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* 20,000 graduates to be recruited to Sri Lanka public sector after elections
Sun, Sep 2, 2012, 12:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka government sources say that around 20,000 new public employees will be taken into the permanent service before September 10.

The new recruits are graduates receiving training now in public offices. Granting appointments to them got delayed due to the elections of North Central, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils.

Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa says that his Ministry alone will provide job opportunities for 16,800 graduates.

Most of the new recruits are liberal arts graduates who could not find employment in public and private sectors for years. Creating positions, provision of office space and furniture for them etc. are to take place in the next two weeks.

The government expects to grant appointments to the graduate trainees of the provinces where elections are held immediately after the elections and to the other graduates in the other provinces within the next week, government sources say.

According to Sri Lanka's election laws new employments or promotions cannot be granted during the period between the day of nominations and the day of elections.

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