Project to provide financial assistance to the families of Janawasama estates to commence in April 2022
Fri, Dec 17, 2021, 10:20 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Dec 17, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture Mahindananda Aluthgamage stated that the project to provide financial assistance to the families working on all estates belonging to the Janatha Estate Development Board to build a house will commence by next April.
The Minister said that the Janawasama which had incurred a loss of Rs. 757 million during the period of good governance has now been made profitable and steps will be taken to improve the lives of the working families living in the Janawasama estates before next April.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting held at his Nawalapitiya office to provide Rs. 4 million, Rs. 50,000 each to 79 registered Hindu temples in the Janawasama estates in the Kandy District.
Janawasama Chairman Buwaneka Abeysuriya and a number of senior Janawasama officials also attended the meeting.
“During the period of good governance, 100,000 kilos of tea leaves were harvested daily in the Janawasama estates. At that time a kilo was sold for only 65 rupees. When we took over the Janawasama, tenders were called to sell tea leaves. Accordingly, a kilo of tea leaves now gets Rs. 90. Accordingly, Rs. 3 million a day has been swindled from tea leaves alone during good governance. Estate lands and estate bungalows had been given to political allies. I have canceled all those fraudulent transactions and now I am working transparently to make the community profitable,” he said.
The Minister also stated that steps will be taken to expedite the construction of houses that are under construction in Janawasama estates, using funds from the National Housing Development Authority and other sources.
Speaking at the event Janawasama Chairman Buwaneka Abeysuriya said although the estate salaries have been paid from the funds from General Treasury up to 2020. Janawasama has been able to pay their salaries from the Janawasama income from 2020 up to now.
He also said that the Janawasama was the first to implement the government’s decision to pay a daily wage of Rs. 1000 to plantation workers.
Mr. Abeysuriya pointed out that all the estates in Janawasama are working towards profitability by taking steps to prevent all the corruption that has taken place in the estates so far and by identifying and activating additional sources of income in addition to tea in the estates.