The consignment was flagged off from Chennai port by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on May 18

As Sri Lanka continues to grapple with a severe economic crisis, a large humanitarian grant assistance consignment worth more than SLR 2 billion from the people of India is scheduled to reach Colombo on Sunday.

The consignment, which was flagged off from Chennai port by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin on May 18, consists of 9,000 MT of rice, 50 MT of milk powder and more than 25 MT of drugs and other medical supplies.

It will be handed over by High Commissioner Gopal Baglay to the senior leadership of Government of Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a statement on Friday.

This is the first incoming consignment under a larger commitment of 40,000 MT of rice, 500 MT of milk powder and medicines by Government of Tamil Nadu. This commitment translates to more than SLR 5.5 billion, the Indian High Commission's statement added.

The supplies shall be distributed among beneficiaries across the country including Northern, Eastern, Central and Western Provinces by Government of Sri Lanka. These beneficiaries cover diverse sections of the society.

According to the High Commission, the assistance from people of India complements multi-pronged efforts undertaken by Government of India by standing with their brethren in Sri Lanka. Several private and social organizations from India have sent assistance to Sri Lanka to meet various urgent requirements.

"This outpouring of support for Sri Lanka among common Indians is apart from the economic assistance by Government of India which has been to the tune of around USD 3.5 billion since January this year. In addition, medicines, dry rations etc have also been sent by Government of India on grant basis," it added.