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Visit of High Commissioner to Southern Province

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Visit of High Commissioner to Southern Province

   High Commissioner of India, H.E Santosh Jha became the first Indian High Commissioner in recent times to undertake a standalone visit to Southern Province, as he held diverse engagements in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts on 6-7 March 2024.

2. High Commissioner met Governor of the Province, Hon. Dr. Willie Gamage on 6 March 2024 and highlighted several projects undertaken by Government of India (GOI) in the region. High Commissioner also expressed willingness to carry out more projects for the benefit of the people in the Province through grant assistance as well as investments. Hon. Governor thanked the High Commissioner for GOI’s diverse initiatives.

3. High Commissioner paid floral tributes at the bust of Rabindranath Tagore, installed in the auditorium named after Gurudev Tagore in University of Ruhuna. With a seating capacity of 1500 people, this is the largest auditorium in any Sri Lankan University. It may be recalled this facility, built through GOI grant assistance, was inaugurated in 2018. During an interactive session with the Vice Chancellor and faculty heads of the University, High Commissioner expressed interest in closer educational collaborations and conveyed willingness to further support the University in multiple ways.

4. GOI is currently implementing two dedicated housing projects, covering around 50 villages in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts. GOI has committed to build 1200 housing units for the homeless, landless and low-income people under these two projects. High Commissioner visited two villages in Hambantota District to take stock of progress of these two project sites.

5. High Commissioner’s visit to Southern Province underscored the enduring cultural linkages between India and Sri Lanka. High Commissioner sought the blessings of Lord Buddha at the sacred Dondra, Katragama and Tissamaharama Temples and prayed for further strengthening of ties between the people of India and Sri Lanka.



07 March 2024

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