Over 300,000 join Public Service
Recruitment not stopped, says Minister:
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has alleged that the
Government has stopped recruiting employees to the public sector, but
during the last United National Front (UNF) Government led by
Wickremesinghe three circulars preventing the recruitment of personnel
were issued by his Government, said State Revenue Minister and Financial
Planning Deputy Minister, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya at a press conference
He said the first circular No:14 directed to stop recruitment to
officer and minor grades in the public service.
Circular No:15 to stop recruitment of all grades of public servants
and most important was the third and fourth circulars No:16 and No:16-I
issued by the Wickremesinghe Government abolishing all vacancies in the
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government has not only
filled vacancies but also has created new posts to strengthen the public
service. These include 205,349 persons recruited up to 2009 and filling
of 99,711 vacancies that existed from 2004 to 2009. The total new
entrants within this period were 305,060, the Minister said.
He said the Government’s fiscal policies were also formulated with
long-term objectives in mind. For instance the debt percentage to Gross
National Product (GNP) in 2008 has been reduced to 81 percent, it was
105 percent in 2005.
The Government while fighting a war in the North and the East did not
neglect development schemes and started projects like Hambantota and
Oluvil ports, power supply schemes like Norochcholai and Upper Kotmale.
Improvements to Colombo and Galle ports were also started by this
Government, the Minister said.
Central Bank of Sri Lanka Assistant Governor P.N. Weerasinghe who was
also associated with the Minister said the country’s financial reserves
were sound and investments in foreign banks have been made by the
Central Bank. Therefore, our foreign currency reserves would increase
with the interests paid in foreign currency.
He said Lanka’s balance of payments position was also sound and if
there is an unfavourable balance of payment position that could arise at
any future day, we will be in a position to make payments from our
foreign reserves to normalise the balance of payment.
There is an increased demand for Treasury bonds and Treasury bills
and there are signs that foreign remittances during the current year
Our reserves could be developed to a higher level than before, he
Financial Policy Division Director General S.R. Atigala said the
economic growth rate recorded 1.8 percent in the first quarter while in
the second quarter we recorded a growth rate of 2.1 percent in 2009.
This was while most developed countries did not show any positive
economic growth due to the global economic downturn. He said though
there was a natural slow-down of the economy due to the global
recession, Government revenues and expenditure would come to a break
even point as revenue were gradually increasing in the current year.