The Government will expand its diplomatic ties with India by revamping its consulates and adding more officials to its offices there.
The Cabinet have approved a proposal by the Minister of External Affairs G. L. Pieris to expand existing Sri Lankan missions in India to suit the present day needs.
The decisions taken by the cabinet at its weekly meeting includes the following :-
The Deputy High Commission in Chennai will have two additional Tamil-speaking officers from the public service.
A senior Sri Lankan overseas service officer would head the Consulate General in Mumbai and a middle-ranking officer from the Department of Commerce would also be posted there.
An additional post at the High Commission in New Delhi would exclusively deal with Sri Lanka's bilateral, economic, investment and trade relations with India.
A new Consulate General office in Kolkata will have the staff strength of a Consular General, a personal assistant, a Sri Lanka foreign service officer and an Attache.
The position of public management assistant would have Consular jurisdiction over the States of West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand, Bihar and the North-Eastern States.
The appointment of Honorary Consuls for Sri Lanka in Hyderabad, Lucknow and Thiruvananthapuram are also part of the revamp of the diplomatic presence in India.