With the civil war in northern Sri Lanka over, India will shortly open its Consulate in Jaffna, a significant step that will enable it to participate better in the reconstruction and rehabilitation process in the Tamil-dominated region.
All issues related to opening of the Consulate have been finalised and it will be inaugurated soon, sources said here.
It got a bit delayed as Sri Lanka was going through the electoral process, which is now over. Now, the process to open the Consulate will gather pace, they said.
The step will bring about closer contact between India and the Tamil population in northern Sri Lanka, which was freed from LTTE control last year.
India has announced Rs. 500 crore package for reconstruction and rehabilitation of about three lakh Tamils displaced by the war between LTTE and government forces.
One of the focus areas of reconstruction is agriculture with India planning a major initiative in this regard in northern Sri Lanka.
India was also keenly awaiting for the political package to be announced, as promised by newly re-elected Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa, for the Tamil minorities.
New Delhi hoped that aspirations of these minorities will be taken care of in that package by the President, who it said has come to power with a “convincing” margin.