More powers for GNs


By Franklin R. Satyapalan

Grama Niladharis will be empowered to monitor development activities and curb anti-social and criminal activities in their areas, with the support of the Police, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W. D. J. Seneviratne says.

He said that it would be mandatory for all Grama Niladharis to remain in their offices up to 11.00 am five days a week, except on Wednesdays, when they have to report to the AGA’s Office and Sunday would be their day off.

Disciplinary action would be taken against the Grama Niladharis who flouted the government directive, the Minister said.

"These decisions have been taken in keeping with the vision and commitment of the Mahinda Chinthanaya to accelerate the development of the country. The Grama Niladharis found efficient would be recognised by way of promotions to higher grades," Seneviratne said.

He said the educational qualification for future recruits would be passing the GCE Advanced Level examination.

Currently, there are 14,020 Grama Sevaka Niladharis in the country.

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