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India commits US$ 3 billion for Sri Lanka people-oriented development projects

India’s overall commitment of assistance to Sri Lanka for people-oriented development partnership projects stands at a total of around US$ 3 billion, out of which US$ 550 million is pure grant assistance.

Indian government is implementing hosing programmes in the North and East for the benefit of the people affected by the ethnic conflict.

In a special ceremony held at Batticaloa District on Friday, High Commissioner of India. Taranjit Singh Sandhu dedicated houses built under the Indian Housing Project in Batticaloa for possession by beneficiaries.

Government of India has committed a total of 4000 houses in the Eastern Province. This is in addition to 42000 houses built under grants by Government of India in the North and 14000 currently constructing also under grants in the Upcountry.

High Commissioner also visited the Trade Facilitation Center by first ever cooperative society of war affected women in the eastern province in Kallady. Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) –an Indian based community based organization, with the grant assistance of Rs 197 million from the Government of India has executed the project.

The objective is to empower war affected women by building their capacities in vocations, leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills by setting up Trade Facilitation Center and Community Learning Centre in Batticaoloa and Ampara.

This project helps them to provide skills and value chain support to provide livelihood opportunities.

(LI NEWS)

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