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Gotabaya takes a tough line on government jobs

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is urging Ministers and Members of Parliament from his party to grant jobs that do not require higher qualifications to members of poor families living in the vicinity of the institutions that have these vacancies.

Speaking after appointing a 15-Member Cabinet headed by his older brother Mahinda, the President said that this measure would “help lift these people from poverty.”

“Otherwise the Ministers will give all the jobs to people with higher qualifications from their own electorates,” he said. “Those people have a tendency not to do the required tasks,” he added.

The President also said that he requires the Ministers to refer any appointments they want to make as Chairmen and Board members of Statutory Bodies and State-Owned Enterprises to a screening panel established at the Presidential Secretariat.

“We want experienced and qualified people to head these organisations,” the President said.

He pointed out that many of these SEOs were loss-making enterprises.  “We want them turned around so that they can become contributors to the economy, not loss-making burdens to the Treasury,” he added.

He went on to say that it was a difficult task to select just 15 out of the MPs to the interim government and that State Ministers will be appointed on Monday.

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