Minister of Housing and Construction and Deputy Leader of United National Party, Sajith Premadasa recently organised a ‘job dansala’ to show his appreciation to his party supporters who worked for his victory at last year’s Parliamentary Elections, doling out tens if not hundreds of jobs to his party supporters and their families.
The job dansala, goes against all pledges by the President Maithripala Sirisena led administration which came to power assuring that people that jobs will be granted based on individual skills and education and not for being political henchmen.
A leaked video shows Premadasa, dressed in casual t-shirt and shorts, ordering his staff to write letters of recommendations to other ministers in the government, while also instructing his staff to give labour and security jobs for people in his own ministry even though they did not possess necessary educational qualifications.
“Don’t worry, we will give jobs to everyone. But, only people who worked for my victory at the election should be here, don’t bring anyone else here,” he told the people and his organisers present at the job dansala.
“I will draft a letter and give you, take it and go and give it to Thalatha Athukorala,” he said to one job seeker. Athukorala is the Minister of Foreign Employment
Premadasa announced that physically short people who had studied up to Ordinary Level examination will get labour jobs, while some others if they had the necessary height can even be security personnel.
When one job seeker wanted to join another ministry, Premadasa said, “I will give you a job at my ministry, because you won’t be able to get any other job. That minister is filling his ministry with his supporters, and I am filling my ministry with my supporters,” Premadasa said.