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The Airport and Aviation Services, is coming out with a financial package to shed around 1000 excess staff.
The voluntary retirement scheme is being firmed and will be capped at Rs. 750,000.rn

rnThe offer is limited to drivers, labourers and clerical grades. rn

rnAASL, which manages the countrys airports, is estimated to have over 1000 labourers and some 700 drivers.rn

rnldblquote According to an internal survey, about 30 percent of employees, mainly middle grade workers are willing to leave
dblquote , says AASL Chairman, Hemasiri Fernando.rn

rnThe Airport is overstaffed at 3,000 workers, over and above the required 2000. rn

rnMost of these, officials complain, are political appointments, with 1000 odd workers taken in during 2001 alone.rn

rnThe government has come out with a VRS package of its own for all state corporations. Fernando says the Treasurys offer of Rs. 450,000 for junior officers and Rs. 600,000 for senior level staff, falls short of AASL staff expectations.rn

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