Twelve member Indian Parliamentary delegation led by Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj on a six day visit in Sri Lanka was received at the Katunayake International Airport on April 17 by Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera.
They had a meeting with Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapakse. Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj outlined that India recognized the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and looks forward for stronger bilateral relations with Lanka.
Reports say that Minister Basil Rajapakse outlined the progress made in resettlement and explained that 95 percent of the internally displaced people have been resettled. The building of 50,000 permanent houses for IDPs with Indian fund is progressing. The IDPs are provided with cash grants resettlement kits and six month dry rations, which have now been extended for two years.
They also met the Minister of External Affairs G.L.Peiris and discussed various issues. “ We briefed them the details of the implementation of the LLRC and the priorities of the government. The members of the delegation asked several questions, which demonstrated a genuine will to help”, Minister Peris told the media.