National Child Protection Authority Certain officials under-qualified – Employees Union

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By 2018-01-17

By Shaahidah Riza

Several officials who are in directorial and managerial positions within the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) are under-qualified to serve in the posts, Media Secretary of the Employees Association of the NCPA, Pradesh Coswatte said.
"An example of unqualified persons holding managerial positions are, the individuals who handle aspects pertaining to programmes and psychosocial matters. There was an investigation conducted on the two individuals and the investigation report held that these individuals should be demoted; however it has not yet taken place.

"Due to the involvement of the Secretary of the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, it was requested through the management department to allow the two individuals to remain in their positions as private appointees," he said.
When Ceylon Today spoke to the Acting Secretary of the Ministry Ashoka Alawatte, she said that she was not aware that such positions were awarded to unqualified persons.

Speaking to Ceylon Today, Coswatte added that the incumbent Chairperson of the NCPA Attorney-At-Law Marini De Livera is empowering the said individuals with more powers to work in compliance to her. He also added that all the funds received by NCPA are also misused and not efficiently used for NCPA needs, he claimed.

"Last year only 70 per cent of the funds were utilized. Also NCPA officials who work in Districts have not been appointed to their respective posts. The deserving officials have not been given promotions and they are also experiencing discrepancies with regard to their salaries. These are our concerns with NCPA. We request that NCPA function according to the Act. It should be under the President and be treated as an independent organization," he said.

De Livera was not available for a comment as she was overseas. When the direct line of the NCPA was contacted, a representative declined to comment on the allegations.

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