High Commissioner Gopal Baglay felicitated several Sri Lankan nationals working at High Commission of India in recognition of their longstanding and dedicated services at a special event organized at the High Commission. Two of the longest serving personnel – Mrs. Mala Gamage and Mr. Neil Joseph Regis- with a service of more than 30 years each, were offered return air tickets to India and special cash support for visiting India. Mrs. Shirani Sritharan, Mrs. Sujatha Hettiarachchi, Mrs. Niranjala Manori Joseph and Mrs.Lakshi Samarawickrema were accorded promotions for their services recently.

The High Commissioner thanked the Sri Lankan staff for their outstanding work at the High Commission. He stressed that their contribution to the High Commission helped the objective of strengthening India-Sri Lanka relations, especially in aspects directly related to the people, such as development cooperation in Sri Lanka, travel, trade & commerce.

Around 50% of the High Commission’s staff comprises Sri Lankan nationals. Similarly, a considerable proportion of personnel in India’s Consulate Generals in Hambantota and Jaffna and Assistant High Commission in Kandy are also recruited locally. They come from diverse social, linguistic and cultural backgrounds, reflecting pluralistic nature of both India and Sri Lanka.