Normally, one member is appointed on official capacity, but this time two have been appointed.
They are Sri Lanka Tea Board chairman Rohan Pethiyagoda, a relative of plantation industries minister Navin Dissanayake, and tea commissioner E.A.J.K. Edirisinghe.
As per the relevant act, the director board should have two trade union representatives, but that has not been done.
Previously, a member was paid Rs. 4,000 for attending a board meeting.
After Dissanayake took over the ministry, he raised the payment to Rs. 6,000 and added a transport allowance of Rs. 8,000.
Tea smallholders are reluctant to attend the board meetings as Dissanayake has appointed persons having no subject knowledge, such as Ayurvedic doctors.
At most, around eight members are present at the meetings.
Industry experts say Dissanayake is following the footsteps of the Rajapaksas who were known to be wastrels during their rule.