SLBFE branch offices in Jaffna, Vavuniya
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment will set up branch offices
in Jaffna and Vavuniya on President Mahinda Rajapaksa's directive,
Social Services and Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda said.
These offices will be made use of for awareness raising and help
foreign job seekers, migratory workers and public, in addition to their
routine service, the Minister said at a ceremony at his Ministry,
Colombo 5 to receive 245 bicycles gifted by the Sri Lanka Bureau of
Foreign Employment for distribution among the resettled. Cases of
harassment of migratory workers at the hands of touts are on the
increase, he said.
The setting up of Foreign Employment Bureau offices will save
Northern migratory workers from unscrupulous touts, the Minister added.
The bicycles have been purchased from proceeds of the Hands of
Brotherhood Extended to the North Fund established at the Sri Lanka
Bureau of Foreign Employment with assistance of the migratory workers to
help those rescued from the LTTE. Rs. 2.1 million has been spent to
purchase these bicycles that will be distributed among those who have
The bicycles are fitted with special luggage carriers to assist those
engaged in self-employment ventures. Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign
Employment Chairman Kinsley Ranavaka said migratory workers helped the
displaced from the North consequent to the humanitarian operation and
the fund Hands of Brotherhood Extended to the North, was launched at the
Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment with their financial assistance.
Through this fund assistance had been granted to the displaced in
earlier occasions. Monies received to this Fund will be utilized for the
welfare of the war displaced in the North, Ranavaka added.