He said the recruitment process will be carried out in four stages. The first two stages will take place in 2018 and the other two in 2019.
“In the first stage, 5,000 graduates will be recruited and then 15,000 will be recruited at the second stage. Cabinet is yet to decide on the number of graduates to be recruited in 2019,” he added. He said three per cent of those recruited will be differently-abled graduates.
There would be no political influence in the recruitment process, he noted.
“We have acted in a fair and just manner when recruiting these graduates. Even our party politicians have complained that their requests have been turned down. Graduates who had post-graduate qualifications were given priority. There was no party politics in the recruitment process. Interviews were conducted by District and Divisional Secretariats.”
Recruited graduates will be summoned for a training programme shortly, he added.