The Minister of Cultural Affairs undertook a visit to Dambana to look into the problems confronted by the Veddah community.
On arrival Minister T.B. Eknayake was greeted by the Veddah Chief Uruwrige Wannila-ettho. They broached at length the issues experienced by the Veddah community. Veddah leaders of several surrounding areas were also present at this meeting. Dry rations were dished out to 360 families. Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagamage, Provincial Minister Anura Viadanagamage and several officials were present.