The visiting Indian minister for Culture, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation assured to extend India' assistance for resettlement and reconstruction works in former conflict-affected Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Minister Kumari Selja, who brought the sacred Kapilavastu relics to Sri Lanka on Sunday, assured India's cooperation when she called on Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa at the Ministry of Economic Development Tuesday (21).
Minister Rajapaksa expressed Sri Lankan government's appreciation to India for its assistance which was a vital factor for the north east development.
He also thanked Minister Selja for leading the Indian delegation to bring the sacred relics from India.
"This event will signify the longstanding close relationship between our two countries," Minister Rajapaksa said.
The Indian Minister Mannar to inaugurate the restoration works at the Thiruketheeswaram Temple, one of the holiest Hindu shrines in North.
Minister Selja said that rehabilitation and reconstruction projects started with the Indian assistance in that area are progressing well and commended the Sri Lankan government for efficiency in running these projects.
Minister Rajapaksa said that India had helped at every stage providing basic equipment and food for camps of internally displaced people, donating 50,000 houses for resettlement and helping in building hospitals, schools and irrigation facilities.