Following the passage of a resolution by the Tamil Nadu Assembly requesting permission to supply rice and essential medicines as humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar stated that the assistance provided by the Tamil Nadu Government can complement that provided by the Government of India and informed that Sri Lanka prefers inclusive distribution.
Following the passage of a motion introduced by Chief Minister MK Stalin by the entire house, including the opposition AIADMK and the BJP, this is the latest development.
Mr Jaishankar stated in a letter sent to Chief Minister Stalin that the Tamil Nadu mission in Colombo had been consulted about the issue. According to a letter from the Ministry, “The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) suggests that the aid offered by the Tamil Nadu government can be used to enhance the help provided by the Indian government. The preference of the Sri Lankan government is for a more equitable allocation of resources.”
According to Jaishankar, the Government of Tamil Nadu has proposed that humanitarian help be provided to the island nation. He noted that the TN Government could ask the TN Chief Secretary to cooperate with the Government of India on the supply of relief supplies.
According to the EAM, “The Chief Secretary of the state of Tennessee may decide to work with the Government of India in order to deliver and distribute humanitarian relief materials to the Sri Lankan government. It will be shared with the Government of Sri Lanka so that it can be dispersed in an appropriate manner under the current circumstances. -“
Sri Lanka is currently experiencing severe food and electricity shortages, which has compelled the country to seek assistance from its neighbours. The recession is being blamed on foreign exchange shortages created by a ban on tourists during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated the situation. The country is unable to purchase enough gasoline and natural gas, and the citizens are also deprived of basic necessities like as food and water.
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