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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

“Drawing attention” struggle of unemployed graduates

Colombo, 07 June, (

In an open letter to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Srisena, the Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front, V.Anandasangaree has urged to take speedy remedial measures to solve the unemployment problems faced by the graduates.

Anandasangaree in his letter has pointed out the meeting President Maithripala Srisena had with the struggling unemployed graduates and requested him to fulfill the guarantee he has given to them.

The TULF Secretary General also copied his appeal to Ranil Wickremasinghe, the Sri Lankan Prime Minister.

Given below the full text of the letter by the Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front V.Anandasangaree:

Your Excellency,

“Drawing attention” struggle of unemployed graduates

Permit me to intervene on behalf of the unemployed graduates of the North, who have undertaken a struggle to draw the attention of the government, to their problem of unemployment.

Having come to know that today is the 100th day of their struggle, I visited the spot to get first hand information about their struggle. It is understood that there are more than three thousand graduates of all categories.

As a senior politician I confidently say that this is not such a big problem for the government to solve.

If the policy of the government is to treat all school children alike, certain categories of these graduates can be found employment easily in schools.

For example take the case of Teaching Fine Arts, even if all such graduates are given appointment immediately, I am sure there will be still a number of vacancies available for Teaching Fine Arts.

Likewise fill all vacancies in categories for which graduates are available.

This suggestion will apart from employing many graduates, the schools that had problems in respect of certain categories, will be highly pleased.

By the process of elimination, after some categories are fully employed, those who could not be accommodated in those special categories, all the remaining graduates and graduates from categories not considered so far can be pooled and distributed to other departments, where vacancies exist.

The graduates whom you met say that, you had assured them that within two weeks after the New Year a satisfactory solution will be found by you. They are still hoping that you will put into effect the promise that you gave them.

With all respect to you Your Excellency I plead with you to take up their matter very seriously and find them relief without any further delay.

Please, for a moment, imagine what the feelings of the poor parents of these graduates, would be, who were dreaming of a higher level of living, after the graduation of the son or the daughter, to keep on waiting without any benefit reaching them for years, in some cases eight to ten years.

As a father like me, you too can easily gauge the amount of embarrassment these poor young boys and girls will face every morning when they see their parents, after dreaming a lot and also when they meet the villagers and their friends.

I rest assured that you will promptly find a solution to these unfortunate youths and also order the authorities concerned to pay a monthly allowance for those whose appointments unavoidably get delayed.

Thanking you.

Yours Sincerely

V.Anandasangaree Secretary General – TULF

Copy to :- Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe

- Asian Tribune -

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