A project to provide livelihood support to nearly 70,000 people from the farming and fishing communities in Hambantota District has been launched with Indian assistance .
The project launching ceremony was held at Nonagama Cultural Centre in Ambalantota in Hambantota District, under the patronage of Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development,. Mahinda Amaraweera, and High Commissioner of India, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
The project envisages supporting livelihood activities by providing useful tools and equipment to the beneficiaries. In particular, 7000 bicycles, 1000 sewing machines and 60000 grub hoes are being disbursed to beneficiaries. Ceylon Fisheries Harbours Corporation is the implementing agency for the project and Government of India has provided Rs.138 million as grant assistance for this purpose. It is expected that close to 70,000 persons/families will be able to improve their incomes and enhance their livelihood due to this project.
Speaking on the occasion, High Commissioner Sandhu emphasized the importance of capacity building and recalled the numerous projects being implemented all over Sri Lanka with Indian assistance.
This project is in continuation of Government of India’s commitment to assist the Government of Sri Lanka as part of our bilateral development partnership. India’s overall commitment for development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around US$ 2.9 billion, out of which US$ 545 million is pure grant assistance.