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India discuss devolution and 13th Amendment with TNA

A five member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) delegation led by Rajavarothiam Sampanthan called on India’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, at India House today (17), the High Commission’s official twitter handle stated.

The prescheduled meeting saw discussions on development of the North and East of Sri Lanka and improving connectivity between the two countries in the post-Covid period.

The High Commissioner stressed India’s longstanding commitment towards creating social infrastructure such as housing  in Sri Lanka that enabled all Sri Lankans including the people from the Northern and Eastern Provinces to enjoy the fruits of peace. He reiterated Indian support for rehabilitation and development in areas such as connectivity, health and education. 

Various aspects of devolution and developmental aspirations of the people from the North and East were also discussed. The TNA delegation apprised the High Commissioner on progress regarding Provincial Council elections which constitutes an integral part of Sri Lankan polity and the Constitution. 

He also reiterated India’s support for devolution within the framework of a united Sri Lanka on the basis of full implementation of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka (13A), which would be in line with Tamil aspirations for equality, justice, peace and reconciliation, which would further strengthen Sri Lanka.

Leader of Ilangai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Maavai Senathirajah and TNA Members of Parliament Dharmalingam Sithadthan, Selvam Adaikkalanathan and MA. Sumanthiran were present during the meeting. The High Commissioner was assisted by Deputy High Commissioner Mr Vinod K Jacob and Political Counsellor Mrs Banu Prakash.