Govt. committed to solve unemployment problem - Minister
THE Government is committed to solve the country's unemployment
problem by filling existing vacancies in the State sector and foreign
employment opportunities, said Minister of Rehabilitation and District
Development (Vanni) Rishad Bathiudeen.
He was addressing a group of young men who have completed a training
in several skilled categories, last week.
These youth who have been displaced from the Vanni, underwent skilled
courses of training in the fields of electrical wiring, plumbing and
pipe fitting and aluminium fabrication at CINEC Maritime Campus in
Malabe, which is a private institute engaged in providing training in
industrial, technical and engineering fields particularly in maritime
engineering for the past 15 years.
The entire cost of the training was borne by the Ministry of
Rehabilitation and District Development (Vanni).
The Minister Bathiudeen added that he would continue to fulfill his
election pledges given to the people. "It is one of the pledges that
youth be given foreign employment opportunities and it is in this
direction that these young men are trained in order to find suitable
overseas employment, he added.
Minister Bathiudeen reminded that the Government under the able
leadership of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, has
undertaken several projects in the affected areas of the Vanni for the
benefit of the internally displaced families.
He said that the President has given him the entire responsibility in
solving the problems of the Internally Displaced Muslim Families (IDMF)
in the Vanni, who are living under trying conditions in welfare centers
and camps mostly in the Puttalam District and other districts such as
Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Gampaha and Kalutara.
"A special Commissioner's Office will be set up in Puttalam to look
into the welfare of the IDMF for which the President had obtained
Cabinet approval". he added.
He said a special unit for rehabilitation under his ministry would be
set up for speedy rehabilitation activity.