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NSB staff/office assistant recruitment highly irregular – COPE

Since 2008, the National Savings Bank (NSB) under successive administrations has been recruiting staff assistants and office assistants off of a list of names maintained by the private secretary of the Minister of Finance, circumventing standard procedure.

It was revealed before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) today that the positions had been filled without calling for applications through advertising or holding written examinations for candidates.

Since 2008, a total of 2066 staff assistants and 563 office assistants – some 48.6% of all NSB staff – have been recruited this way.

In today’s session, COPE, headed by MP Sunil Handunnetti and comprising MPs Dr. Harsha de Silva, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dayasiri Jayasekara and Jayantha Samaraweera, held that the NSB recruitment drive was highly irregular compared to other state banks.

The Committee recommended that this system of recruitment be immediately abolished and a better method adopted in its place.

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