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India pledges support for the massive development programme

Jun 13, 2010 12:09:45 PM - itnnews.lk

Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has said that India has pledged to strengthen the massive programme that could steer the country towards development.

The Minister revealed this at a media briefing held today with regard to the visit of the President and his delegation to India. The Minister said that the Indian President and the Prime Minister have clearly stated that there is unprecedented political stability in the country which was not evident for the past 25 years. They appreciated the measures taken by the Government after the humanitarian operation. India has offered to assist this programme. They would provide financial aid to construct 50,000 houses.

India is providing assistance in the spheres of housing construction, infrastructure and education. India has also pledged to aid renovating the Northern rail track and construction of the Saampur Power plant. The External Affairs Minister stressed that the agreements signed would only improve the friendly relations between the two countries and strengthen economic development. He said that none of the agreements signed would harm the country.

The Minister said that there were many wrong ideas. There was a controversy that the CEPA would be signed. The Minister noted that the Indian Prime Minister believes that economic development of India should be beneficial to the entire South Asian region. He said that the Indian Prime Minister clearly stated that Sri Lanka should find solutions for its own problems. India would not exert undue pressure. He said that the opposition in India supports their Government with regard to socio-economic development.