Salary hike for techies: PM

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The Government yesterday hinted out a salary hike to attract skilled technologically competent people.

This was hinted out by both President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the opening of Jinaratana Vocational Training Centre at Hikkaduwa to mark the birthday of Chief Incumbent of the Gangarama Vihara, Hunupitiya Ven. Galboda Gnanissara Thera yesterday morning.

President Sirisena said Sri Lanka did not have an issue of unemployment. He said what Sri Lanka was experiencing was a dearth of skilled and technologically competent people to fill large number of job vacancies.

“There are more than 100,000 jobs in the skilled and technological fields both in the government and in the technological centres," he said.

"One cannot find many skilled and technologically competent people even in the State sector though there are GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level qualified persons. But there is a dearth in personnel who are technically competent," the President added.

Paying a tribute to Venerable Gnanissara Thera the President said the Gangarama temple had won the respect of people of all religions. This he said was because the role carried out by the temple and the Chief Monk did not confine to religious work alone.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said the government would think of increasing wages to attract the skilled and technologically competent persons.

“We will have to increase salaries of skilled and other technological experts as they will opt to obtain employment abroad, if we don't offer them higher salaries," the Prime Minister said.

Further, the Prime Minister said the country needed personnel with IT skills, those who were specialized in the hotel and tourism industry and competent persons in other industries.

Premier Wickremesinghe lauded Venerable Gnanissara Thera for the role he had played in producing youth with vocational skills. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 8

  • lkboy Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:42 AM

    Looks like he is talking about ETCA.

    Jude Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:03 AM

    RW like Santa Claus!!!?? Yeah, doling out money to everyone!!!??

    Madiya Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:07 AM

    Trying to justify the pay hike for the MPs.

    DJ Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:25 AM

    Pls increase Teachers salary and perks more than politicians. Only then will our country develop. Remember development of minds first then money will not be wasted and our citizens will be more responsible

    cheers Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:12 PM

    PM without a brain speaking like bull in a china shop. What happened to the Central bank robbery you are a suspect

    ANTON Thursday, 15 December 2016 12:24 PM

    Just baseless statements. the package of promises varies with the audience.

    brainmaster Thursday, 15 December 2016 02:13 PM

    Yes, must increase the salary of the teachers and better training. Without good teachers SL will stagnate.

    concern Thursday, 15 December 2016 04:14 PM

    We are all waiting for the judgement for the Bond Scam !!

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