— Rohan Samarajiva (@samarajiva) July 4, 2016
It was reported in the Lankadeepa of 30 June that the Government has decided to recruit 8,000 fresh graduates to serve as information officers in order to implement the recently-approved Right to Information Law. The report added that the Gazette calling for applications for this single largest intake of graduates would be issued in July.6sg6
It appears that the present Government wants to break the record set by its predecessor which hired 4,000 graduates in a single intake. What is sad is that this action is being taken in the name of implementing an important piece of legislation that has the potential to transform the functioning of government. This ill-considered action will not only increase the current bloat of Government but it will also subvert the implementation of the RTI Law.