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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches India-assisted ambulance service in Sri Lanka Saturday July 21, 2018.

India-assisted emergency ambulance service was launched in Sri Lanka by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi through video conferencing from New Delhi on Saturday July 21, 2018.

The inaugural function was held in Jaffna of the Northern Province, in the presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and several other dignitaries.

Key Highlights

The service was earlier introduced in two provinces of Sri Lanka with grant assistance from India and it will now be expanded to the remaining seven provinces.

In total, India has given a grant of $22.8 million- $7.6 million for the first phase and $15.2 million for the country-wide expansion.

Under the first phase, 88 ambulances were purchased for the two provinces while another 209 ambulances will be provided to cover all districts in the country.

This is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after Indian housing project.

Besides providing ambulances, the grant covers training of manpower in India and meeting operational costs for one year.

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