Uva PC polls:
Clear mandate for UPFA ,CWC
The plantation community has given a clear mandate to the ruling UPFA
and its ally, the CWC, at the recently-held Uva PC polls and to all
development plans, including the 10 year National Plan of Action Plan at
a cost of Rs. 10 billion per year. These would be implemented for the
social and economic development of the community, said CWC President and
Deputy Minister of National Building and Estate Infrastructure
Development Muthu Sivalingam.
Tamil political parties that contested in alliance with the
Opposition UNP and those who broke away from the CWC to form their own
political parties were defeated in the polls, implying that the
plantation people have endorsed the development programs that are being
implemented by the Government in alliance with the CWC for their
welfare, he said.
More projects and plans to fully integrate the community into the
mainstream and raise their socio-economic conditions to be on par with
other communities are in the pipeline - under the Millennium Development
Goals and the Mahinda Chintana.
The problems being faced by the plantation communities with regard to
health, education, unemployment, sanitation and infrastructure would be
adequately addressed under these programs, the Deputy Minister said.
The CWC, together with the Lanka Jathika Estate Workers' Union (LJEWU)
and the Joint Plantation Trade Union Centre (JPTUC) would continue to
hold discussions with representatives of Regional Plantation Companies
to get a reasonable wage increase under a new Collective Agreement, he