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Sri Lanka state jobs created for tens of thousands unemployable graduates
12 Nov, 2012 07:29:22
Nov 12, 2012 (LBO) - Sri Lanka has created 21,463 new posts in ministries up to August 2013 out of which 18,128 were for unemployable graduates educated at tax payer expense, data released under a fiscal management law shows.
In 2009 44,532 new posts were created including 40,095 in departments, 1,769 in ministries, 1,641in provincial councils and 1,027 in statutory boards.

In 2010, 5,302 new posts were created and in 2011 3,950 new posts were created.

In 2012 up to August 25,470 new posts had been created including 2,618 in departments, 286 in provincial councils, 541 in statutory boards and 562 in development projects in addition to the 21,463 in ministries.

In contrast only 215 "unnecessary posts" had been suppressed up to August 2012, 747 in 2011, 546 in 2010 and 2,106 in 2009.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in his budget speech that 91,000 graduate have been employed in the public sector since 2006.

Sri Lanka already has a bloated public sector which is eating up more than half of all the taxes collected from the people.

Up to August 2012 state salaries and pensions ate up 303 billion rupees out of 562 billion in taxes collected or 54 cents out of every tax rupee.

Unemployable graduates have been running a successful tax spending scheme for years, getting themselves a tax payer funded salary and lifetime pension.

The graduates who lack skills or the attitude to work in the productive sector agitate and hold protests in a railway station in Sri Lanka's capital to push for tax payer funded jobs.

They are educated at state universities at the expense of taxes collected from the people in Sri Lanka's so called tax-payer funded 'free' university system.

Some of them follow external degree programs and many are from the arts stream. Graduates of resident courses at state universities including engineering, medicine, management and information technology are in high demand from productive sectors.

Sri Lanka's economic development ministry said a week before the budget that 51,450 unemployable graduates will be given state jobs.

The statement came as the head of Sri Lanka's inland revenue department said a 'tax week' will be launched to net 50,000 new income tax payers.

Large tax collection systems were set up first in Western Europe helping expand the state, setting up an irresistible temptation for the ruling class and special interest groups to grab a part of the tax pie by becoming a tax spender.

Sri Lanka inherited Western-style customs and revenue collection agencies when the island gained independence from the British.

Tax spender schemes are easier to carry out in countries where tax payers and those who work in productive sectors are less aware of the workings of the basic Western European style state and its tendency to go astray and be mis-used by special interest groups.

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2. Raja Nov 12
Nothing to do at work. So why pay tax payers money when the govt is close to bankruptcy.
1. Love Sri Lanka Nov 12
We all know that government offices and ministries(at least most of them)are over staffed. But in Sri Lankan context if you don't give jobs no vote next time.

(Remember what happen to Ranil). My suggestion here is you pay the same salary, may/might give the same job description and ask them to plant and maintain 30 trees per month instead of "working" for government. Sound strange or make sense?