‘Sabka saath, sabka vikas’: India on extending help to Sri Lanka

Indian Envoy to Sri Lanka, Excessive Commissioner Gopal Baglay (File photograph)

Indian Excessive Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, on Tuesday mentioned India is following the ‘Sabka Saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’ coverage in relation to extending help to Sri Lanka. “Sri Lanka has a central place in our neighbourhood coverage and we’ve got at all times stood with its folks,” added Baglay.

In an unique interview with India Right this moment, Baglay mentioned India helped Sri Lanka with offering important gadgets and by offering help for its overseas forex reserves.


Talking concerning the type of help that India has prolonged to Sri Lanka, Baglay mentioned the federal government sought two varieties of assist – the primary one was help for important provides and the second was help for its overseas forex reserves. Baglay mentioned thus far, India has equipped important gadgets amounting to 1.5 billion USD to Sri Lanka. Out of this, one line of credit score amounting to 500 million USD was completely for gasoline.

Baglay added that India additionally helped provide fertilisers to Sri Lanka.

ALSO READ | ‘No meals, no jobs, no cash’: Sri Lankans await passports to depart nation amid disaster

“For forex help, we offered a forex swap of 400 million USD and deferred settlements underneath the Asian Clearing Union near 1.9 to 2 billion USD by July 6,” mentioned the excessive commissioner.

Baglay mentioned Sri Lanka can also be negotiating an appropriate program with the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) to assist alleviate its financial disaster. He added that India will proceed to be supportive and want to construct its capability in order that it may possibly assist past the brief time period help of important gadgets.


Baglay reiterated India’s earlier assertion on the political disaster in Sri Lanka and mentioned it strongly helps democracy, stability and financial restoration within the nation. He added that he met Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and conveyed the identical to him in particular person.

When requested about what the present political state of affairs spells for the problem of Tamils in Sri Lanka, Baglay mentioned India’s place has been clear and constant in wanting full implementation of the thirteenth modification to the Sri Lankan structure. (The thirteenth modification states that Tamil will likely be one among Sri Lanka’s official languages and provincial councils will likely be established all through the nation.)

Nevertheless, he mentioned the present state of affairs just isn’t instantly related to the problem of Tamils within the nation.

Baglay added that the Indian Excessive Fee in Sri Lanka has been retaining in contact with Indians residing or visiting the nation and there have been no studies of great incidents that befell in the course of the current protests.


Sri Lanka goes by way of one of many worst financial crises in its historical past. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as appearing president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the nation following large protests demanding his resignation.

The election for the brand new president will likely be held on Wednesday, July 20.

— ENDS —