Since May 2020, Indian Navy has successfully concluded eight such missions, deploying ten ships to 18 friendly foreign countries, said a statement issued by the ministry of defence.
New Delhi: With an aim to provide critical medical aid to Sri Lanka during the ongoing economical crisis, the INS Gharial, as a part of Mission SAGAR IX, arrived at Colombo on Friday and delivered over 760 kg of 107 types of critical lifesaving medicines. The shipment was received by Health Minister of Sri Lanka Channa Jayasumana and the consignment would be supplied to the University of Peradeniya Hospital.
In line with the Centre’s vision of SAGAR – Security And Growth for All in the Region – the Indian Navy undertakes several deployments titled ‘Mission SAGAR’ to assist friendly IOR littorals. Since May 2020, Indian Navy has successfully concluded eight such missions, deploying ten ships to 18 friendly foreign countries, said a statement issued by the ministry of defence.
“With a steadfast intent of delivering a high quantum of humanitarian assistance to our neighbours, personnel from ships and shore organisations of Indian Navy have invested close to a million man-hours to bring succour to our friends, overseas,” the statement read.
It is important to note that amid the worst-ever economic crisis in Sri Lanka, an Emergency was enforced on April 1 amid heightened protests mainly in the capital city of Colombo and other parts of the country. On March 31, as per reports, over 1,000 people had come down on the streets of the capital city. The protesters staged a massive stir outside the house of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, waved posters and raised slogans. Reports of scuffles between protesters and the police had also come in even as the law enforcement agencies had tried to pacify the angry protesters.