‘Plantation community’s livelihoods should be enhanced’
It is necessary to uplift the livelihoods of the plantation community
to enhance the productivity of the plantation sector, said Norwegian
Ambassador Hilde Haraldstad participating as the Chief Guest at the
annual general meeting of the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT)
held recently at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.
Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) is doing a great service
for the betterment of the plantation community by enhancing social
welfare facilities, said the ambassador.
“Norway and the Netherlands have been the main donors since 1980s, to
support programmes for welfare of the plantation community.” she said.
The ambassador also said that the Norwegian government provides
assistance to enhance the livelihoods of the plantation community.
Financial contribution of the Norwegian government for this purpose has
topped Rs. 800 million during the eight year period from 1998-2006.
“I am pleased to note that Norway's support has produced good results
to the industry by supporting workers mainly for the improvement of
their health, housing and water sanitation facilities.”
The PHDT awarded scholarships to six children of plantation workers,
who successful in gaining university entrance at the AGM.
Awards were also given to ‘the Best Estate’, ‘Best estate for housing
and settlement’, ‘Best estate for worker housing cooperative society’,
‘Best child development centre and ‘Best PHDT regional office'.
Management representatives of the 25 Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs),
Secretaries of ministries, trade union leaders, plantation and workers