President Rajapaksa further said his objective was to build government service and employees who could fulfill their responsibility to the people and the country.“Unskilled workers are a main source of foreign exchange.Comparatively the country lacks industries with a solid foundation. Human resource is the main strength of the economy. Therefore, the need to properly guide the youth of the country and ensure their maximum contribution to the growth of national economy is a top priority,” the President added.
President Rajapaksa further said that people are critical of the public service due to inappropriate conduct of a few individuals. President pointed out that wrongdoings of a few government officials had brought the entire service into disrepute. “Government officials are paid with the hard earned income of the people of this country. Hence, it is the responsibility of the public servant to deliver his or her service efficiently and diligently for the benefit of the people” President said.
President Rajapaksa went on to say that in order to increase facilities and perks given to the government official’s economic growth has to be accelerated. “The public servants should commit themselves to achieve this objective”, emphasized the President. The education system in the country is being subjected to major transformation to give every child the opportunity to become an active contributor of the growth of the economy. Our education system should be reformed to meet the requirements of both local and foreign job market. That should be done through a strategy based on modern technology, he further noted.
State Ministers Shehan Semasinghe, Janaka Wakkubura, Kanchana Wijesekara, Kanaka Herath, Members of Parliament Niroshan Premarathna, D. V. Chanaka, Thenuka Vidanagamage, adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga were also present at the event