Tamil Nadu sends another relief shipment to Sri Lanka

The Tamil Nadu government has sent the third tranche of relief materials to crisis-hit Sri Lanka. With this, the total assistance from the government of MK Stalin crossed 40,000 tons of relief materials.

Stalin had previously proposed a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly to send humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka. The first installment was sent in May and the second in June.

DMK MP Kanimozhi on Saturday announced the third tranche, comprising 16,595 tons of items, by sea from the VOC port of Tuticorin in the presence of state ministers.

An official statement in Chennai recalled that Stalin had earlier proposed the Assembly’s resolution to supply 40,000 tons of rice, 500 tons of powdered milk and 102 tons of life-saving drugs to Sri Lanka. He said that efforts have been made to identify the type of rice consumed by the people of Lanka and the same has been purchased from 85 rice mills in the state.

With Saturday’s shipment, the state sent 40,000 tons of rice, 500 tons of powdered milk and 102 tons of life-saving drugs, with the government allocating a total of Rs 196.83 crore to this exercise including expenses transport by boat.

Of this amount, Rs 8.22 crore was allocated from contributions received to the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund and the rest was state allocation, he added.

Sri Lanka is experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history. The acute foreign exchange crisis means that the country cannot even import essentials, resulting in severe shortages of several essentials such as foodstuffs, cooking gas, fuel for vehicles, medicines, etc. As there is a severe shortage of items, prices have also skyrocketed in recent months.

The Union government has so far sent $3.8 billion worth of relief materials to Sri Lanka since the onset of the current crisis. India has sent shipments of fuel, foodstuffs, medicine, etc. in Sri Lanka. (Courtesy of Outlook India)

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