India denies water canon vehicles have been supplied to Sri Lanka under line of credit
India had extended a concessional loan of USD 1 billion to Sri Lanka on March 17 this year
No water canon vehicles have been supplied by India under any of the credit lines extended by it to Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said on Saturday.
Reacting to reports in this connection, the High Commission said, "We have seen reports that a water canon vehicle was imported by Government of Sri Lanka under a credit line extended by Government of India.These reports are factually incorrect".
"No water canon vehicles have been supplied by India under any of the credit lines extended by India to Sri Lanka," the High Commission emphasized in a series of tweets highlighting the factual position.
The credit line of USD 1 billion to Sri Lanka is intended to help the people of Sri Lanka with availability of food, medicines and other essential items required by the people of Sri Lanka in the current situation.
"Such incorrect reports don’t make any constructive contribution to the cooperation and efforts undertaken to address the ongoing challenges faced by the people of Sri Lanka," the High Commission pointed out.
The Government of India had extended a concessional loan of USD 1 billion to the Government of Sri Lanka, through the State Bank of India, on March 17 this year.
"The Facility is operational and food items like rice, red chillies have already been supplied under it. Several other Contracts for supply of sugar, milk powder, wheat, medicines, fuel and industrial raw materials, based on the priorities of the Government and people of Sri Lanka, have been included under the Facility," the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said.
SBI has released details on the operational aspects of the Facility, the release added.