Akashi urged to help up-country Tamils

  • 16 Jun 2007 09:12:25 GMT

    Is begging SL`s favorite past-time?

  • 17 Jun 2007 15:48:20 GMT

    I am with plantation Tamil. Some live very sad life and we need to help them.

    [The plantation Tamil community comprises 7.4% of the Sri Lankan population and the UPF represents the aspirations of our people and we work tirelessly towards upliftment and betterment of the community as well as for inter-ethnic harmony, cohesion and national integration and also for the restoration and protection of the legitimate rights of all Sri Lankans.]

    At least up country Tamils try to live with us peacefully comparison to LTTE and their helpers.

  • 17 Jun 2007 16:28:21 GMT

    Plantation workers every where in the world are a poor community. Conditions of workers in Tea plantation in Sri Lanka are better than in India, though it does not mean that something need not to be done to up lift their socio economic standards.

    The author of this article failed to say that today ,Plantation workers are citizen`s of Sri Lanka and since 1983 , for 25 years there had not been ethnic violence towards them even in the middle of a 25 year war with LTTE who claims to be the sole representatives of the Tamil of Sri Lanka.

    The author also failed to say that Tamils of Sri Lanka collaborated with Singhalese in disenfranchising them after independence and never considered giving them equal social status with rest of the Tamils of Sri Lanka.

    Did this author mention that not a single Jaffna Tamil wanted to teach the kids of the poor Tamil plantation workers? Does he acknowledge that GOSL has to bring teachers from South India even today to teach those kids?

    The question of poor socio economic status of the Plantation workers is not unique to Sri lanka nor it is a consequence of Singhalese Chauvinism. It is a consequence of Capitalist mode of production exploiting these workers. In order to improve the standard of living of these workers, wages need to be raised, then the Capitalists cannot make profits competing in the world market. If the present generation of plantation workers` standard of living improves even a little bit more, then their children will get better education and not join the industry as hourly paid laborers. That will deprive a work force to be exploited in this 300 year old industry the British introduced to our country. So obviously the capitalists want to keep them poor.

    It is the time that the country invest in inventing mechanized devices for Tea plucking maintaining the quality of the Tea produced. That will reduce the labour force with more skills and better paid. The Children of the plantation industry then have an opportunity to either join the industry which offer higher wages or engaged in different professions what their level of education offerers as the rest of the country.

  • 17 Jun 2007 16:33:09 GMT

    Mr. Brown,

    where is this br- br- coming from. LTTE had infiltrated this web site with a virus.

  • 17 Jun 2007 19:40:18 GMT

    One way to help the poor plantation workers is to raise their wages,by increasing the demand for Ceylon tea,by everyone drinking more tea grown in SL.Perhaps we may not need any kind of aid,should we all work towads a better country.