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Task Force DG writes to NEC

Requests permission to continue low income youth programme

The newly established Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force Director General Major General (Retired) Nanda Mallawarachchi has written to the National Election Commission (NEC) requesting permission to continue with the programme to provide jobs to 100,000 low income youth, who have educational qualifications below the Ordinary Level.

Mallawaarachchi has pointed out that the programme was initiated in accordance with Cabinet approval on December 10 and that the applications were called via the newspaper advertisements on January 20.

The interviews, which started in the last week of February, have now been completed.

Observing that the process related to the programme commenced well before the official declaration of the General Elections, Mallawaarachchi has requested permission to go ahead with this national level poverty alleviation programme as scheduled.

“On a Cabinet decision a new department called Multi Purposes Development Task Force was established and on January 3.

The Management Services Department granted its approval for the recruitment of staff to the new department. Simultaneously, the Presidential Secretariat allocated Rs. 1150 million for the implementation of the programme. We have to get the required number of public servants attached to the new department and absorb 100,000 individuals who are already selected to be trained and employed,” Major General (Rtd) Mallawaarachchi emphasized to the Elections Commission.

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