Oct 22, 2017

Brain drain of senior administrative officers Featured

Talented officers in the administrative service are leaving for overseas employment as a result of the appointment of retired secretarial and other top level officers of the ministries to top positions in state institutions, reports say.

Retired labour ministry secretary Gotabhaya Jayaratne has been appointed director general of the Mahaweli Authority, while former industries and commerce secretary T.B.M.K. Tennakoon posted to the Lanka Sathosa chairmanship.

Also, following his retirement, public administration secretary J. Dadallage was given an appointment as a public relations consultant to the prime minister’s office.

Education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has appointed retired officers as assistant directors of Central Cultural Fund projects, while former top military officers, too, have been appointed to positions at state institutions.

Most of these appointees are over 70 years of age, most notably at the CCF.

In addition to their pension, they draw nearly Rs. 100,000 as salaries and allowances plus various privileges, including ownership of the official vehicle used at the time of retirement.