Graduates are a national resource - Minister
The government considers a graduate as a national resource and a
wealth, which can be utilised for the betterment for the country, Health
Minister Mithripala Sirisena said.
"Moreover, the government provided a large number of jobs for
graduates since it has clearly understands the value of a graduate who
is product of free education.
Minister Sirisena was addressing a gathering at the District
Secretariat Office in Polonnaruwa to hand over appointment letters to
237 unemployed graduates in the Polonnaruwa district.
"These graduates will be assigned for regional development activities
in the Polonnaruwa district.
The minister added that everyonereach the highest position in the
field he or she has choden. We have that courage and ability.
"I believe that we have endowed courage from great ancient kings,
such as, King Wijayabahu, Great Parakramabahu", the minister noted.
The minister said that he donated his monthly salary for fund in 1998
aiming to pay salaries for unemployed graduate who were teaching in
government school in the Dimbulagala Education Zone as volunteer
teachers. With the financial assistance of several people, these
volunteer teachers served in those schools for nearly two years until
they received permanent teaching appointments from this government.
He further said that when he is appointed as the minister of any
ministry, he first appoints an advisory committee comprising university
professors and lecturers. Such advisory committees were appointed for
the Agricultural Ministry and now for the Health Ministry. Once in every
four months, the advisory committee meets to discuss further
improvements and development plans .
"It is assumed that the Health Ministry employs the largest number of
graduates."I have been working with them in a friendly manner for two
years. As a son of a farmer family in Anuradhapura, I have the inborn
ability to work with anyone cordially. Dedication and devotion are a
must to achieve our goals. Nothing can be achieved without dedication or
devotion",the minister stressed.
Recalling the past, the minister said that he was in the government
service as a Grama Niladari and in politics for over 23 years.
He pointed out that he could neither be a Member of Parliament nor a
minister at once. He has to dedicate a lot to be a minister.
"I was born in a small house and came up the hard way. But I would
like to see the younger generation have a good future" minister Sirisena