Inability to pay salaries: Archaeology Dept. lost 2,000 staff – Vidura
By Upatissa Perera
State Minister of National Heritage Vidura Wickremanayake said about two thousand temporary and casual workers at the Department of Archaeology have lost their jobs due to being unable to pay their salaries. The Minister pointed out that as a result, work in several sections of the department had come to a standstill. “Archaeological artefacts are being destroyed daily. As much as we deploy various strategies to protect them, we need relevant officials.
By now, about 2,000 of those officials and workers have left, as we have no way of paying their salaries. We did not pay their salaries, but the Cultural Triangle did so,” he said. “As politicians distributed money from that as they wished in the past, it became impossible to pay salaries. That is why we had to remove approximately 2,000 workers. Now there is no protection for archaeological sites and no explorations,” he added.