Great Expectations

Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said Tuesday that the public sector would be ‘expanded’ as needed, to take up 41,000 unemployed graduates who were promised jobs. Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama said Tuesday that the public sector would be ‘expanded’ as needed, to take up 41,000 unemployed graduates who were promised jobs. The state is dishing out over 41,000 jobs in the public sector, topping its own election promises of 27,000 – the space and jobs being created as needed.

“We have asked each Ministry to give a list of the vacancies that are available and we have also prepared a Cabinet paper to expand vacancies where possible such as in areas like education, local government and even agriculture,” Dr. Amunugama said.

How many vacancies currently existed in the public service was “irrelevant”, Amunugama added, adding that 75 to 80 percent of the graduates would fit into existing vacancies.

“Since there was a freeze in state sector employment during the last two years there are so many vacancies to be filled and these are already budgeted for,” Amunugama said.

“So this can largely be contained within budgetary estimates.” Graduates will be