Dilan visits labour camps

13 May 2011 04:30 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Dilan Perera made a surprise visit to labour camps in Qatar to check the living conditions of the Sri Lankan workers. The Minister in currently visiting Qatar to attend the Doha Forum.

Dilan Perera, Sri Lanka’s Minister for Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare, is actually responsible for the wellbeing of overseas Sri Lankan workers.

A vast majority of the Sri Lankan workforce in Qatar is low-income and concentrated in the unorganised construction sector. Many work in cleaning companies. Rough estimates put the number of Sri Lankan workers in Qatar at around 100,000.

The purpose of Perera’s impromptu visit to the labor lodgings was to see first-hand how his low-income compatriots worked and lived. It is learnt that the minister found some labour camps in a bad state although he was satisfied with facilities in a majority of them. He didn’t like two labour lodgings and asked embassy officials to take up the issue with authorities. (The Peninsula)

  Comments - 8

  • Darwin Friday, 13 May 2011 05:04 AM

    Will find them much better that the living standards of workers in Sri Lanka. Waste of time and money.

    Wimal_Modawansa Friday, 13 May 2011 05:06 AM

    Looking for alternate employment??

    Kan Friday, 13 May 2011 05:16 AM

    Now let us know what did you find? What are their grievances?Is their living standard better than Sri Lanka? Are they paid more than what they could earn in Sri Lanka? etc.

    asoka Friday, 13 May 2011 05:15 AM

    go to "Sanaiyha" in the indusrtial area and see...

    Honey Friday, 13 May 2011 05:21 AM

    Its a pleasure visit...nothing will happen..these are jokes only..people are suffering there paying government insurance etc in sri lanka.. If anything happen to employees, governement will do? nothing....Even to get insurance money back for affected employees, its not easy ..needs 1000 of unwanted things? ...

    malkanthi Friday, 13 May 2011 05:52 AM

    possibly, more than living condition, foreign revenue matters.

    A Sri Lankan Friday, 13 May 2011 05:43 AM

    I hope the minister will visit the souk today and listen to a few sri lankans.

    Kapila Friday, 13 May 2011 06:33 AM

    Why the sudden interest DP?.

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