By Ashwin Hemmathagama
The Government has pledged to employ all graduates before the end of 2019 in a four-stage program while preparing a national policy to cover all sectors, National Policies and Economic Affairs State Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva told Parliament yesterday.
Currently there are 57,000 unemployed graduates as at 31 December 2016 and this number will increase with the graduates of 2017 and 2018 added to it.
“Priority will be given to those who graduated before 31 December 2016 when employing the unemployed graduates. During the second stage, all those who graduated before 30 June 2018 will be given the opportunity to face interviews. So this will cover those who graduated in 2017 and 2018,” he said.
According to the State Minister, the Government has already prepared a program to employ the graduates and this will take place in four stages.
“During the first stage, according to the Development Officer Service Resolution, interviews are underway and suitable graduates are getting employed. The Cabinet has expressed an opinion to give prominence to graduates who were internal students of national universities.
The final decision will be taken during the next Cabinet meeting and the external degree-holders will not be rejected. According to the Development Officer Service Resolution, the age limit of these graduates will have to be less than 35 years.
This has been reconsidered and has been increased to 45 years. Not only graduates but all will be employed according to their ability and education,” he said.