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Appointment letters posted to 40,000 unemployed graduates

The Presidential Secretariat posted appointment letters to 40,000 unemployed graduates yesterday (28), Education, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said.

Accordingly, Minister Alahapperuma pointed out that the unemployed graduates who are protesting before the Fort Railway Station and Liptons Circus can consider their issues properly addressed.

Minister Alahapperuma was speaking at an event held in Akuressa to handover financial aid and water pumps to owners of small scale tea estates yesterday.

“This February 28 is a historic day. The new government has completed its 103 days in office by this date. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa gave a promise to address the unemployment issue suffered by the graduates by March 2. Now that the Presidential Secretariat has posted appointment letters for 40,000 unemployed graduates, the government has successfully fulfilled its promise. Now the graduates who are protesting can give up their protests,” Minister Alahapperuma observed.

Minister Alahapperuma also said, “The previous government did not listen to the grievances of protestors for many years. They were only treated with water cannon and tear gas attacks. Here and there, they gave appointments, but it was only for UNP supporters.

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed us to think properly when assessing the country’s educated youth. There was no other measurement than education and intelligence. There was no discrimination on whether the degrees are internal or external.”

Speaking on tea industry, Minister Alahapperuma said that the small scale tea industry is going through its darkest hour. “The next generation of the present tea estate owners has given up on the industry. Our tea industry has seen a decline. Matara is one of the prominent districts where the tea industry thrives. We were able to address some of the issues faced by the industry by now. There shall be no party politics involved when addressing these issues. We will expedite the concessions granted to this industry. Please discard any ideologies that suggest there is no future for the tea industry in the country. We could turn it around and make it one of the most successful income earners for our economy.”

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