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Sri Lanka to create 100,000-strong task force to develop country: minister

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has decided to create a 100,000-strong ‘multi-purpose task force’ to develop the country, Minister Ramesh Pathirana said.

The multi-purpose task force will be made up of those who had passed ordinary level exam and are from low income families in all districts, the cabinet of ministers had decided.

A separate department will be created for the multi-purpose development task force of mainly unskilled workers.

The task force will be give a 6-month training and be distributed among government departments, affiliated agencies and also the private sector, Minister Pathirana said.

Minister Dulles Alahapperuma said the last administration did not expand the state workforce and there were many unfilled vacancies in the government.

He said based on retirees and vacancies the state can absorb the workforce.

Sri Lanka has about 1.41 million state workers, already, maintained by taxes of productive workers.

In the first four months of 2019, 49 cents out of every tax rupee collected from the general public went to pay salaries and pensions of state workers, not counting tax free vehicles, interest subsidies and medical insurance given to them.

Unlike authorities and boards, whose members get employees provident fund after contribution, department employees are given lifetime pensions from tax payers. (Colombo/Dec12/2019

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