HC Kantha reviews Indian-assisted projects in CP

By Franklin R. Satyapalan

Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Ashok K. Kantha last week reviewed the progress of Indian-assisted development projects in the Central Province.

He was accompanied by Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake. During his visit to the Central Province the Indian HC visited the Most Venerable Udugama Buddharakkita, Mahanayake Thera of the Asgiriya Chapter and the Most Venerable Thibbatuwawe Sri Siddahratha Sumangala Nayake Thera, Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter.

The High Commissioner reviewed the progress of the construction of the 150-bed Hospital in Dickoya, fully funded by the government of India to fulfil a long standing promise by India to the Tamil plantation workers in the Central Province. The HC said that he expected the Hospital to be completed as scheduled by July of 2013.

The Indian High Commissioner invited Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake to visit India.

The High Commissioner handed over equipment to the Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development Dalles Alahapperuma when the Minister inaugurated the Vocational training center in Nuwara Eliya, set up with Indian grant assistance of Rs. 215 million. He requested Chief Minister Ekanayake to get the full involvement of the Central Province Administration in the construction of 4,000 houses in the province under the third phase of the Indian housing project. The Corpus fund for Ceylon Estate Workers Education Trust (CEWET) had been doubled and that the number of general scholarships for deserving Sri Lankan students, too, had been increased HC Kantha said.

Responding to specific requests the HC offered Indian assistance for reviving the closed Hotel Management School in Kandy by conducting training courses and also offered medical equipment to the Cancer treatment Section in the Kandy General Hospital.

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