Legal Indian

Jan 26 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will repeal an ancient law governing Indian immigrant labour while also changing laws dealing with industrial disputes, the government said Thursday. Jan 26 (LBO) – Sri Lanka will repeal an ancient law governing Indian immigrant labour while also changing laws dealing with industrial disputes, the government said Thursday.

“A Cabinet paper was submitted to repeal the Indian Immigrant Labour Ordinance, which was set up with the objective of regulating the inflow of Indian labour,” Cabinet spokesman Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told reporters on Thursday.

The Indian Immigrant law dating back to 1923 upholds rights of unskilled Indian labourers, who work mainly on Sri Lanka’s tea plantations.

The law provides for a Commissioner for Immigrant Labour, an Immigration Fund and also looks at recruitment, wages and contracts for Indian immigrants.

But the influx of labour from South India stopped in the early 1980’s. Workers of Indian origin have since been given Sri Lankan citizenship, making the law obsolete.

“We can say that the law is in disuse, because according to the Act, a labourer is defined as an ‘Indian coolie’, but now that they