A JVP trade union has claimed that the state bank privatisation process, launched by the previous UNP regime, had been expedited by Sandhanaya government.
The All Ceylon Bank Employees? Union, in a letter to Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, has said that the ongoing process was being implemented in, what was described as, a much more calculated way.
The union?s Secretary M. Jayasekera had accused the government of going ahead with the privatisation process despite pledging to reverse the hotly disputed issue.
According to him, Sandhanaya Secretary Susil Premjayanth and other leaders had assured state sector union representatives that the CGR, cluster bus companies, CPC, CEB, ports, airports and state banks would not be privatised.
Jayasekera said that they played a pivotal role in helping the Sandhanaya to win the last parliamentary elections. This was on the basis the newly elected government would invalidate the privatisation process and would take the required action to restore the national economy.
But unfortunately, the new government was hell-bent on privatising the remaining state assets, he said, expressing serious concern over the decision not to fill existing vacancies in state banks. According to him, vacancies in all categories including higher grades are being filled on casual basis. This would have a detrimental effect on state banks, particularly in confidential issues.
He also claimed that a premier state bank had handed over several important and profitable sections to the private sector. `They are in the process of handing over several other key departments including security to the private sector,` he said.
He was also critical of the decision to create a special post at a particular (specialised) state bank and the ongoing moves to employ an outsider as the Deputy General Manager of a provincial bank.
He warned of a surreptitious bid to re-name top positions of state banks on the lines of private banks. He also warned of the damaging end product of a certain ongoing banking project undertaken by another state bank.