President and PM attend event to mark 125th anniversary of Archaeology Department

President and PM attend event to mark 125th anniversary of Archaeology Department

President and PM attend event to mark 125th anniversary of Archaeology Department

Written by Tharushan Fernando

09 Jul, 2015 | 3:18 am

President Mathripala Sirisena, attending the 125th Anniversary of the Department of Archaeology on Wednesday, stated that the previous government needs to be accountable for the positions left vacant at the Department of Archaeology.

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presided over the event to mark the 125th anniversary of the Department of Archaeology where a stamp and a first day cover was presented to President Sirisena and and Prime minister Wickremesinghe marking the 125th anniversary of the Department of Archaelogy.

The Prime Minister added that there is a shortage for assistant deputy directors, and that  recruitment cannot be made by simply placing an advertisement in the newspaper. He added that the vacancies cannot be filled with people until they  resolve this situation. He said “this is what we need to think about.”

He added that attention is being drawn towards recruiting assistant and deputy directors for the department, and if required, the recruitment procedure too will be amended.

The president added that there are 42 positions left vacant over the past few years including those of acting positions, and if 42 such key positions have not been filled, those who were responsible for this institution over the years need to be held accountable for this situation.

He also noted that, recently, he witnessed a note about the Nissankmalla engraving in Adam’s Peak where it read that those who steal and waste state funds and state resources will be born as dogs and crows in the next life. He said:

…….and on this day that you mark the 125th Anniversay of the Department of Archaeology, I wish to propose that this statement be placed in the office of the president, the ministers and the officials.

President Maithripala Sirisena also unveiled the pinnacle of the stupa at the Kothalawalapura Viharaya in Ratmalana, on Wednesday.

 

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