Aug 17, Colombo: The New Village Development Authority under the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing will launch an online medical treatment and counseling service for the estate community.
The new service will be launched on September 1, centering on Idalgashinna Watta Badulla, the Minister of Urban Development and Housing Prasanna Ranatunga said.
Minister Ranatunga made this disclosure chairing a discussion with the officials of the Estate Housing Division Tuesday (16) at the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing in Sethsiripaya, Battaramulla.
The Soumyamurthy Thondaman Memorial Foundation, the Plantation Human Development Trust, and the New Village Development Authority are functioning under the Estate Housing Division of the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing.
The plantation community represents about 5% of the total population of Sri Lanka. The community lives in the Central, Uva, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces of the country and in the plantation areas of Kalutara district.
The medical treatment service project implemented on the advice of Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has been named as O-DOC.
It costs 100 rupees per month for one family and the service can be availed for all members of the family. Under this, the services of more than 150 doctors are available 24 hours a day.
The Minister gave instructions to the officials to implement this medical treatment service for the people in other plantation areas of the island as well in the future.
Commenting at the occasion, Minister Ranatunga said the government has paid special attention to the development of the livelihood of the estate people.
“We hope to start some special programs for that in the future. No matter how much economic difficulties there are, the government is committed to the welfare of the plantation people. Priority is given to increase their housing, water, health, education and other facilities. Also, it is expected that special attention will be paid to meet the needs of the people related to estates in the face of the current economic crisis through the interim budget to be presented," the Minister said.