Written by Bella Dalima
04 Apr, 2014 | 9:02 pm
The All Island Samurdhi Development Officers Association charges that three months after the establishment of the Divi Neguma Development Department, they are yet to receive even a letter informing them of their integration into the Department.
The Association made this revelation at a media briefing convened on Friday.
President of All Island Samurdhi Development Officers’ Association, M.I.B. Abeysinghe shared these views:
” Today marks three months since the gazette announcement establishing the Divi Neguma Department. People in this country may be thinking that all officers of the Samurdhi Authority have now been integrated into this Department and are now receiving wages and are eligible for pensions. But nothing has transpired as yet. None of us have even received a letter informing us of our integration to this department.”
“Director Generals have been appointed on a temporary basis. The officials who have been appointed do not go anywhere saying they have only been appointed in an acting capacity. They do not even come to our main office to supervise our work or meet us. These officials who have crept into the government and are sleeping in the Ministry of Economic Development have no want whatsoever, to give due consideration to the officers who have been integrated into the department or to properly establish this department.”
Welfare Secretary of All Island Samurdhi Officers’ Association, K.B. Dissanayake expressed these views;
” We challenge them to reveal what the vision of the Divi Neguma Community Banks is and what programme they have to continue with the Divi Neguma Community Banks. The authorities have no programme whatsoever. They are on a haphazard journey.”
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