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Cabinet limits foreign trips of Ministers

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The Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday granted approval to a proposal made by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to limit the foreign visits of Ministers as well as the State Ministers in face of the economic crisis in the country.

Cabinet Spokesman and Mass Media Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardana said that Cabinet approval has been granted to limit the foreign visits of Cabinet Ministers and State Ministers to essential functions only.

The number of participants for such visits will also be curtailed as per the decision of the Cabinet.

He said that such visits will be limited to most essential officials or a group consisting of a few persons for the management of the respective visit.

The Minister was speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing held at the Government Information Department.

He said that the proposal was made with the aim of reducing state expenditure considering the difficult economic conditions Sri Lanka is currently facing.

Chief Government Whip and Urban Development and Housing Minister Prasanna Ranatunga recently said that the newly appointed State Ministers will enjoy no privileges and therefore, they will not be a burden to the country.

“Earlier, only 20 Ministers were appointed and it became more difficult to maintain lots of institutions coming under Ministries with that scale,” he said. Ranatunga said that the State Ministers will receive only the average salary of a Member of Parliament. “Therefore, they will not be a big burden to the Government,” he added.

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