunday. The shipment was reported from #Chennai by CM of Tamil Nadu @mkstalin on Wednesday.
Moreover, India has pledged to provide more than $3 billion to the indebted island country in the form of loans, credit swaps and also lines of credit since the beginning of the year. India has also expressed its willingness to work with the new Sri Lankan government. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of people, leading to massive protests over the handling of the situation by the government.
India is becoming a stronger and more mutually beneficial partner for Sri Lanka. Besides aid during the pandemic and the fertilizer chaos, in which India provided nano-fertilizers to save Sri Lankan farmers, New Delhi has now pledged almost $3 billion to cash-strapped Colombo. , through currency swaps, lines of credit for essential goods and repayment of loans since January 2022 to help Sri Lanka in the midst of one of the worst economic crises in history.
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- On Sunday, an Indian shipment of rice, milk powder and medical supplies will arrive in Sri Lanka.
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