'Houses, water and electricity for plantation sector families'
'People from the plantation areas are already enjoying the fruits of
the government's development programmes. They will be soon provided with
houses, water supply and electricity. Infrastructure for this purpose is
now being built, said Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa
He also stated that the government had given priority to uplift the
educational level of all schools in these areas by appointing graduates
from the plantation sector to the tutorial staff.
Minister Rajapaksa was addressing a meeting held at Hatton on Friday
(April 20), to welcome the visiting Indian Opposition Parliamentary
delegation led by Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj.
A large gathering was present at the event held at the DKW Hall,
presided by Ceylon Workers Congress leader and Minister of Livestock
Resources and Rural Community Development Arugmugam Thondaman.
At Dikoya, CWC chairman and Economic Development Deputy Minister
Muthtu Sivalingam and other Congress members welcomed the Indian
Parliamentary delegation when it arrived at the Darawala playground.
Later, they went on an observation tour of the Darawala and Wanaraja
plantation housing complexes. Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and Dullas
Alahapperuma and other invitees too participated in the event.
Speaking further, Minister Rajapaksa said that India's assistance to
Sri Lanka for building infrastructure in the plantation sector to
provide the people with health, education and housing facilities, had
been a great strength to the Sri Lankan Government.
The Minister added that the government had already taken steps to
improve livestock resources and promote rural community development in
He observed that the Indian delegation had honoured the people of
Indian origin in the plantation sector by visiting them.
He told the visitors that the people had been living as one family
with the rest of the Sri Lankans for centuries. According to Minister
Rajapaksa, steps have been taken to provide jobs for the graduates in
the plantation sector and also provide vocational training to young
people in the plantations.
He attributed this to the major transformation taking place in these
areas under the Divi Neguma and Gama Neguma programmes.
Minister Arumugam Thondaman, Indian Opposition Leader Sushma Swaraj
and Deputy Minister Muthtu Sivalingam also addressed those present,
according to a media release.