SLPA paid Rs 5.8B in OT – COPE

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Owing to irregular recruitment, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) spent a staggering Rs 5.8 billion as overtime (OT) payments for employees last year.

Of that, Rs 1.1 billion had been paid to employees attached to the units that have an employee surplus, while some employees had taken OT allowances for 400 hours per month. About 1,500 unqualified persons had been recruited for the post of Work Assistant as well.

This information was revealed during the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) meeting on Wednesday (22), when the Sri Lanka Ports Authority was summoned before the committee to examine the Auditor General’s Reports for 2019 and 2019 and the present performance.

It was revealed at the meeting that the Schemes of Requirement (SOR) submitted by the SLPA in 2010 had not been approved and although the number of approved SLPA employees did not exceed 9,990, the recruitment process is irregular and complex.

In response to COPE inquiries, SLPA officials replied the recruitment process and the salary scale have been determined via collective agreements between the SLPA and the employees.

Furthermore, the SLPA has not accepted the recommendations of the Management Services Department and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The institution only approved the posts. Thus, the SOR and the salary scales have not been approved.

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake