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Ready to ship rice and medicine to Lankan Tamils ​​: Tn To Center

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin told the Center on Thursday that his government was ready to ship essentials like rice and life-saving medicines to Sri Lanka in view of the welfare of the Tamils ​​and asked for the permission to distribute them there through the Indian High Commission. Stalin spoke by telephone with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and expressed deep concern over the plight of Tamils ​​in Sri Lanka, who have been hit hard by the unprecedented economic crisis in their country, an official statement said. here.

The chief minister told Jaishankar that Tamil Nadu is ready to ship rice, pulses and life-saving medicines from Thoothukudi port in Sri Lanka. Stalin informed Jaishankar that this decision was based on humanitarian grounds, considering the welfare of Tamils ​​in the island nation, including Tamils ​​of Indian descent, known as “Malayaga Tamizhargal”.

The aid is intended for Tamils, including those in Colombo and the northern and eastern provinces. Stalin asked the Center for permission to distribute commodities and medicine through the Indian High Commission in Colombo and the Indian Consulate General in Jaffna to Tamil beneficiaries, who are starving without food. The Chief Minister has also requested arrangements for distribution through the High Commission and Consulate.

He further urged the Center to act quickly to ensure that Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu are released from Sri Lankan prisons. Jaishankar assured him of appropriate action in this regard, the government said. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence from the United Kingdom in 1948. India had recently announced a $1 billion line of credit to Sri Lanka as part of its financial assistance to the country to cope to the economic crisis after a previous investment of 500 million dollars. line of credit in February.

The Indian High Commission announced on Wednesday the arrival of two more fuel shipments in Colombo under the Indian line of credit. Rice shipments to Colombo were also taken over by India.

(Edited by : Anand Singha)

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