The Cabinet has decided to halt non-essential recruitment for positions in State institutions for the time being.
Acting Cabinet Spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana noted that due to the need to maintain the services of certain institutions, the Cabinet has approved the optimising of employees from redundant departments.
When asked if the Cabinet met on 12 September to discuss the curtailment of State workers, he said no such discussion took place, but the Cabinet was focused on having a balanced staff in State institutions.
At the weekly Cabinet briefing on Tuesday (13), he said a committee of officials has been appointed, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, to review the recruitment process in the public service and it has received Cabinet approval.
Given the current economic situation, the government is attempting to balance the number of employees in various sectors in order to keep the public sector running more efficiently.
In addition, the relevant committee will take action to allocate the necessary positions to the 60,000 State sector employees who were previously recruited.
BY Thameenah Razeek