Play it right - Part II:
Foreign Ministry taking-up issues proactively
We may have short comings. One thing is that the
Ministry of External Affairs does not have many good people and
numbers in staff. All the seniors have retired, there has been no
proper succession for sometime and even the people who are there to
succeed are very young.
Socio - economic scene
Electric power challenges
The onset of the South West Monsoon, after a
delay of over a month, must have caused Power and Energy Minister
Champika Ranawaka much relief. On Monday, strong showers caused
reservoirs in the Kelani river hydro power complex to spill and
hydro storage rose by 30 GigaWatt hours (GWh) to 319 GWh.
‘Retirement is the beginning of a journey, not an end’
Human Resources Senior Minister, D. E. W.
Gunasekera, recently spoke about the social security system in Sri
Lanka. He said that the National Human Resources and Employment
policy is now under submission at the Cabinet of Ministers and many
issues on social protection and labour strategies have been
addressed. Speaking on the retirement benefit schemes, he said, “We
must reconsider the feasibility of establishing a pension scheme for
the workers in the formal private sector. The abortive private
sector pension fund needed a much more critical study, analysis and
assessment by professional actuaries.” He also highlighted the need
for a security scheme for informal sector.