First Labour Museum to open in Narahenpita
Sri Lanka's first Labour Museum, `Urumayaka Piyasatahan' (Footsteps
of a heritage) will be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the
invitation of Labour Relations and Manpower Minister Athauda Seneviratne
at the Labour Secretariat, Narahenpita on December 1 at 10.30 a.m.
President Rajapaksa will also lay the foundation stone for the
30-storey new Employees Provident Fund Building, `Mehewara Piyasa' at
Labour Ministry Secretary Mahinda Madihahewa told the Sunday Observer
that the main objective of opening such a museum is to educate the
country's present and future generations about the progress achieved by
the Labour Department during the past 87 years.
The Department was earlier called the Indian Labour Industry and
Commerce and was established in 1923, while the Labour Ministry was
established in 1931.
It is said that the Labour Department was established with the
objective of solving employment matters related to Indian labour.
Madihahewa said from 1931 to date, 25 Labour Ministers, 19 Labour
Commissioner Generals and Permanent Secretaries have served in the
Labour Ministry. The photographs and details of all these ministers and
officials are on display at the museum.
Senior official of the Labour Ministry Sarath Kalugamage said
photographs and details of the country's first estate sector trade union
member Govindas and the first public sector trade union member Kandasamy
are also displayed at the museum.