Shri Bala Bahskar, President of Indian Media Journalists Union (IMJU) stated that he witnessed the mega development that is taking place in the North and East Provinces and that he will make people of India aware of the high level of development process being carried out without racial prejudices.
He further stated that his media team will make a maximum effort to erase the misconception created among the Indians as a result of certain misinterpretations made on Sri Lanka, when he called on Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa at the Ministry premises on August 13.
A team of Indian journalists led Shri Bala Bahskar is currently visiting Sri Lanka.
Bahskar was of the view that it is imperative that more stronger and uninterrupted economic cooperation is maintained between Indian and Sri Lanka.
The IMJU representatives expressed the view that people of both countries have to make a combined effort to ensure that economic, political and cultural relations between the two countries which have been in existence from ancient times are continued without hindrance. There is no ambiguity with regard to the development efforts taking place in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
Minister Rajapaksa recalled the cooperation extended by India at all time in the process of development efforts implemented by the government. He stated that India was instrumental in implementing a number of projects covering demining. agriculture, irrigation, housing, school building and railways. The Minister further stated that a host of development projects were implemented by the government as well for the benefit of people in the North. The government has always taken steps to ensure that all the communities in the country is treated equally.
Minister Rajapaksa pointed out that several Tamil media organizations including Tamil newspapers and TV channels are in operation in the North and East since the end of the conflict which amply demonstrates government's intention of affording Tamil community with access to information.