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Travel allowance of Agriculture Research and Productions Assistance increased

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Agricultural Research and Production Assistants working under the Department of Agrarian Development were paid Rs. 400 as traveling allowance so far. The Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries Mr. Mahinda Amaraweera said that the traveling allowance was increased by 800 rupees as this amount is not sufficient at all.

Recently, there was a discussion in the Department of Agrarian Development regarding the problems of agricultural research and production assistants, where the minister informed about the increase in traveling allowance.

So far, the amount given to the Agricultural Research and Production Assistants as traveling allowance was insufficient. They were given two rupees per kilometer. Therefore, steps have been taken to increase the allowance to 1200 rupees.

There are currently 10,400 agricultural research and production assistants nationwide. An amount of 99 million rupees per year is required to provide this increased traveling allowance.

Minister of Agriculture and Plantation Industries Mr.Mahinda Amaraweera advised Commissioner General of Agrarian Development Mr. A.M.H. L. Abeyratne to take necessary steps to settle this amount without burdening the government.

Accordingly, the Director General announced that steps will be taken to provide an increased amount of Rs.800 covered from their department’s funds.

Commenting on this, the minister also emphasized that the government is providing all the relief in the midst of many crises. The Minister also mentioned that although the economy of the country has been able to free itself to a certain extent from where it had collapsed, the commitment of all public servants is necessary to maintain this situation further. Therefore, the Minister also said to continue to provide the support provided by the farmers in order to increase the food production in this country.

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