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Letters of appointment for 24,000 graduates

by Jayasiri Munasinghe and Nimal Algewatta.

The graduates who underwent training under the first stage of the Government's Programme of giving employment to unemployed graduates received their letters of appointment at the respective districts including the North and East.

The first batch of unemployed graduates numbering 24,000 received their three months training prior to their receiving the letters of appointment.

Deputy Finance and Planning Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said that these recruitments were effected without any political bias. He further said that steps have been taken to complete issuing of letters of appointment to all the unemployed graduates who received training under two stages by February next year.

Out of the 41,000 graduates, the Government originally expected to absorb 10,000 to the teaching profession, but, in view of the demand for a larger amount of teachers in the estate and rural sectors, this amount was increased to 15,000.

The Deputy Minister opined that this may be the first time and probably the first country which had given such a large number of unemployed graduates jobs.

It is claimed that graduates in the North have expressed their delight over this move by the Government.

These graduates will fill vacancies in the fields of agriculture, health, transport, electricity, irrigation and small industries under the Government.

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