Influx of political appointments reflects shortage of professionals: RTUC

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The influx of political appointments to the railways industry has reflected the shortage of 6,000 positions for qualified individuals, Railway Trade Union Collective (RTUC) Convener S. P. Withanage said. 

Mr. Withanage went on to say the industry was on the verge of collapse due to the lack of qualified officials appointed to relevant posts and other political appointments. 

“The railway is not something that makes huge profits, but it does not incur heavy losses also. There are employees who have neither duty stations nor duties to attend to in the railways industry. This is unfair by the employees who have put in hard work and years of their lives into the industry,” he said. 

On a different note, Mr. Withanage said measures should be taken to efficiently manage the Ratmalana railway repair centre which is the largest of its kind in South Asia. 

When contacted Railways General Manager S.S. Abeywickreme, he said there were several issues that needed to be resolved. 
“We cannot resolve all issues at once. There are some 2,000 vacancies for high-ranking officials that need to be filled. However, steps are underway to address these concerns,” he said.