President assures immediate solutions to the unemployed graduates’ issue

President assures immediate solutions to the unemployed graduates’ issue

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The Youth Camp organized at Trincomalee has drawn to a successful close. The National Youth Services Council has referred to plans to hold more Youth Camps in the future.
The Youth Camp programme resumed on a concept of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. It commenced against under the theme “The Future Has Begun” in the year 2016. Around 6000 local as well as foreign youths participated in this Camp which continued for four days. Its closure was marked yesterday. President Maithripala Sirisena who undertook a tour of the Camp exchanged pleasantries with the youth. The President awarded gifts for the Yovunpuraya best districts.
Addressing the closing ceremony, President Maithripala Sirisena said that the unemployment graduate problem is not an issue limited only to the North and East. The queue of unemployed graduate has increased during the last few years. He claimed that he along with the Prime Minister engaged in a discussion with a Trade Union of employed graduates. They said they were given jobs but are confronting various problems and how could be discharged a saturated services sans sorting out these issues. If so the President said that they have to identify both sides. On one hand it is the issue confronted by employed graduates. A Proper evaluation has not been made in granting jobs. With regard to the problem of unemployed graduates, the President said he along with the Prime Minister had discussed sorting out the issue of unemployed graduates not only that of the North of the East but as a problem common to the entire country. In economic issues it is the youth who should be entrusted to finding solutions to these problems. The youth should be given an opportunity of getting involved in solving these issues.
In his address Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gave an assurance that a prosperous future would be endowed for the youth embedded with development instead of the war fear they had to experience in the past.
The Prime Minister said he expected that many youths could be engaged in self-employment under the Shrama Shakthi programme. If so the youths clubs should get together and take leadership in their areas and to launch a programme with the funds allocated from the budget. He emphasized that the Youth are the future and their trust. This is the first time that the Youth Camp was organized in the North and East and it is for the first they were gathering in the Opposition Leader’s Division. He invited and supported clearly displaying reconciliation in the country.
Opposition Leader in his address highly appreciated the reconciliation programme of the present Government.
The Opposition Leader said that the leader who ended the war was not interested in sorting out the national conflict. They considered the issue ended with the war. They thought that the Tamil were slaves. It was during this era that the national reconciliation Government assumed office. The two leaders of the main parties have directed the country towards a new path. He said he considered that programmes such as youth camps would support their journey.
Among those present on the occasion were several Parliamentarians including Ministers Ravi Karunanayake, Sajith Premadasa and Daya Gamage, State Minister Niroshan Perera, Eastern Governor Austin Fernando and Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Eranda Weliange.