Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that India has decided to extend 1990 Emergency Ambulance Service, currently operating in Western & Southern Provinces, to all other Provinces.
He was addressing Indian origin Tamil community at Norwood Grounds in Dickoya. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe were present.
During his address, he said: ‘We need to strengthen, not separate, (these) threads of unity and harmony. It is a great pleasure to be here today. And, I am most grateful for your warm and enthusiastic welcome.
Ceylon Tea is famous the world over but what is not known is that it is your sweat and toil that makes it the brew of choice for many in the world. Sri Lanka is the third largest exporter of tea, because of your hard work.It is your labour of love that makes Sri Lanka able to meet 17 percent of the world demand of tea and bring in USD 1.5 billion in foreign exchange into the country.
We remember your forefathers; those men and women of strong will and courage, undertook the journey from Indian to Ceylon. Their journey may have been uphill and the struggle hard but they never gave up. Today,we remember and salute that spirit. The community had also to fight hard to win their rights and uplift their welfare thereafter but they did it in ‘peacefully.
You speak one of the oldest-surviving classical languages in the world. It is a matter of pride that many of you also speak Sinhala. There is no better sign that a multilingual society living in peace and harmony and that calls for celebration and not confrontation. The Government and people of India are with you in your journey towards peace and greater prosperity.”