Sri Lanka unemployed graduates take aim at fresh tax grab

No 22, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s unemployed graduates who have received a ‘free’ education at at tax payer’s funded universities are taking aim at another tax grab with a lifetime job and pensions in an already bloated state sector, according to media reports. Others who earn degrees with their own money from affiliated private colleges also contribute by working in productive sectors.

Unemployable graduates, who believe that the society owes them a living have successufully carried out the tax grab scheme for years. The Island newspaper said as association of graduates had promised 8,000 jobs in 2007, 15,000 jobs in 2008 and 17,500 jobs in 2009.

“The 2012 budget totally neglected the unemployed graduates,” the newspaper quoted the convener of the Combined Association of Unemployed Graduates, Lunugamvehere Kalyanaransi thera as saying.

Sri Lanka has one of the largest per capita public services in the world and 53 percent of last years total taxes collected from the people went to pay their salaries and pensions.

He had said there were 19,000 vacancies in the state sector and 42,000 unemployed graduates.

“Our next protest would bring all our members to Colombo to participate in a demonstration,” Kalyanaransi thera was quote