Irrigation Minister laments over Moratuwa campus clashes


By Don Asoka Wijewardena    

Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday lamented that two groups in the Moratuwa University, the engineering undergraduates and those following the Diploma in Technology, were fighting at a time their services were badly needed by the country.  

The country was in need of the services of the two groups as the government had vacancies to be filled. The Mahaweli Authority and the Irrigation Department were looking for NDT qualified personnel, but they could not be found. Sri Lankan engineers were leaving the country not due to the non-availability of jobs, but as they badly paid. Some engineers go abroad with various motives, Minister de Silva said.

Speaking at the Recruitment of 150 engineers to the Central Advisory Bureau, the Minister pointed out that though Sri Lankan engineers were going abroad for better salaries, they did not have proper job satisfaction. They had to work as slaves and only save money. But money was not everything, he said.

He said that he had discussed, with Finance Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara, the possibility of increasing the salaries of the engineers in the public sector. But, when the salaries of engineers were increased, another group would raise objections, he said.

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