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Sri lanka News – India’s High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Gopal Bagley had met Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Minister Vidura Wickramanayaka to fast track projects funded with grants.

A 15 million dollar grant for to promote Buddhist ties and the functioning of a cultural centre in Jaffna built with an Indian grant had featured in talks held on November 01.

High Commissioner Bagley and Minister Wickramanayaka had agreed “to immediately undertake steps for the quick implementation of jointly-identified priority projects under the grant in numerous areas pertaining to Buddhism,” and Indian High Commission statement said.

“Specific action points regarding installation of solar power facilities in places of worship and Pirivenas, spread across different parts of Sri Lanka were also identified.”

The US$1 million grant to promote bilateral Buddhist ties was announced at a virtual bilateral summit on 26 September 2020.

The Jaffna Cultural Centre multi-story building with two floors of museums, a theatre style auditorium to house over 600 persons, an 11-story ‘learning tower’ built with an 11 million dollar grant. There is also a public square which can be used as an amphitheater.

The meeting was to set up “an enabling joint-framework to make the state-of-the-art facility available for regular use by common public.”

India has made more than 85 grants aiming at ‘people-centric’ projects that impact to the daily lives of the people, the High Commission said. The Suwseriya ambulance service was started with an Indian grant. (Colombo/Nov02/2022)

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