'State plantations doing well - reducing losses'
Responding to allegations by the Ceylon Planters' Society regarding
the four government controlled plantations JEDB, Elkaduwa Plantations,
Kurunegala Plantations and NLDB, Chairman, Elkaduwa Plantations Sanjeewa
Leelaratne told the Sunday Observer that these plantations function
For instance, Elkaduwa Plantations has recorded a loss of Rs. 12
million, compared to Rs. 56 million in 2005. Minister of Plantations
Milroy Fernando said that after he took over in 2005, he reduced the
annual loss in the plantation sector. He said the plantation sector does
not depend on funds from the Treasury.
The Minister said if the distribution of fertiliser has not been done
properly they would not have been able to reduce the annual loss.
The Minister said when he took over the industry in 2005 there was a
backlog in the payments of EPF, ETF and Gratuity. But these payments are
now being made.
The Minister also said some Superintendents have got together and are
trying to mislead the society by providing false information. He also
said that salary revisions which were given in 2005 budget for
superintendents will be paid shortly.
The Minister said that according to the circular issued by the Public
Administration Ministry with regard to the age limit of retirement, a
government servant can only serve up to 55 years.
The allegations were highlighted at a media conference on August 14
by the Ceylon Planters Society and the subjects brought up were
mismanagement in the Elkaduwa Plantations, salary revisions for
superintendents, EPF, ETF, Gratuity delays of the workers during the
past few years, retirement age of the superintendents and lack of
The Minister said a conference will be held on Wednesday, August 22
to provide correct information in this regard.