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Permanent appointments to graduates

2013 Jul 01

Unemployment rate decreased to 4.5 percent:

Ridma Dissanayake

The era when graduates suffered due to unemployment has come to an end as another step forward in achieving the Mahinda Chinthana future vision, Social Services Minister Felix Perera said.

At present, the unemployment rate in Sri Lanka has decreased to 4.5 percent under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the government has marked the end of privatization of government institutes, he added.

The minister was addressing a ceremony at Sethsiripaya to distribute permanent appointment letters to graduates recruited to the government service in the last year and completed a one year training period attached to the Social Service Ministry and the Social Service Department.

One hundred and sixty nine graduates received permanent appointments at the Social Services Ministry and the department as counselors and development officers.

This is the second batch of graduates who received permanent appointments at the Social Services Ministry and the department. This batch has graduates from 16 districts.

The Social Service Ministry is working with a mission to uplift the disadvantaged to make them partners in national development by providing a conducive environment and opportunities through policy initiatives in social welfare and social development, the minister said.

"This ministry helps employees engage in meritorious deeds while receiving a salary. Serving the helpless and making their lives brighter will also give us self satisfaction. We should all know how to make an attitudinal change in our selves to provide an efficient and friendly service to persons who need our help," Minister Perera said.

Social Services Deputy Minister Chandrasiri Sooriyarachchi, Ministry Secretary Emelda Sukumar, Social Services Department Director Anusha Gokula Fernando and heads of Social Services Ministry divisions were present.

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