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Sri Lanka to make laws to clear state workers from prosecution: PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will make new laws to clear state workers from the wrongdoing or lapses committed by taking decisions made in good faith to carry out government policy, Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.

“In the recent times state officials were brought before the Financial Criminal Investigation Division and Bribery Commission,” Rajapaksa has said after taking over duties as finance minister.

“As a result officials were reluctant to take decisions.”

He was accompanied by Prime Minister Secretary Gamini Senarath, President’s Secretary P B Jayasundera and Treasury Secretary Sajith Attygalle.

Everyone should work hard to lift up the country and political leadership will give the necessary protection to state workers, Prime Minister Rajapaksa had said.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka was an active work place before 2015, with per capita GDP growing from 24 billion US dollars to 79 from 2005 to 2014, but growth has now declined.

National debt was also climbing, with a fall in the rupee making the situation worse.

He said at the time the rupee was only 130 to the US dollar.

Rajapaksa said interest rate have since risen. The tax system had become more complicated. (Colombo/Nov25/2019)

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