Hon.Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa should help Tharuna Aruna Trainees in the Central Province to avoid a discrimination.
Posted on September 24th, 2010

by Charles.S.Perera

 The 2088 graduates under Tharuna Aruna  Training Programme, after going through an arduous military style training course had immense difficulties to make their grievances heard at the correct place. Their manifestations were   subjected to police  water jets  and batten charges. Finally all of them were able to get employments as  financial assistants in schools, which later they found to be nothing more than being junior Clerks with no  prospects of promotions or other employment avenues.

 These young graduates  most of them coming from poor families had  high hopes  of getting an employment in keeping with their hard earned qualification, and pay back to their  parents a part of their earnings to redeem their land and property some of them had sold or mortgaged to give their children  a university education.

 But working as Financial Assistants have not  given them the satisfaction  they  seek in doing a job, as the duties entrusted to them as Financial  Assistance  are often menial,  being at the call of the Head of the School from morning to evening without fixed hours.  They are even asked to come to work during week ends.  There are  cases where they are even asked to come  during school holidays to make photocopies of circulars, test papers etc.

 They say that they have  not been given specific work and are called upon to do any thing that the Head of the school wants, sweeping the floors, making tea, washing the cups, even do shopping.  If they have to pay out of their own pockets for stamps and stationary they are sent to purchase such payments were not refunded.

 They are never allowed to act for an absent teacher, as they are  strictly  employed as clerks.  They cannot even use the staff room. When they are called upon to work after office hours , week ends or to make photocopies during holidays, they are not paid for the extra hours. 

 They continued to work without complaining during the period of probation fearing not to be confirmed, and even after  they do what ever is asked of them  not wanting to displease the  Head of the School. The employment is at the mercy of the employer- the Head of the School,  if they want to keep the job they have to do  what ever they  are asked to do, that seems to be the principle.

 About 300 of these graduates trained under Tharuna Aruna in Uva, and about 375 in Sabaragamuwa have been absorbed into teaching service.  There are 275 of these graduates  in the Central Procince who continue to work as Finance Assistants-only in name, as they are nothing more than junior clerks. 

 In the Central Province these Tahruna Aruna Trained Financial Assistants question why when those in Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces  had been given teaching appointments ,  they have  been left out.  Uva Province Chief Minister is Mr. Sashindra Rajapakse  does that make a difference ?

 A few of them as a delegation of the Tharuna Aruna Trainees of the Central Province    went to see the Governor of the Central Province Mr.Tikiri Kobbekaduwa hoping to place their case before him, so that he would understand their situation  and  accept to help them to avoid a discrimination as against those in the Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces who had received better treatment !

 But the Hon. Governor Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwa disappointed them.

 They explained to the Hon. Governor, that they were trained under the Tharuna Aruna Scheme, on the assurance that they would be  provided with employment in keeping with the qualifications and the arduous training they under go, but even though they were finally provided with employment as Financial Assistants to work in schools they are nothing more than junior clerks.  They have to work without any  future prospect, without even the hope of being absorbed  into the department as teachers. 

 They pointed out to the Hon. Governor Mr.Tikiri Kobbekaduwa  that those from Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces who  underwent the Tharuna Aruna Training course along with them have  been given  teaching appointments by the initiative of the respective Governors of the Provinces.  They therefore requested him to redress the injustice to them by provide them as well with teaching appointments.

 The Governor  Mr.Kobbekaduwa had asked them not to tell him about the other provinces  because as far as he is concerned he will never give the Tharuna Aruna Trainees in the Central Province any teaching appointments. He had told them that they have a job and it is best that they be satisfied, as he has to look after  others who have no jobs.

 They had pleaded with him to help them to  get  teaching appointments, as it would give them the satisfaction of  contributing more positively to the  country, and also avoid a  discrimination being committed against them. They  had also said that as it is they cannot even sit for the Administrative Service  Examinations  to enable them to look forward to better  their future prospects. 

 The Hon. Governor, had then told  them that they should read the 18th Amendment to the Constitution  introduced by the President,  according to which there are no Examinations in future to take officers for the  Administrative Service as the President Mahinda Rajapakse will select Officers for the Administrative Service as  he selects   Governors for the Provinces.  Therefore, he had asked them to be satisfied with the jobs they have and be content.

 If that is how a governor misinform the Youths who go to him seeking his help, there is something really wrong in the Administration of the Central Province under the Hon. Governor Mr. Tikiri Kobbekaduwe. If the 18th Amendment to the Constitution means what he say it is a  discredit the President.

 It is of course appreciable that the Government provided these 2088 Tharuna Aruna Trainees employment in the government. But an employment should have  the expectation of compensation for hard work and some sort of future prospectus to look forward to, so that it would encourage the employees to render their service for their own benefit  and therefore for the greater benefit of the country.

 The Government Representatives in the Provinces should be more accessible to young government servants in whatever category  and encourage them  providing them with access to  better conditions  and  future prospect in their employment. 

 If the Tharuna Aruna Trainees in Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces  have been given  teaching appointments ,  it is nothing but correct that the government provides   those Trainees in other Provinces also with teaching appointments.  Otherwise it would be a discrimination, which is not  in keeping with the promises being made by the President Mr;Mahinda Rajapakse.

2 Responses to “Hon.Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa should help Tharuna Aruna Trainees in the Central Province to avoid a discrimination.”

  1. sena Says:

    The graduates’ frustation is understandable. However the whole situation where young bright peolpe are left idling in non-productive government jobs is a tragedy for the country. These graduates are capable intelligent people (a much sought after commodity in the world) who can channel their skills towards any productive venture. The government should train them in such skills without wasting this rare resource by putting them in dead end gov. jobs which further burden poor rural blue collar workers (garments, expatriate maids, plantation workers, farmers etc) who carry the economy in SL.

  2. Kit Athul Says:

    The good author Charles forgot one thing. This clown, Kobbekaduwa you refer as Hon.Govenor, what education does he have? I bet he can just read and write. Can any reader get this clown’s educationg background and submit as a comment.

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