Colombo, March 23 (newsin.asia): The Indian Deputy High Commissionerm Vinod K. Jacob and Deepthika Gunarathna, Additional Secretary (Development), State Ministry of Estate Housing & Community Infrastructure, who represented Mr. D.P.G. Kumarasiri, Secretary, met on Tuesday to review the progress in upgrading the Thondaman Vocational Training Center (TVTC) in Hatton.
Representatives of the Contractor- Panthila Civil Engineers, Consultant-DH Wijeyawardhana and other Government officials from India and Sri Lanka also participated.
Upgrading is being undertaken as a grant project by Government of India and consists of civil works as well as the supply of equipment. This project is a reflection of India’s continued commitment to carry out people-centric projects in Sri Lanka in diverse spheres. Education and vocational training have been central elements of India’s development assistance in Sri Lanka.
India’s overall assistance to Sri Lanka currently stands at more than USD 3.5 billion with USD 560 million being grants. While close to 65 grant projects have already been carried out across the island, 20 of them are at various stages of implementation. The Indian Housing Program and the 1990 Suwaseriya ambulance service are among the flagship grant projects implemented by India in Sri Lanka.