Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - 13:10
Provide mothers local jobs instead of foreign employment: UNP requests the government.
UNP requested from the government at the parliament today to offer employment within the country to mothers who seek foreign employment.
UNP MP Harsha de Silva requested this while joining the committee stage debate of the budget.
The first item to debate was the appropriation of the Foreign Employment promotion and welfare Department, where UNP MP Harsha de Silva stated that among those who leave for foreign employment in 2013, 40.3 percent were women.
In addition, they have been employed as house maids where they earn a sum of 25 thousand to 30 thousand rupees.
The MP added that this is not considered as a substantial amount, whereas housemaids from countries like Myanmar and Vietnam earn better salaries.
In response, Minister Dilan Perera said that the government has taken several measures during the last three years to increase salaries of house maids.
UNP MP Harsha de Silva said that it was not worthy for seeking foreign employment only for 30 thousand rupees, and that when mothers with children less than 5 yrs leave for foreign jobs it would disrupt their family lives.
Therefore, he added that the government should offer them local jobs.