22 February 2016
Tamil youth living in plantations of Sri Lanka are increasingly moving out of the estate sector. The youth belong to the ethnic group called Indian Tamils or Tamils of recent Indian origin.
The estate sector consists of state-owned plantations which comprise over 1,70,000 hectares, most of which is devoted to tea and rubber cultivation. The plantations were originally set up by British colonists in the central parts of Sri Lanka. Between the middle of 19 century and the early 20 century, mostly people from Tamil Nadu were brought in to work in the estate sector.