The service has been introduced in two provinces of Sri Lanka with grant assistance from Government of India and is being expanded to remaining seven provinces. The inaugural function is being held in Jaffna of Northern Province where Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will also be present among other dignitaries.
India has given a grant of 22.8 million US dollars – $7.6 million in first phase and 15.2 million dollars for the country-wide expansion being launched today. Under the first phase, 88 ambulances were purchased for the two provinces while another 209 ambulances are being provided to cover all districts in the country. Sri Lankan Prime Minister while signing MOU for the countrywide expansion stated that this is a good example of the Indian success story being transferred to Sri Lanka.
This is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after Indian housing project. Apart from providing ambulances, the grant covers training of manpower in India and meeting operational costs for one year. This project is another milestone in the wide raging development partnership between India and Sri Lanka. India’s development portfolio in Sri Lanka is nearly 2.9 billion US dollars, out of which 545 million US dollars is pure grants.