The Government is prepared to take action against the foreign employment agencies that send workers abroad on political motives and the people who leave the country on such motives.
The Minster said that the programme is being launched to protect the reputation of the country. He said that the highest income is brought in by those who are employed abroad. He stressed that such political campaigns are being launched to bring down the foreign exchange so earned. Such bankrupt political campaigns cannot be allowed to take place. He said that he has instructed the Foreign Employment Bureau to blacklist such agencies. In addition those who leave on foreign employment and attempt to destroy the opportunities available for the country and the people in order to meet various political motives will also be blacklisted.
The Minister made this observation when he paid compensation for the Sri Lankans who returned from Libya due to the changes made in their service conditions. Hundred and eighteen people who left for Libya last year returned to the island due to the changes made to their service conditions. The compensation was paid through the Insurance Trust Fund. He said that compensation cannot be paid under the insurance agreement although the money was being granted as a special relief, through the intervention of the President.