Sri Lanka to count state workers in broad census

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will count workers of 28,000 state agencies and state enterprises on November 17, comprehensive census that seeks to get up-to-date information that cannot be found from payroll data, an official said,

Sri Lanka has an estimated 1.3 to 1.5 million state workers.

Director General of Sri Lanka’s statistics office A J Satharasinghe all permanent and casual workers will be covered. However contract workers from man power agencies, will not be covered.

The data will be collected before 11.30 am on November 17.  The census will also collect data on institutional assets.

The Department of Census will also collect data on a number of state companies. For this census some subsidiaries will not be included.

Permanent workers of foreign embassies will be included.

Members of Boards of Directors of state enterprises and board will not be included. Military and attached civilian staff will be counted.

The elected ruling class at various levels of local, provincial and central administrations will not be covered based on the standard criteria.

Each worker will be given a questionnaire on personal data, language proficiency, IT skills, asking for information on salary, leave, employment grade and appointment as well as limited information on chronic information.

Recent information suggested that one out of two over 60 persons had a chronic disease, Satharasinghe said.





The information was sought by the Ministry of Health to better develop policies to serve the public, he said.

State workers can log into for more information. (Colombo/Nov15/2016)

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