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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 6.18 GMT
Indian delegation satisfied over project progress


The visiting Indian Parliamentary delegation expressed satisfaction over the progress of the projects funded by it in north, as a visiting Parliamentary delegation inspected various support and resettlement schemes in the area.

A 12-member delegation of Indian MPs headed by the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj is on a six day visit to Sri Lanka, toured the north yesterday.

The delegation visited Menik Farm camp in Vavuniya and interacted with the people and witnessed the facilities available.

The camp had accommodated nearly 300,000 civilians from the former LTTE held areas.

Only a few thousands, over 6000 are currently living there after the government's re-settlement programme was put in place since the conflict ended three years ago.

The delegation also next visited Puliyankulam and Mankulam areas, where they inspected the India-assisted rail track rehabilitation project.

The delegation, in the company of the Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, then visited Mullaitivu district general hospital where they donated medical equipment worth around Rs. 89 million for the people in the North.

The visiting MPs then attended a ceremony at Thanneer Ootru Tamil Maha Vidyalaya at Mullavaikkal, where they handed over a school building rehabilitated under the Indian-assisted scheme.

150 bicycles and agricultural equipment were also distributed among the needy people.

"Children spoke about their schooling and the adults spoke about the difficulties they went through in the past. Also we witnessed how development projects have progressed and also the progress in the Indian-assisted projects", Indian Opposition Leader Swaraj was quoted as saying.

The delegation would visit Jaffna today.

Speaking to local media Indian Congress party MP Sudarshana Natchchiappan said the visit provided a good platform to share the views of our delegation with the Sri Lankans and vice versa.

The MP also said that all their requests to the Indian High Commission in Colombo prior to the visit with regard to the people they wanted to meet and the places they wanted to visit were arranged with no hassle.





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