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Premier underscores the importance of safeguarding SLTB

June 10, Colombo (LNW): Sri Lankan Premier Dinesh Gunawardena has underscored the importance of safeguarding the state-owned Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), urging officials to focus on its enhancement.

The PM highlighted the enduring significance of the SLTB in the nation’s economy, serving as a vital infrastructure for daily commuting and light goods transportation.

He stressed the need to preserve this institution, particularly as a substantial portion of the public relies on bus travel.

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena conveyed these sentiments during an induction programme held yesterday (09) at the Temple Trees, where he introduced the approved recruitment and promotion procedure for SLTB staff.

Minister of Transport Bandula Gunawardena, also present at the event, announced the introduction of a fixed promotion system, marking a historic development in SLTB’s 67-year history.

He expressed that this initiative aimed to eliminate the customary practice of personnel changes following electoral outcomes.

In his address, Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena reflected on the establishment of the CTB by Hon. Philip Gunawardena in 1957.

He recounted the significance of this milestone in providing essential public transport services and advocated for the protection and development of SLTB to serve the nation effectively.

Minister of Transport Bandula Gunawardena emphasised the transformative nature of the fixed promotion system, marking a crucial turning point in SLTB’s history.

He noted the departure from traditional practices, ensuring stability and continuity in the board’s operations.

State Ministers Dilum Amunugama, Sisira Jayakodi, Members of Parliament Gamini Lokage, Yadamini Gunawardena, as well as SLTB officials including President Lalith De Alwis and Secretary of Sri Lanka Public Transport Employees’ Society Nuraj Singh, were among the attendees at this event.

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