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Sri Lanka to curb official foreign travel to reduce wasteful spending

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new government has outlined a series of measures aimed at minimising waste in government spending including reducing overseas travel by state officials, a spokesman said.

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting this week had agreed on several criteria to be adopted in using government funds.

This includes minimizing foreign visits by the ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers, all elected public representatives and government officials, he told a news conference.

Only officials who are essential should be included in delegations on overseas visits.

The Cabinet also decided to reduce the number of security vehicles and bodyguards to the maximum possible level allocated for dignitaries and elected representatives.

Senaratne said the criteria is applicable to regional authorities, security forces, state institutions, government boards and state owned companies as well.   (Colombo/September 23 2015)

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