Some 380 Rajapaksa henchmen have been recruited as clerks in the state-owned financial institution – the National Savings Bank last week.
The appointments that had been made on Saturday have raised an outcry due to the non-transparent and irregular manner through which they had been processed. The usual protocols that are followed when recruiting staff into the state sector had been completely overlooked during these appointments, without so much as even a paper advertisement calling for eligible applicants to fill in such a considerable number of vacancies.
Colombo Telegraph learns these recruits have been channelled by the Nil Balakaya (Blue Brigade) also called as “Namal Baby Brigade”– the brainchild of President’s son Namal Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s inner circle to which includes Shashindra Rajapaksa and President’s personal astrologer, Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena.
Close to 80% of the new appointees are females and are residents of Hambantota.
Allegations of accepting heavy bribes from these new recruits have also been surfaced due to the absence of a selection process such as a competitive examination (as recommended by the Premadasa-appointed Youth Commission in their report as a recommendation to prevent another youth revolt in the country). Some of the recruits had paid as high as Rs. 500,000 to their ‘brokers’ in the Rajapaksa inner-circle while the mothers of some of the female recruits had been compelled to offer sexual bribes to several top officials of the Nil Balakaya to include their children in the appointee list.
Presently, the new recruits are said to be undergoing a three-day residential induction program at the Central Bank Training Institute in Rajagiriya.
Presently some 500 agency-hired employees (recruited through manpower agencies) are working in the NSB as clerks, customer relations assistants, data-entry operators etc. Some of them have been employed with the bank for nearly seven years.
Recently, a group of these employees had visited the presidential astrologer who is also working as a Director in NSB, at his office located in the 7th floor, with a request to absorb them into the permanent cadre considering their years of service in the institution. However in response, Sumanadasa had stated they should expect their request to be considered only if they agree to campaign for the UPFA at the upcoming Uva elections.
Disappointed by his response, the group had left frustrated.