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Jobs for all unemployed graduates

Programme underway successfully :
Letters already sent to 60,000 graduates:
Those not selected can appeal:

The Government will recruit all unemployed graduates to the Government Service in keeping with the pledge given by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his election manifesto, Foreign Relations Minister and Leader of the House Dinesh Gunawardena yesterday.

He made this observation yesterday in Parliament in response to the query made by Opposition Leader and Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader Sajith Premadasa under Standing Order 27(2).

Minister Gunawardena said that 60,000 graduates have been sent letters and the Cabinet of Ministers led by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa decided that all would be recruited for employment.

He added that those who have not been recruited could make appeals which would also be considered by the Government.

Minister Gunawardena further said that applications from graduates who have passed out from Government universities and institutions which the University Grants Commission accepts would be considered in the recruitment process.

He said that as clearly stated in President Rajapaksa’s Policy Statement at the ceremonial sitting of the 9th Parliament, the Government has a clear solution for all unemployed graduates.

He added President Rajapaksa had to address this grave issue as the previous Good Governance Government neglected the unemployed graduates’ grievances.

The applications were called from unemployed graduates on February 07, 2020 in accordance with the Election Manifesto of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. However, 40,092 graduates’ applications were said to be disqualified due to many reasons.

The rest were sent with the appointment letters but were temporarily suspended on the directive of the Election Commission on August 14. Following the election, around 10,000 graduates were found to have been disqualified due to their names being included in the ETF lists. Hence, they staged a protest on August 18.

The Opposition Leader inquired if the Government misled those graduates.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said in response that all of them would be given employment as decided by the Cabinet.