India has undertaken more than 70 people-oriented development projects in various fields including health, education, housing, skill development, infrastructure, vocational training among others, all across the country. About 20 such projects are currently under progress.
The overall development portfolio of Government of India in Sri Lanka is close to US$ 3 billion out of which US$ 560 million are in grants.
The Indian Housing Project in Sri Lanka with a grant of over US$ 350 million (close to 50 billion LKR), was the largest Indian grant assistance project in any country abroad. Out of the total commitment of 63,000 houses, 47,000 houses had already been built.
This was disclosed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu expressing India’s support for realization of Sri Lanka’s developmental priorities.
He reiterated Government and people of India’s commitment to participate with the people of Sri Lanka in their journey towards prosperity and development.
He was speaking at a special event held at Helboda Estate in Nuwara Eliya recently where 98 houses built under the Indian Housing Project were handed over to the beneficiaries.
High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu has vested the ownership of these houses in beneficiaries in the presence of Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera. Palani Digambaram, Minister for Hill country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Gayantha Karunathilake, Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms, and Hon. Radhakrishnan, Minister of Special Area Development.
Minister Samaraweera described India as a true friend, always ready to assist Sri Lanka during emergencies and crisis situations.