President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday directed the Foreign Employment Ministry to stop sending women as house maids to foreign countries from the end of this year. Instead, he wanted trained nurses and women trained in other skilled trades to be sent for foreign employment.
These directions were spelt out by the President at a meeting at Temple Trees on Tuesday afternoon in which all Secretaries of Ministries participated. This was the first of a series of monthly meetings summoned by the President to discuss matters concerning all ministries.
Rajapaksa also directed the Secretaries to refrain from extending the employment of government servants for more than three years in foreign countries and to call back all those who have served for more than three years and to fill the vacancies with fresh recruits.
He also advised Ministries to have good rapport with trade unions and all grades of employees to enable them to carry out their duties with responsibility. He wanted the level of degree education in universities raised.
The President advised the Agricultural Ministry to immediately collect and store seed paddy to be used for the next sowing season.