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Friday October 7th, 2022

Sri Lanka state offices shut on Fridays for home garden leave

Sri Lanka government offices will be shut on Fridays to help grow produce

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka government offices will be shut on Fridays to help state workers to turn into part time farmers and grow food in their backyard and avoid the expense of coming to work, a government statement said as the rupee collapsed steeply after two years of money printing.

Sri Lanka is facing foreign exchange shortages due to monetary instability triggered by the island’s intermediate regime central bank, disrupting the import of fuel and medicine.

There have also been warnings of food shortages after a government ban on chemical fertilizers last year. Though the ban was lifted, imports of fertilizers has been disrupted due to the forex crisis.

“The current shortage of fuel has disrupted passenger transport, making it difficult for public sector workers to access their own transportation,” the state information office said on June 14 announcing cabinet decisions.

“Due to this situation, it seems appropriate to grant government officials leave for one working day of the week and provide them with the necessary facilities to engage in agricultural activities in their backyards or elsewhere as a solution to the food crisis expected to occur in the future.”

Sri Lanka has a bloated public service pumped up with unemployed graduates every year and there have been warnings that more money will have to be printed to pay their salaries.

The Friday holiday will not apply health, education, power, water, transport, port and airports.

The home garden leave will apply for the next three months.

As fertilizer and diesel shortages made it difficult for farmers to cultivate their own land the Ministry of Agricutlure has announced a land grab from others.

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