Deceased expat workers’ families get compensation
The Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry, in a ceremony, handed over letters of compensation to the families that lost their loved ones who were employed as migrant workers, in line with the International Domestic Workers Day as well as the International Day of Family Remittances held on 16 June.
Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, together with Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Director General of Consular Affairs Division Wishwanath Aponsu, Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration Dash Sarat, and Country Director of the International Labour Organization Simrin Singh handed over the letters of compensation amounting to Rs 30 million to the family members of deceased migrant workers overseas, received from their respective employers abroad through Sri Lanka Missions abroad.
During the ceremony, Minister Gunawardena mentioned the activities carried out by the Ministry to ensure the safety and welfare of Sri Lankans working overseas. Further, addressing the families of the deceased, Minister Gunawardena said although the loss of a person’s life is irreparable, compensation payments on behalf of the deceased workers would bring some kind of relief to the affected family members.
The Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry was able to secure the compensation, salary dues, and other redresses with the assistance of Sri Lankan Missions in the Middle East. These payments were a result of initiatives and constant follow-up action pursued by the relevant Sri Lankan Missions liaising with the respective authorities of the specific country. (SRM)