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Sri Lanka’s CEB hires 5,900 staff, mostly from Kegalle: Minister

ECONOMYEXT  – Sri Lanka’s state-run Ceylon Electricity Board had hired about 5,900 staff during the past four years mostly from the Kegalle district taking the total to 26,800, power minister Ravi Karunayake said.

Sri Lanka’s state-owned enterprises have been used as ‘job factories’ with the burden falling on the people who pay taxes to make up for losses, or higher prices for the output if it is a monopoly.

The CEB has a monopoly on the power sector, with an affiliate distributing electricity in some areas.

CEB’s meter readers who can earn about 125,000 rupees a month by working half a day (they stop reading metres around lunch time) who were due to get an increment of up to 150,000, last year struck work demanding higher pay of around 234,000 rupees. (Sri Lanka’s meter readers show how to use unionized power).

Minister Karunayake said during 51 -day of a so-called ‘coup’ or political crisis, when current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed Prime Minister, 433 people had been hired.

"We do not know on what basis they were hired," Karunayake said.

Karunanayake said a report on which regions the new staff had been hired will be provided during a forthcoming vote on the ministry. (Colombo/Mar18/2019-SB)

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