Unemployed graduates want to discuss their problem with President, PM again

by Dasun Edirisinghe

Unemployed graduates who are performing Sathyagrahas at Colombo Fort, Matara and Kandy demanding jobs in the public sector have asked for a discussion with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to discuss their grievances again.

Convener of the Combined Association of Unemployed Graduates Dammika Munasinghe told The Island that they would send the official request letters to the government leaders today.

He said they had met Prime Minister Wickremesinghe last December and the latter had appointed a committee headed by State Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs Niroshan Perera to go into the matter. "There are thousands of vacancies in the public sector as there is no proper system to recruit graduates to the state sector after March 31, 2012," Munasinghe said, adding that examinations and interviews had been held to recruit graduates to the teachers service in several provinces few years back, but so far no one had been employed.

He said there were 3,500 vacancies in the Public Administration Ministry, 6,200 in the national schools, 2,200 in other ministries and 15,000 teacher vacancies in the schools under Provincial Councils.

"We brought these vacancies to the notice of the committee appointed by the PM but to no avail," Munasinghe said, noting that ministers had shirked their responsibilities. "They are passing the buck."

Munasinghe said his associated had conducted a protest march two weeks back but the protesters had been attacked by the police who prevented them from proceeding.

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