Despite the end of the war three years ago and alleged ‘peace’ and ‘major infrastructure’ work in the North-East, unemployment is still rife in the former conflict zone reports IRIN.
Accord to the report, experts estimate unemployment in the North to be at around 30%, whereas the national rate is 4%.
The principal researcher at Point Pedro Institute of Development, Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, blames the absence of private sector in the region saying,
“[The] bulk of the development activities are large-scale public investments in infrastructure… employing skilled and semi-skilled labour from the south, as well as under-employed Sri Lanka Army personnel.”
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