More than 200 engineers, technicians and supervisors from India would be employed on the three northern railway projects, officials said today.
The projects are implemented under financial assistance from the government of India. Already 20 Indians had been mobilized in Medawachchiya along with construction equipment to carry out the work on the railway lines from Medawachchiya to Madhu, and from there to Mannar.
IRCON International Limited, a company of the Ministry of Railways in India, has been given the contract to construct the railway lines destroyed due to the war. Company’s General Manager of S.L. Gupta told Daily Mirror that the work was in full swing, and the formal work would begin by March 15. Mr. Gupta said that an equal number of similar officials would be recruited for the project from Sri Lanka. Besides, he said that only Sri Lankans would be employed as labourers. (Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 63
Nishantha Rajapakse Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:11 AM
Indiana Jones... hik hik ^-^
lukman Monday, 14 February 2011 06:57 AM
yes tru local boy but wen it comes to wages, will the local companies take care of it...?
Konde bendapu china Sunday, 13 February 2011 03:50 PM
Minister welgama Can t we have at least 25% srilankans in these Projects
Sadeera Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:07 PM
Miracle of Asia!!! Sri Lankans are the Labourers!!!
Lion Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:08 PM
Lets stop this rot and show what Sri Lankans are capable of!
gul Fernando Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:10 PM
Chinese Prisoners and Sri Lankan Labourers wow what a country we live in?
Shyamali Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:11 PM
are our engineers an incapable lot???
Noah Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:15 PM
Damn.. Indian have big mouth but small brains.. Most of the middle east companies have stopped recruting indians as knwlegde workers. I think chinese r better than indians
mahasenevi Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:25 PM
What happen to our own engineers!?.
tma Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:37 PM
The Indians are coming....
Mid path.. Sunday, 13 February 2011 04:49 PM
SL labours and Indian Engineers.. Great way to develop SL and give an opportunity to our Engineers..
FRANNY Sunday, 13 February 2011 05:03 PM
Sri Lanka is going to be a Indian Island, Aren’t our engineers cable of doing the job
Sheva Sunday, 13 February 2011 05:04 PM
God bless our railway lines..!! India has the world railway lines in the world and accounts for the highest losses of life as far as train accidents are concerned EACH YEAR!!
Anton Sunday, 13 February 2011 05:09 PM
It appears that Sri Lanka has 0% unemployment and trying to solve the Indian unemployment problem!
Darwin Sunday, 13 February 2011 05:13 PM
Sr Lanka railway is over 150 years old. We have been running our railway well with local expertise. It very sad that all these projects are being handled by foreign companies.
Sharowana Monday, 14 February 2011 08:17 AM
well, guys I am a Sri Lankan but India has world`s one of the finest railway networks. They have the best expertise knowledge that could benefit Sri Lanka rather than the western know how. Don't revive India all the time we are dependent on them for our PARIPPU.
Vijayabahu Sunday, 13 February 2011 05:54 PM
We dont want Indians. we have qualified engineers as well as Labours. dont allow Indians mess our country..
Ranjana Sunday, 13 February 2011 06:12 PM
Why can't they utilize Sri Lankan Engineers. We have smart people and it will be a good experience for our people as well.
manmohan Sunday, 13 February 2011 06:07 PM
pathetic... We are a failed nation for sure.... with this ruling... pls bring better intelligence...
kalum prasanna Monday, 14 February 2011 08:33 AM
Employ engineers from moratuwa or peradeniya universities they will just sit in a A/C room and do a clerks job. That what happening.
kalum prasanna Monday, 14 February 2011 08:35 AM
I agree with you this is very common in telecom industry.
backstreet boy Monday, 14 February 2011 08:38 AM
wow more and more employment opportunities for foreigners in the name of development and the local graduates still remain un-employed !
Mushi Sunday, 13 February 2011 06:43 PM
Indians are engineers and Sri lankans mean, locals and citizens are laborers. What a deal !
backstreet boy Monday, 14 February 2011 08:34 AM
One mans dream is another mans nightmare !
Kotte Kusum. Sunday, 13 February 2011 06:44 PM
What happened to our cleaver boys?Are they not good enough ?
The Liberal Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:57 AM
No wonder our engineers go abroad looking for jobs! well, at least Indians are better than the goddam Chinese.
ani-pani Monday, 14 February 2011 08:43 AM
do not know SL is where to heading, but I wonder that especially the transport minister's actions on this
Sena Harris Sunday, 13 February 2011 07:03 PM
God bless Sri Lankans.
Powerless Sunday, 13 February 2011 07:07 PM
Don't we have enough engineers for nthis work?
Hirantha Sunday, 13 February 2011 07:13 PM
Yeah.. Thousands of Sri Lankan engineers are unemployed while hundreds of Indian bastards come and work here. What a strategy!
Ruwani Sunday, 13 February 2011 07:51 PM
Oh.Dear.what about sri lankan peoples? our enginers and workers!!
Guru Sunday, 13 February 2011 09:18 PM
What not the entire Indian Railway workforce???? No Chinese? Very strange!!!!
Dorothy Sunday, 13 February 2011 09:37 PM
India has given financial assistance for railway works . Now some of it goes back to India as wages for the Indian Engineers ! This is an old story except the country is different .. where have all the Sri Lankan Engineers gone ?
Buruwa Sunday, 13 February 2011 10:47 PM
why are we lack of engineers nd technicians? Hey keep eye on them!!!!
Wara Monday, 14 February 2011 09:24 AM
Though this seems unfair, this project is funded by India. So they should have right to take such demand.
Ranjith Monday, 14 February 2011 12:05 AM
Jolly good, Indian,s for Northern and Chinese for Southern.
Neme Monday, 14 February 2011 12:46 AM
This is what I call development
shavantha Monday, 14 February 2011 01:16 AM
jobs for indians hmm ape ayata hulang
Anver Monday, 14 February 2011 01:31 AM
There are thousands of our own engineers and technicians who have passed out locally and looking for jobs. Are they not suitable enough?
Yehiya-Doha Monday, 14 February 2011 01:46 AM
Our civil & Machanical engineers without jobs.
pandula Monday, 14 February 2011 01:55 AM
Sri Lanka 5000 years of history, 3 Enginnering faculties, Many technical colleges but Engineers from India.
kumara Monday, 14 February 2011 02:47 AM
That is the way it goes. We get nothing.
Mahesh Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:47 PM
Exactly, you are correct.That is happening at NERD
Tonto Monday, 14 February 2011 03:05 AM
A good ploy. The Galle/Matara project which is almost complete is infested with Indian technicians, etc. It's just a matter of re-locating them to the North Nothing new about this.
Siripala Monday, 14 February 2011 03:18 AM
What is wrong with our experts and the local knowledge.?. India is exporting their unemployment problem.
Comment Monday, 14 February 2011 03:19 AM
Why the authorities can not insist on recruting more officials from Sri-Lanka. We have enough expertise in this field and their involvement will be an added advantage for the country.
Gamarala Monday, 14 February 2011 03:36 AM
meranchi Monday, 14 February 2011 03:31 AM
i agree with you free of charge can except...
Bird Eye Monday, 14 February 2011 03:42 AM
Welcome Laborers. SL experts are sleeping. They are expert only to pass the exam, get the degree, and get a job. Then count the salary.
prabath Monday, 14 February 2011 03:54 AM
china and koreans are working at harbours of Sri Lanka. Indians are working at SL railway projects. Our Civil and Machanical engineers are at home..
vardiya nawaz Monday, 14 February 2011 11:45 AM
The Indian Government could get cheap labourers and provide jobs for our engineers,and technician. Our Sri lankans will do a better job with cheap labour. Minister of Public and Highways, dont you think we too should give employment to our youths who have qualified and seeking employment.
Kari Monday, 14 February 2011 03:59 AM
India is sloving their unemployment problem. What's wrong with our engineers?
Bedi Monday, 14 February 2011 12:04 PM
I understand we begged for them for fund and they used their human resource like machinery
lankaman Monday, 14 February 2011 04:01 AM
was it the indians who repaired the southern rail track in less than 2 months after tsunami?
KIRI PUTHA Monday, 14 February 2011 04:06 AM
that's what u do. u don't know about the scarification doing by the local engineers.
Thomas Monday, 14 February 2011 01:01 PM
Indians has only employed Engineers, whereas Chinese have brought down Engineers, Technicians and Labourers also.so why make a issue about India's action. NONE TALK ABOUT CHINA, why, why??????????????????
nageswara Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:53 AM
Antonan-because you spell Indians as injuns and call yourself the highest literate in south asia.
Antonan Monday, 14 February 2011 03:05 PM
We have the highest literacy rate in south Asia. Why do we need injuns?
local boy Monday, 14 February 2011 04:47 AM
all our experience engineers are in middle-east, US,UK,AUS or CANADA.
chenny Monday, 14 February 2011 04:37 PM
Wrong, Laborers are from China
Ravi Monday, 14 February 2011 05:41 AM
If the Tamil Terrorists didn't destroy our rail network, this would not be necessary.
When the Indian Govt. gives a grant it will be subject to conditions.
The need of the hour is to get the infrastructure done, so that the people can travel to and from North, quicker and cheaper.
nimal Monday, 14 February 2011 06:02 AM
While chinese are here.indians follow the samething
citizen1 Monday, 14 February 2011 07:59 PM
We sit in the middle without a job to do!!
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