PM Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart e-flag India-assisted emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka

Updated:3 weeks, 6 days ago IST

New Delhi/Jaffna (Sri Lanka), Jul 21 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe e-flagged National Emergency Ambulance service together all over Sri Lanka via video conference. The inaugural function was held in Jaffna of the Northern Province where PM Wickremesinghe was present among other dignitaries. India has given a grant of 22.8 million US dollars for the country-wide expansion of the ambulance service. 88 ambulances were purchased for the two provinces under the first phase while another 209 ambulances are being provided to cover all districts in the country. This is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after Indian housing project. Apart from providing ambulances, the grant covers training of manpower in India and meeting operational costs for one year. This project is another milestone in the wide ranging development partnership between India and Sri Lanka. India’s development portfolio in Sri Lanka is nearly 2.9 billion US dollars, out of which 545 million US dollars is pure grants.

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