Evaluating the contribution of Upcountry Tamils to the Sri Lankan Economy

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Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe instructs Cabinet to conduct a series of events in February 2023 to commemorate 200-years since the arrival of upcountry Tamils to the country from India and their immense contribution to the country’s economy, which accounts for more than one-third of the income made by the plantation sector.

Sri Lanka government to implement special programs with the aim of improving living conditions of Sri Lankan Upcountry Tamils community as their contributing to the national economy in various ways has reached about 200 years.

The Upcountry Tamil people who migrated from India and live in central, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces have been contributing to the national economy in various ways for about 200 years. Their contribution is about 1/3 of the total income of the plantation sector. By February 2023, it will be 200 years since the arrival at first generations of the Up-Country Tamil community to Sri Lanka.

Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers agreed to the resolution made by The President to implement the identified programs with the aim of improving their living conditions of this community through the Ministry of Plantation and Other relevant Government Bodies.

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