|Thursday, 24 January 2002|
by Ananda Kannangara
A group of female casual employees working as general clerks in the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP), Keppettipola Mawatha made a common plea to Interior Minister John Amaratunga last week and requested him to make their jobs permanent. The incident took place when the Minister visited the Department last Thursday to overlook the progress of various divisions.
It is reported that nearly 110 male and females are employed as casual employees in the DRP at present.
According to these employees the appointments were made four years ago on casual basis, promising they would be placed on the permanent cadre after a few years.
An employee told the Minister that presently they are paid a mere Rs. 110 per day and that it was even insufficient for their monthly food and lodging.
When contacted, a senior Department official said that unless the cadre is increased these cannot be filled.
He also said that the matter had been informed to the Treasury and not been approved as yet.
However Minister Amaratunga said that he would personally look into this matter and bring a relief to these affected workers after consulting with higher officials.
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