India claims that a majority of Sri Lankans would be recruited for the proposed Emergency Ambulance Service aided by India.
An Indian government spokesperson stated that except for a few planning officers, they would not deploy any Indians for the relevant project.
The service was proposed to be established under the Hyderabad-based GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute in India.
The idea of starting an emergency ambulance service with Indian help was hatched as a result of the discussions held by Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi.
Accordingly, the service will be launched in the Western and Southern provinces.
88 ambulances and 600 Sri Lankan workers will be employed under the service, which will include the paramedical and supporting staff.
As per the agreement between India and Sri Lanka, the service will be offered free of charge to the citizens of Sri Lanka for a period of one year.
After a lapse of one year, the Sri Lankan government is to review the arrangement and make a decision on whether to provide the service for free in future.