SL’s public servants ratio against total population 1:17 — WDJ

Surpassed many big nations


By Saman Indrajith

Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne told in Parliament yesterday that the ratio of public servants against total population was 1:17.

The minister participating in the third reading debate on budget 2015 under the expenditure heads of the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs said: "Sri Lanka is small in size but has surpassed many big nations in the sense of strength of public service. We have 1.4 million strong public sector employees. Of every 17 Sri Lankans, one is a public servant.

Minister Seneviratne said that developed nations such as Canada and Australia, public servants were less than one per cent of the employed population. "In Canada, for a population 35 million, there were only 278,092 public officials in 2012 and by 2013 while the population grew by about 300,000 the public service has shrunk to about 262,902."

He said there were only 152,000 public officials in Australia which has a population of around 20,000.

Minister Seneviratne said that the Government had recruited en masse persons to the state sector without any fear and 51,000 graduates were inducted into the service in the recent past. He said these recruits were now working in the Central Government as well as in provincial government offices.

He added that the government has invested heavily to develop the infrastructure of state institutions. In 2015, 76 district secretariats will be refurbished as part of this program, he added.

The Minister also disclosed that there are 543,552 pensioners in the country and the monthly pension costs the state   nearly Rs. 10 billion. Each month 2,500 new pensioners are added this number, he said.

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