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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2734

India completes distribution of 10,000 bicycles to IDPs of North Sri Lanka

Colombo, 08 March, (

Consulate General of India in Jaffna has announced that the final distributions of 10000 Bicycles costing 67 million Sri Lankan rupees, covering all the Five Districts of Northern Province has been completed on 4th March 2013.

Earlier, High Commission of India, Colombo announced in the month of October 2011 that under the Indian Grant Assistance, 10,000 bicycles would be distributed to the resettled IDPs in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka on the basis of need based request originated from the Governor of the Northern Province.

The press release from the Indian Consulate General in Jaffna revealed that the project was conceived as per the priorities identified in consultation with the Government of Sri Lanka, with the objective to cater to the transportation needs of persons being resettled and to aid revival of their livelihoods. The total cost of the project is about 67 million Sri Lankan rupees.

According to the press release: By all concerned, great attention was paid in developing appropriate criteria for selection of beneficiaries which include families with school going children, families employed in livelihoods requiring mobility; single or women headed families, families with physically or mentally disabled persons families living in remote areas, etc. The role played by UNHCR in this regard was commendable particularly in handling the logistics of the distribution of bicycles.

Of the 10000 bicycles, 2500 bicycles have been distributed in Mulaitivu District, 2500 bicycles in Kilinochchi District, 1750 bicycles in Mannar District, 1750 bicycles in Vavuniya District and 1500 bicycles in Jaffna District.

First lot of 250 bicycles was distributed to IDPs when Mr. S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs of India visited Jaffna on 18 January 2012 and the second lot of 150 bicycles was distributed when the Parliamentary delegation led by Opposition leader of Lok Sabha Hon’ble Mrs. Sushma Swaraj visited Mullaitivu on 18.04.2012.

Another major events of distribution of 98 bicycles were held on 17.06.2012 at Jaffna and 112 bicycles in Kilinochchi in the presence of Douglas Devananda, Minister for Traditional Industries & Small Enterprise Development, Governor G.A. Chandrasiri, Consul General of India, Mr. V. Mahalingam, Member of Parliament and Deputy Chairman of Parliament Committees M. Chandra Kumar, Mayor of Jaffna Yogeswaray Patgunarajah, Jaffna Additional Government Agent Mrs. Rubini Varathalingam and Mrs. Rupavathi Ketheeswarn Government Agent of Kilinochchi.

Apart from the above, rest of the bicycles has been distributed involving the respective GAs and Divisional Secretaries, UNHCR representatives and officials of CGI, Jaffna on various occasions.

- Asian Tribune -

India completes  distribution of 10,000 bicycles to IDPs of North Sri Lanka
India completes  distribution of 10,000 bicycles to IDPs of North Sri Lanka
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