The opposition says the government should be held responsible for all child deaths that occur in the country due to poverty.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Parliamentarian Mano Ganesan said owing to lack of income, the plantation workers are facing numerous issues.
He stressed that poverty is rife within plantation areas although it is also prevalent in other regions of Sri Lanka.
MP Ganesan said the government has failed to fulfil the pledges it made to plantation workers regarding an increase in daily wages.
He said although, the President, the Prime Minister, the Subject Minister and the Labour Minister promised to increase the daily wages of plantation workers to Rs.1,000, it has become a mere document on paper.
MP Mano Ganesan said the government has left the decision to company owners who are not voted in to office by the public.
He said the government which has been intervening to resolve the concerns of the farmers, fishermen, principals and teachers is unwilling to come forward and help the plantation workers.
MP Ganesan urged the government to support the planation workers instead of neglecting them for years.