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Some 80% of unemployed graduates in the country are women who struggle due to no available income which will have grave social and economic implications if the government does not address the problem, the Combined Association of Unemployed Graduates said today .

The association threatened to go on an all-island protest next week if the government did not provide jobs for over 40,000 unemployed graduates in the country.

The association’s Convener Dammika Munasinghe said this will be a growing burden to the country if the government does not provide jobs for them. “With the increasing cost of living it has become vital for men and women to have jobs but the government has not paid any heed to our pleas,” 

Munasinghe said since 2005 the number of unemployed graduates has increased from 5,000 to 40,000 despite the governments promises to provide jobs for unemployed graduates.

He said according to the Mahinda Chinthana the government was expected to provide 10,000 jobs in 2006. In the 2007 budget 8,000 jobs were promised and in the 2008 budget 15,000 were promised. In 2009 14,500 jobs were promised and in August this year 30,000 jobs were promised to unemployed graduates and non-graduates but that they were not provided.

“These promises were never fulfilled by the government despite their promises. We are asking them once more and to keep their word,” he said. (By Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • xlntgson Monday, 14 November 2011 12:26 AM

    Over reading each and everything in Sri Lanka is the root cause, what is the purpose of education if it is not job oriented.

    Nodrog Friday, 11 November 2011 04:05 PM

    Absurb!! Why is it the Govt's problem if they have no jobs? They were already given free university education so let them find jobs on their own. Time the graduates stood on their own feet instead of expecting the country to always provide for them.

    Powerless Friday, 11 November 2011 11:26 PM

    Would you please reveal your emplyment/job/self-emplyed position, and how you got there?

    This may hel the unemployed graduates. Thanks for your help.

    Senior Citizen Saturday, 12 November 2011 12:30 AM

    Nodrog. it is not the fault of the Graduates. but the fault of the quality of free 'Education'!

    Sudu Putha Saturday, 12 November 2011 01:16 AM

    well said.

    J.B.Dissanayake Saturday, 12 November 2011 02:06 AM

    "Remember, "DEPAIN NAGEE SITIVE"

    nilame Friday, 11 November 2011 01:17 PM

    Don't these people realize that the government has no moral obligation to provide them with jobs? The government has already provided them with free education. These are the self same people who are protesting against private universities.

    Lankan Friday, 11 November 2011 01:31 PM

    It is not a requirement for the Govt. to provide jobs for graduates unless it is a SL policy but not in other countries. They find jobs by themselves whatever they get till they find the correct job.
    Here they get free education and they expect the Govt to provide jobs too !!! It is paradise !!


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