Plain Jettison

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Airport and Aviation Services (AASL), which runs the countrys airports and air navigation services, is planning to reduce the number of its employees.
AASL is talking to the treasury about part funding for a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to sharply cut the employee numbers in the lower grades.rn

rnA committee is already at work looking into the possibilities and numbers involved but at least one thousand people are to be shed over a period of time.rn

rnAASL Chairman, Hemasiri Fernando told LBR the high salary bill for lower grade employees were forcing them to target the scheme at drivers, labourers and clerical grade workers.rn

rnMore than 1000 staff had been hired to AASL during the last few years swelling the already overburdened organization.rn

rnThe VRS has been capped at Rs. 750,000 per employee with some of the money coming from the Treasury.rn

rnAASL is estimated to have over 1000 laborers and some 700 drivers. rn

rnClerical and other lower grade staff could also apply for the V