Indian envoy reiterates commitment to devolution under the 13 Amendment

The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, told a five-member delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) here on Thursday, that India is committed to supporting devolution of power within the framework of a united Sri Lanka on the basis of the full implementation of the 13 th.Amendment of the Sri Lankan constitution.

“This would be in line with the Tamils’ aspirations for equality, justice, peace and reconciliation,” Baglay told the delegation led by R. Sampanthan, Member of Parliament.

The pre-scheduled meeting was held at India House the official residence of the High Commissioner, a release from the mission said.

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

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

The meeting discussed improving connectivity between India and Sri Lanka in the post-COVID period.

The High Commissioner stressed India’s longstanding commitment to creating social infrastructure such as housing 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.