Hatton, May 12 (newsin.asia): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday flew to Hatton in the tea plantation district of Nuwara Eliya in Sri Lanka’s Central hill country and told the plantation workers of Indian origin there, that India would build 10,000 houses for them in addition to the 4,000 already being built with Indian aid.
Modi also announced that India will expand the Emergency Ambulance Project to all provinces of Sri Lanka .It is currently confined to the Western and Southern Provinces .The service, started with a budget of US$ 20 million, envisages free service for a set time period. Thereafter there will be charge determined by the Sri Lankan Health Ministry.
He also inaugurated a 150-bed India-built super speciality hospital at Dikoya to serve the plantation workers.
The Indian Prime Minister congratulated the plantation workers of Indian origin for fighting with grit and determination for their rights over the last 200 years but always peacefully.
He was happy to see them being part of the Si Lankan ethnic mosaic, eschewing separatism.
To the delight of the vast Tamil-speaking gathering, Modi spoke in Tamil also and quoted from Tamil savants like Poonkundranar who spoke about the world as a family and Thiruvalluvar who said that wealth will go in search of the hard worker.
(Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing plantation workers of Indian origin in Sri Lanka)