Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Ashok K Kantha toured the Eastern Province covering all three districts, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara to understand the ground situation in the Province and explore opportunities for further development of economic, cultural and people-to-people links in the East.
"The High Commissioner reviewed projects of Indian assistance currently being undertaken in the Province and held wide ranging discussions with various stakeholders to assess the impact of these projects on the ground and understand local priorities and requirements in order to further expand India's development assistance," the High Commission said in a statement today.
During his visit from May 24-27, the High Commissioner separately interacted with leaders and other representatives of major political parties including SLFP, UNP, SLMC, ACMC, NC, TNA and TMVP and religious leaders and members of civil society.
The Indian High Commissioner also met with the Security Forces Commander (East) and Commander Eastern Naval Area to review the security arrangements in the former Tamil Tiger stronghold.
The High Commissioner and the Chief Minister Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan inaugurated a Vocational Training Centre set up with Indian assistance of Rs. 76 million in the Batticaloa district.
The Indian parliamentary delegation that visited the Province last month handed over another Vocational Training Centre in Vantharamullai in Batticaloa established with Indian assistance of Rs. 250 million.
Kantha also handed over 15 trishaws to war-affected women in two separate events at Valachennai in Batticaloa district and Akkaraipattu in Ampara district.
The High Commissioner also discussed implementation of the Housing Project, which would involve construction of about 4,000 houses in the Eastern Province, with various stakeholders, including potential beneficiary communities.
Apart from Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara, High Commissioner also visited Kalmunai, Kattankudy, Siharam, Onthachimadam, Valachennai and Akkaraipattu where he interacted with local communities and representatives of local bodies.