Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has commended the work carried out by Sri Lankan Missions in the Middle-East (ME) for the support they have extended by expediting claims for compensation for Sri Lankans who have died while being employed overseas.
The Minister made this comment when he addressed a simple ceremony held at the Ministry yesterday to hand over cheques for compensation to a batch of next of kin of Sri Lankans who have died in accidents or injuries suffered during their employment in the Middle-East.
Speaking further at the function Minister Bogollagama said “today's event signifies the Foreign Policy adopted by the Foreign Ministry and the Missions abroad".
He commended the Deputy Minister, Hussein A. Bhaila for the guidance provided to the Consular Division of the Foreign Ministry which had been coordinating with Sri Lankan Missions in the Middle-East to obtain the claims for compensation, death dues, end of service benefits, insurance and other dues of Sri Lankans who have died abroad. So far, it has been possible to disburse a record sum of almost Rs. 148 million to the families of the deceased Sri Lankans since 2007.