NSB recruited 1,707 as Staff and Office Assistants - COPE | Daily News


NSB recruited 1,707 as Staff and Office Assistants - COPE

It was revealed before the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) yesterday that 1,707 persons had been recruited to the posts of Staff Assistant and Office Assistant of the National Savings Bank (NSB) on the basis of lists sent to the bank by the Private Secretary of the Minister of Finance.

Of them 104 persons in 2017, 36 in 2018 and 250 in 2019 have been given letters of appointment, it was revealed as well.

The committee met at the Parliamentary Complex with its chairman JVP MP Sunil Handunnetti presiding and MPs Dr.Harsha de Silva, Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Dayasiri Jayasekera, Ravi Samaraweera and Jayantha Samaraweera attending.

Officials including Finance Ministry Secretary Dr. R.H.S Samaratunga, NSB Chairman H.N.J. Chandrasekera and General Manager S.D.N.Perera gave evidence before the committee.

The COPE Chairman pointed out that recruiting on the basis of a list of names sent to the bank by the Finance Ministry’s Private Secretary was a violation of bank and government procedures and ordered the NSB to suspend all its recruitments until further notice. The officials of the bank and Secretary to the Ministry of Finance Dr.Samaratunga had been ordered to prepare a recruitment procedure in line with the government and other state bank procedures and to submit it to the COPE within two months.

Chairman Hadunnetti: You have recruited 48.6 per cent of staff assistants and office assistants without calling for applications in newspapers. How did you do that?

Human Resources Manager MNA Fernando: We recruited them on the basis of a list

Chairman Handunnetti: Who sent you the list?

Human Resources Manager Fernando: The list came from the private secretary to the Minister

Chairman Handunnetti: Other state banks make their recruitments on the basis of competitive examinations. This is a procedure unheard of and unjust. Now the best thing for you to do is to run newspaper advertisements asking those who aspire to join your bank to get letters from the private secretary of the Minister and promise that they would be made permanent after six months of their service.

General Manager Perera: This has been the procedure since 2008. We changed it in 2018 and recruited them as trainees. But they too had been recruited from the list.

MP Jayasekera: People come to us asking us for a job in the NSB. We tell them that there would be written examination and boards of interview that the applicants should get through. Now if you recruit persons from the list, then what should we tell them? If I send you a list of ten names, would they too be recruited?

NSB Chairman Chandrasekera: I am new to the bank. I checked this procedure and found that it has been the way since 2008.

MP Jayasekera: It is a wrong precedence.

Chairman Handunnetti: I recommend that you should prepare a new mechanism similar to the recruitment procedures of other state banks. Recruitments should not be made on the basis of lists from the Minister or his secretaries. It is the duty of the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance to prepare this new mechanism with the help of bank officials.

Secretary Dr Samaratunga: I will inform the board of directors of the bank through the Treasury Representative in the board to prepare that mechanism.

Chairman Handunnetti: When will you submit that mechanism to this committee?

NSB Chairman Chandrasekera: We can submit it within two months.


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