Manusha blasts unsupportive officials!



Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment has alleged that despite the government having taken several decisions pertaining to the welfare of migrant workers, they are yet to be implemented.

Addressing a ceremony at the Ministry’s premises, Nanayakkara further alleged that several state officials did not support these decisions and instead created ‘obstacles’ against them being implemented.

“When we began implementing various proposals on behalf of migrant workers, we did not find any support, instead, we were faced with obstacles. We had to fight with certain officials in order to give some sort of relief to our migrant workers”, the Minister said.

Speaking on the recent duty-free housing loan approved to be given to migrant workers, Minister Nanayakkara revealed that although the Cabinet has approved the relevant move, and all necessary discussions have been held with the respective authorities at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and other banks, the officials of the Treasury and CBSL have not yet taken necessary measures for it.

Meanwhile, the minister further revealed that Cabinet approval was received 14 months ago to increase the duty relief given for migrant workers to purchase confectionaries at the airport, proportionate to the foreign exchange they’ve generated.

Despite the President issuing the relevant gazette, Customs officials failed to implement the proposal to serve immigrant workers, the minister charged.


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