Empowering the Hill Country Community: Uniting Sri Lanka for Inclusive Progress



“Achieving Socio-Economic Parity: Nurturing a Flourishing Hill Country Community” 

Thrust Areas

  • Plantation Housing Development
  • Social Infrastructure Development
  • Economic Infrastructure Development
  • Livelihood Improvement


Main Functions of the Ministry

  • Establishment of new villages / townships, providing houses and infrastructure facilities for the betterment of the landless people who occupied in row line rooms and working at state and private plantation companies.
  • Implementation of projects which enhance livelihood and employment opportunities to empower the estate plantation communities.
  • Providing basic facilities and other requirements to uplift the estate community economically, socially and culturally.
  • Development of Infrastructure facilities in the rural plantation sector.


Functions Gazetted under Extraordinary Gazette No 2289/43 on July 22, 2022 are as follows;

  • Formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects, in relation to the subjects of water supply, Estate Infrastructure Development and all subjects that come under the purview of Departments, Statutory Statutory Institutions and Public Corporations listed in Column II based on the national policies implemented by the government.
  • Provision of public services under the purview of the Ministry in an efficient and people friendly manner.
  • Reforming all systems and procedures using modern management techniques and technology, thus ensuring that the functions of the Ministry are fulfilled while eliminating corruption and waste.
  • Taking necessary measures to provide clean drinking water to all citizens.
  • Inspect water supply services, drainage systems and sanitary facilities, formulate and implement new plans for them and maintain.
  • Improvement of water security and urban water supply schemes by coordinating rural tanks and reservoirs and irrigation systems.
  • Prevention of wastage of water in drinking water distribution.
  • Taking measures to carry out community water supply projects in an efficient and proper manner.
  • Maintenance and improvement of water supply projects to ensure the supply of safe drinking water for the rural population.
  • Stabilizing the drinking water supply in rural areas, developing reservoirs and feeder canals and conserving water.
  • Acceleration of water distribution projects associated with water supply projects implemented at rural and regional levels by the national irrigation system.
  • Creation of new villages and townships aimed at developing housing and infrastructure for landless employed in government and privately owned plantation companies.
  • Adopting necessary measures for the provision of basic facilities, livelihood generation and community development projects including other requirements for empowerment of plantation community economically, socially and culturally.
  • Development of basic infrastructure in rural estate sector.
  • Establishing “People-Centric Boards and People-Centric Centers” giving pride of place to estate sector related community leadership and community participation.
  • Implement a special programme to ensure primary education and healthcare for children in estate communities.
  • Matters relating to all other subjects assigned to Institutions listed in Column II in Extraordinary Gazette No 2289/43 on July 22, 2022
  • Supervision of the Institutions listed in Column II in Extraordinary Gazette No 2289/43 on July 22, 2022