Dec 30, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to hold annual qualifying examinations to fill the vacancies in the public service and plans to recruit another 15,000 graduates to the public service, the President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.
The President revealed this at a function held at the Temple Trees Friday (30) to welcome 296 new recruits to the Government Administrative Service.
Addressing the new recruits, the President has requested them to provide an honorable public service to the people regardless of their race, religion or political ideologies.
He has noted that the government has considerably increased the strength of the public service from 700,000 to 1.3 million.
The President has pointed out that the government has resisted external pressures to privatize some institutions and even reacquired the state institutions that were privatized in the past and converted them to profitable institutions making the public service stable.
Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs W.D.J. Seneviratne has said that there is a need to form a cadre of public servants free of malpractices and corruption.
The Minister has said that the public servant should be capable to handle matters in all three languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English, and be prepared to serve in any parts of the country.
The Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Deputy Minister, Wijaya Dahanayaka, Ministry Secretary, P.B. Amarakoon and the Government Agents also attended the welcome ceremony.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)