Over 4,000 CEB employees to be made permanent - Minister Pavithra
Arrangements are in place to provide permanency for over 4,000
employees in the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) through manpower
agencies, Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.
Addressing a press briefing at the ministry premises, the minister
said employees who have completed required qualifications for the
government service, will be absorbed into the permanent cadre of the CEB
with effect from December 1. Minister Wanniarachchi said: "The CEB had
been obtaining the services of manpower agencies for several years.
These people who serve under these agencies have been agitating for a
long period requesting the government to provide them with redress due
to severe problems they were undergoing." "We have now taken a policy
decision to make over 4,000 employees permanent as we have finished the
qualification tests held at Provincial level for these employees who
have been recruited via manpower agencies," she said.
"We took this decision before announcing the Presidential election.
But we have to solve some practical matters related to this before
putting that decision into action," the minister said. Permanent
appointment letters will be distributed on December 26 for these
employees under special permission from the Election Commissioner with
the supervision of Power and Energy Minister Secretary M.M.C. Ferdinando.
"This is not carried out to promote President Mahinda Rajapaksa or
the government. This is only a progressive policy decision taken
according to the Budget 2015," she said.
Power and Energy Ministry Secretary Ferdinando said all these
employees absorbed to the permanent cadre of the CEB have completed all
qualifications essential for their positions. The Power and Energy
Ministry along with the CEB are now discussing for an alternative way to
ensure job security of those who do not have enough qualifications to be
recruited to the government service, he added. CEB Chairman W.B.
Ganegala was also present.