ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Feb 2012In February 2012, the government of Sri Lanka announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Economic Times: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-02-24/news/37270231_1_labour-shortage-arrival-visa-policy-work-visas
Sri Lanka National Agriculture News Portal: http://krishibhoomi.in/detailnews.aspx?Dept=SchemesPlans&SID=198
The Sunday Times: http://www.sundaytimes.lk/130224/news/indians-to-work-in-lankan-fields-34464.html
Jagran Post: http://post.jagran.com/sri-lanka-plans-to-grant-working-visa-to-indians-1361701956
IBN(CNN) Live: http://ibnlive.in.com/news/sri-lanka-plans-to-grant-working-visa-to-indians-due-to-labour-shortage-report/374840-3.html
On 24 February 2012, the Agriculture Minister, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, asserted (due to a shortage of workers) that Indian citizens should be granted a seasonal working visa in order to harvest paddy in the north-east of the country.
Major local and international newspapers have reported on this announcement.