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Sri Lanka will no longer be hungry with India’s help, New Year’s gift is 11,000 metric tons of rice

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Sri Lanka, battling its worst economic crisis in decades, is starving. In such a situation, India has once again decided to help Sri Lanka by prioritizing its neighborhood-first policy. India on Tuesday sent 11,000 metric tonnes of rice to Colombo ahead of the New Year celebrations in Sri Lanka. According to the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka, Rice Chain reached Colombo on board the Glory ship. The New Year in Sri Lanka is usually celebrated on 13 April or 14 April and traditionally begins with the new moon.

The embassy said that in the past one week, India has supplied over 16,000 metric tonnes of rice to Sri Lanka as part of its multi-faceted support. He said that this supply reflects the special bond between India and the island nation. Notably, amid the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, India has stepped forward to help the country by supplying fuel, vegetables, daily ration and medicines .

India has so far supplied over 270,000 metric tonnes of fuel to Sri Lanka and has earlier announced a further USD 1 billion loan to help the island nation’s plunging economy. The USD 1 billion loan to Colombo will help control their food prices and fuel costs.

India’s support to Sri Lanka has exceeded US$ 2.5 billion since January this year. In February, New Delhi provided a short-term loan of USD 500 million to Colombo on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka through the Ministry of Energy and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, for the purchase of petroleum products. In November 2021, India delivered 100 tonnes of nano nitrogen liquid fertilizers to Sri Lanka as their government stopped importing chemical fertilisers.

The island nation of Sri Lanka is facing a severe economic crisis affecting large numbers of people due to lack of food and fuel. The economy has completely destroyed tourism since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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