Apr 18, Colombo: Minister of Power and Energy, and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake says that granting employment at the Ceylon Electricity Board on father-son basis will be increased from current 10 percent up to 12.5 percent.
The Minister expressed these views participating in an event held to grant job appointments to children of CEB employees who had served more than 30 years on father-son basis in line with the 50th anniversary of the Ceylon Electricity Board CEB.
At the event held at the Piliyandala Training Institute of the CEB, Minister Karunanayake handed over appointment letters to 123 children of the CEB employees.
Speaking at the event, Minister Karunanayake said today there are about 31,000 permanent and casual workers in the Ceylon Electricity Board and there is a great demand for employment at the institution that has not been seen for any other government agency. He said the outside world has a positive attitude and a great trust in the CEB.
At this time when such an institution celebrating 50 years of service, it is fitting to provide employment to the children of CEB employees with over 30 years of service as a tribute to their long service under the father-son basis, he added.
The Minister further said that so far such employment was given to only 10 percent of the children and he plans to increase the number to 12.5 percent.
"The existence of CEB depends on 6.7 million consumers. If they do not pay electricity bills, the CEB cannot go forward. At present, domestic demand in Jaffna is met within 24 hours. Why we cannot spread this method throughout the whole island? The CEB takes many months to fulfill an electricity request from the industry. We need to change this system and take steps to expedite the service to provide new electricity connection," the Power and Energy Minister said.