Home / Business/ PM distributes Rs. 340 m compensation to flood-affected tea smallholders

PM distributes Rs. 340 m compensation to flood-affected tea smallholders

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 11 September 2017 01:34

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presided over a ceremony held Saturday at the Samanala grounds in Galle to hand over compensation of nearly Rs. 340 million to tea smallholders of the Galle District affected by the recent floods.

Tea smallholders were the most affected by the floods in May this year as many tea factories were destroyed. Seventeen tea factories have also been affected.

The Government has selected 5,500 tea smallholders for compensation and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe handed over the relief cheques ranging from Rs. 10,000-Rs. 500,000 to the tea small holders on Saturday.

The compensations was provided together with the Plantation Ministry under the ‘Vavili Saviya Gamin Gamata’ program.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister said the floods had caused massive destruction. Tea was the most affected crop while next in line was rubber.

He said that at the moment the Government was engaged in providing assistance to tea smallholders and it was decided to provide financial relief instead of fertiliser.

Earlier around Rs. 2.2 billion had been provided for fertiliser. Around 75-80% of this amount has been provided. The Premier further stated that he had informed the Finance Minister to issue the remaining amount.

He also said that the UNP, SLFP, SLMC, upcountry Tamil parties and Jathika Hela Urumaya had joined hands in order for them not to become a single entity forever. The aim is for the next generation not to inherit the country’s debt burden.

The Premier said that the people would say that the best thing was to work together until the next election. He also said that everyone must commit themselves to joint action to grant relief to the people. The Prime Minister requested the support of all in this endeavour.

Ministers Vajira Abeywardena, Chandima Weerakkody and Daya Gamage and Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijayalal de Silva were also present at this occasion.

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Tamil actor Kamal Haasan stars in new role as political leader

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Srinivasan Kamal Haasan is one of India’s foremost film actors. Known popularly as Kamal, the talented and versatile thespian has not only excelled as an actor onscreen, but has successfully engaged in other cinematic spheres too. The multi-faceted

Yameen’s economic offensive to counter political adversity ahead of presidential poll

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The embattled Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who is facing intense political opposition both in and out of the country, hopes to win the September, 2018 presidential election using a combination of political belligerence and a strong economic pr

In the end, there was nothing

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Much more than a storm in a tea cup! To a non-discerning person, it all seemed like the final battle of the counter revolution. President Sirisena was up in smoke trying to oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for no articulated reason. He asked

Shouldn’t Govt. prevent parliamentary system from decay and destruction?

Friday, 23 February 2018

The wrong people teach us the best lessons. As a clever nation, we had always used our ballot and chased the wrong people

Columnists More