Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) on Tuesday granted permission for export of 1,200 tonnes of non-basmati rice and toor dhal to Colombo on humanitarian grounds.

In a letter sent to the State Government, the DGFT officials said that there is a ban on export of non-basmati rice and toor dhal from India. Considering the humanitarian aid, the existing ban on exports will not apply in this case.

Talking to The Hindu on Tuesday, Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation Managing Director Satyabrata Sahoo said “we are sending 80,000 bundles of ready-to-use materials to Tamils in Sri Lanka as relief material. These food items will be loaded on to 80 containers on Tuesday and Wednesday along with dress materials being sent by Co-optex. After the completion of customs formalities, the vessel will leave for Colombo on Thursday.” Each food package consists of 15 kilo of rice, 2 kg toor dhal, 1 kg sugar, 200 gm tea and 100 gm of bathing soap and washing soap along with other items.