Are government servants happy? PDF Print E-mail
Written by DM_Team   
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 12:45

With the recent spike in the number of protests being held, one has to wonder whether civil servants in this country are been given their due place? Are those that see to the public needs of this country being neglected and shortchanged by those that we elected into office?
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# DM_Team 2012-01-31 12:49
Tell us what you think in the comments below?
Are you a government servant, we would like to hear your comments.
# Calistus Jayatilleke 2012-02-01 10:12
Compared with private sector workers, government employees (I wouldnt call them government servants because they are masters and not anyone's servant any more!) are a privileged and blessed lot. With reduced working hours (even that short time being spent on frivolous things including extended tea breaks); unlimited "short leaves"; an abundance of public holidays (and even coupling those public holidays with weekends to have an extended break), no payment of income tax; dancing to the tunes of politicians and enjoying undue privileges; work stoppages at the drop of a hat to win demands and succeeding most of the time due to strong unionising etc. etc. The ultimate victims are the members of the general public who are forced to worship and beg the "Masters" to get anything done however simple those requirements are. It is the public that has been short-changed by both the elected members as well as their "servants".
# Mana 2012-02-01 14:49
It is an acceptable argument.Suppose a strike is being undertaken by a government department/ an authority and in this instance think of a general public who is unable to carry out a particular work in the relevant department/authority which puts him/her into severe trouble.Also this sort of strikes/boycotts cause huge damages to the public property and hinders the benefit a general public would get out of that.
# aruna 2012-02-16 08:37
Nobody is commenting on the Private Bus Strike. Everybody except the poor, which includes the vvip politicians and the elite class are afraid of the Private Bus Owners.

Where are the so called Trade Chambers?

Where is the OPA?
# kalu arachchi 2012-02-18 12:20
By going through the postal votes of the recently held elections, it is evident that most goverment servents are happy with what thay have. This attitude is reflected on country's economy which is stagnated right now. Private investors are finding extremely difficult to conduct business and new ventures are very few. We can not go parting on loans. Production efficiency must go up specially in government sector. We have higiest cost of production for electricity unit in asia (probably in the whole world), higiest cost of production per kilo of tea. Drastic change in attidues are required for a better future
# Safe 2012-02-28 19:03
As the EB code goverment servant can't comment to media without approval.
So no one express their cmnt
# Laksiri Jude Perera 2012-02-03 12:14
There are many exceptions who want to provide a productive service with in the system not based on well defined national polices. Timely changes are not met as the situation demands, hence they are in a spot of bother in mostly overcrowded staffs. When productivity increases, time spent on that particular job or assignment is reduced (except some routine public relation engagements where the employees who have mastered that profession must be present all day long) with the aid of technology allowing them do their jobs at ease and sometime permit extended breaks that might irritate others who cannot grasp the whole scenario.Your argument challenges 'permanent cadre' recruitments not only in government sector but in private sector as well. Agree that lack of discipline due to political intervention and added to that,mythical ideas, keep the masters away from upright and desired destiny.
# naDay 2012-02-08 12:07
Envious response.
# Conty 2012-03-12 02:53
Absolutely, well said Calistus, couldn't agree with you more.
# A W Abdulkany 2012-02-02 11:24
the word 'happiness' cannot be defined. Can more money, and other material things make a person happy?
Even the wealthy people are unahppy with their lives. Their eternally in search of 'happiness', a mirage. Not only the Government servants even the private sector employees are not happy due to multiple reasons, either ttheir are underemployed or not 'looked after by the employers. The one who is happy is the one who is contended with what he/she has.
# Aruna 2012-02-08 11:00
The government servants are humiliated and degraded by the ignorant public. They do not understand the mental suffering and agony the senior Civil Servants of this country are faced with and are under going.
Its only the few who are willing to bow down to political pressure are fourishing. Do not beleive what I say. Conduct and independent thorough study and find out how things are being done and are happening at the Finance Ministry.
# Alithamby 2012-03-08 23:21
Not at all happy. Many may say reduced working hours and good salary. When you say 'government servent' please consider the average employees. Not the ministry secretaries. The cost of living has effected them too a lot. when it comes to any promotions it is always political, not the merit basis. When civil servants talk of justice to the society they are targeted by the politicians. If opposed the ruling politicians transfer to Monaragla or Mannar. How can they travel this far to get a megre slary and how can they look after the schooling children as the education is beyond the reach of a normal government servants?
# saman 2012-03-16 06:43
government servants are the one who got least benefits and they go strike action when issues can not resolve amicably. they get low pay compared to private sector