Immediate steps have been taken to make nearly 5000 workers recruited to the Ceylon Electricity Board through Manpower Agencies, permanent. Minister of Power and Energy Pavithra Wanniarachchi Attorney at Law, announced that , depending on qualifications, these workers will be absorbed into the permanent cadre of the Ceylon Electricity Board with effect from 1st December 2014.
This was stated by the Hon. Minister at a special media conference held at the Ministry of Power and Energy today 20th November morning. Speaking further at the media conference the Hon Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Attorney at law stated that “ Personally the Ceylon Electricity Board has been obtaining the services of Manpower Agencies for many years.
These people who serve under these Manpower Agencies have been agitating for a long time and requesting both me and our Government to give them some redress and telling us about their problems. Therefore we have taken a decision, both as a Government and specially on the instructions of His Excellency the President, to make these brothers and sisters permanent employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board. The Hon. President Mahinda Rajapakse stated at the recent Budget presentation that all those who are working in Government Departments, Corporations, and Statutory bodies on a temporary basis will be made permanent. Based on this decision it was made easy for us to absorb these workers in to the permanent Cadre of the Ceylon Electricity Board