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Railways will get new facelift by 2024 - Minister

Retirements will not hamper service:

Cabinet Spokesman and Transport, Highways and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardena yesterday stated that Cabinet Ministers cannot interfere in the recruitment of employees and that they cannot abuse power by going against

 the existing constitution and law. He stated this at the press conference to announce the Cabinet decisions held at the Government Information Department yesterday (10).

The Minister emphasised here that anti-development ideologies are expressed when there are good development processes in Sri Lanka, and there was a big media campaign at the beginning of the new year that train journeys will have to be stopped due to the retirement of a large number of railway employees, but that is not the truth.

Accordingly, as on December 31,2022 six railway engineers, three supervisory managers, 20 train controllers, 13 station masters, nine locomotive drivers, four shunting drivers, 13 driver assistants, 13 railway security officers have retired.He said that only 410 of 66 assistants have retired. Also, 458 train drivers are approved for recruitment so far, 290 drivers have been employed so far and 162 vacancies are available, even if there are such vacancies, the Cabinet cannot abuse its power to recruit for vacancies, and it is reasonable. The Minister emphasized here that a country cannot be governed in a rural manner except by using force according to the existing rules and regulations, and that when governing a country, the rules and administrative system of the country cannot be misused to recruit for those vacancies.

He added that he will discuss this matter with the Public Service Commission and work to complete the existing deficiencies, and hope to reorganize all the Railways by next year.

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