To Execute Urgent Work in the Public Sector: Automation, not new recruitment
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Depend on automation and not on physical recruitment of public servants, Finance Ministry Secretary S.R. Attygalle, in a circular to Ministry and State Ministry Secretaries, Provincial Secretaries, departmental, board and statutory board heads said .
Recruitment, if still needed, to provide essential and urgent work, if such a need arises, should be restricted to minimal staff recruitment for which the Finance Ministry’s Management Services Division’s (MSD’s) permission will have to be first obtained, he said.
Prior to the recruitment of new staff to Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) service, monies from the Consolidated Fund should be first allocated to pay such recruits their emoluments, said Attygalle. Emoluments to be paid to such new recruits should be determined only by the MSD.
Three months prior to staff going on retirement, GoSL institutional heads should make prior plans, three months ahead, to fill such vacancies as a last resort. Otherwise, work should continue with the existing staff without filling such vacancies.
Recruitment for primary services has been temporarily stopped. Even if such recruitment is needed, such recruits should be obtained from the Department of Multi-Purpose Development Task Force. Wherever possible, if vacancies arise in the primary services sector, such vacancies should be filled by promotions and not by new recruitment, Attygalle further said.