The Rajapaksa family has made a big attempt to grant ample business privileges in Sri Lanka to the five-member team of unofficial representatives of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janatha Party in order to promote India’s goodwill towards Sri Lanka, reports say.
Accordingly, a company owned by Dr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, a member of the team and former federal cabinet minister of industry, energy, environment and forests, chemicals and fertilizers, heavy industry, and public enterprise, and his son, have been allowed to set up a 1,000 megawatt windmill power park in Sri Lanka’s western coast and transmit the power generated there to India.
Sri Lanka has a capacity to generate around 20,000 mw of windmill power and an US research institute has done a study on that possibility previously.
Similarly, India obtains hydro-power from Nepal at low costs and the preliminary study has taken place following a proposal some time ago to build an electricity transmission network with Sri Lanka.
Dr. Prabhu is presently chairman of the advisory group for integrated development of power, coal and renewable energy of the Indian government.
As such, Prime Minister Modi is preparing for a business deal on Sri Lanka’s resources and the Rajapaksa government is in an attempt to handover the country’s resources, which it thinks is its property, to foreigners and is trying to win Indian goodwill.
Pulmoddai Titanium to Nawaratnam company
Preliminary discussions have been held to carry out these business deals that will be led by economic development minister Basil Rajapaksa, and talks have also taken place to give the titanium deposit at Pulmoddai in Trincomalee to Nawaratnam company of India.
China too, has shown an interest in this titanium deposit, but the Rajapaksas are preparing to hand it over to India despite Chinese objections as it is politically important for them to win India’s goodwill at this moment.
The Indian team led by Dr. Subramanian Swamy, chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action, also met with president Mahinda Rajapaksa during their Sri Lanka tour, and a seminar titled ‘India under Modi: Relevance for the region and the world’ took place at Bandaranaike Centre For International Studies in Colombo recently.
It was said that India will generate business opportunities in the entire region under Modi and compete with China, and that focus will be on India’s security and threats to the region by Muslim extremist groups.