Indian High Commissioner visited Hospital & Housing Projects sites
High Commissioner of India, Ashok K. Kantha visited Vavuniya on 23 February 2013 to inspect progress in the construction of the 200-bed Ward Complex at District Hospital, Vavuniya.
He was accompanied by the Consul General of India in Jaffna Mr. V.Mahalingam. Provincial Secretary of Health and Indigenous Medicine Mr. Raveendran, Dr. T. Sathaymoorthy, Incharge, Vavuniya District Hospital and other officials were present at the hospital site.
As part of India’s development partnership with Sri Lanka and in response to requirements projected by the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of India has undertaken this project which envisages construction of a four-storey 200-bed Ward Complex at the District Hospital, Vavuniya.
The Project will improve the existing infrastructure of the Hospital and fulfill the medical care needs of in-patients admitted to the Hospital from Vavuniya and adjoining districts. The Project is being implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, Government of Sri Lanka, and the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine, Northern Province. A contract agreement to execute the Project was entered into earlier by the High Commission of India with M/s Wahid Constructions on 27 August 2012. The Project is being implemented under full grant assistance of the Government of India amounting to SLR 200 million and is expected to be completed by February 2014.
As a part of India’s assistance to the health sector in Sri Lanka, Government of India had also supplied high-value critical medical equipment for the Jaffna Teaching Hospital in January 2011 and to the District Hospitals at Killinochchi and Mullaitivu in January 2012 at a cost SLR 230 million. India is constructing a 150-bed base hospital at Dickoya in the Central Province at a cost of SLR 1.2 billion which will be fully functional by July 2013.
The Government of India has also announced a gift of a ‘Bhabatron’ Telecobalt Radiotherapy Machine to the Government of Sri Lanka, which is to be installed at the General Hospital in Hambantota.
During his visit, the High Commissioner reviewed other projects of Indian assistance currently being undertaken in the Northern Province, including the second phase of the Indian Housing Project. Along with representatives of the Implementing Agencies (IFRC, UN-Habitat & National Housing Development Authority), he visited some of the houses completed under this phase and expressed satisfaction on the progress of the work. He also interacted with various stakeholders, including beneficiary communities and civil society groups to assess the impact of this Project on the ground and understand local priorities and requirements.
The second phase has made rapid progress since its launch because of the support received by our Implementing Agencies on the ground from officials of the Government of Sri Lanka and the local community.
Over 8,000 beneficiaries have already been selected in all five districts of Northern Province. The High Commission of India has already released first installment payments to 8039 beneficiaries. We are confident of achieving our target of constructing 10,000 houses in the first year of the Project.
High Commissioner en-route to Vavuniya visited the Indian Housing Project, Phase-II at the Malayalapuram village at Killinochchi. He met with with about 50 people from the Malayalapuram Association Village people and Gram Sevaks. High Commissioner and Consul General of India in Jaffna inaugurated two houses of beneficiaries namely Mr. Elumalai Pillai and Mrs. Vimla Devi.
High Commissioner along with Consul General also met with the Civil Society members at Vavuniya, Mr. Sivasakthee Anandan, M.P., TNA also participated in the meeting. Members of Vavuniya District Resettled People Welfare Organisation, Community Integration Union (Samooga Inanallinakka Ondriyum, and Members of Citizen Committee Mannar, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu alongwith representatives of Implementing Agencies (UN-HABITAT, IFRC and NHDA) participated.
India has been supporting projects for rehabilitation, resettlement and well-being of displaced persons in the Northern Province in the areas of shelter (through donation of roofing sheets & cement bags and construction & repair of houses under the Indian Housing Project for 50,000 houses), health-care (providing emergency medical relief, organizing artificial limbs refitment camps and equipping hospitals), livelihood generation (provision of fishing equipment, tractors, bicycles, trishaws, agricultural equipment and seeds), education (repairs of 79 schools, distribution of computers & printers to schools, establishing nenashalas, supply of buses to educational institutions and setting up of vocational training centres) and infrastructure development (restoration of Northern Railway lines, rehabilitation of Palaly Airport and KKS Harbour).
Asian Tribune -