Jan 30, 2022

Present farmers compensation Bill in Parliament - Sajith

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa yesterday (29) demanded the government to present the Farmers Compensation Bill in Parliament immediately and not to fool the farmers further.

Presenting his party’s manifesto for farmers, the Leader of the Opposition said the government which banned fertilizer imports and plunged the farmers into a catastrophe, has now taken action to import rice from China and India when those farmers are preparing to harvest after cultivating under so many difficulties. 

The Opposition Leader stressed that compensation should be paid immediately to farmers who are in dire straits and that the proposal for that purpose should be presented to Parliament soon. 

He also said that Samagi Jana Balawegaya will unconditionally extend its full support in Parliament to allocate the necessary funds to pay compensation to farmers. 

The Leader of the Opposition said that it should not be a trivial compensation and that compensation to be given to farmers should be proportionate to the losses incurred. 

The occasion of presenting to the country the "Samagi Agrarian Declaration" which includes the vision, policy and program of Samagi Jana Balawegaya regarding the future of agriculture was held on Friday (29) in front of the Parakrama Samudraya in Polonnaruwa under the leadership of the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa.