Sri Lanka Missions abroad generate Rs.3,221 mn in 2021 | Daily News

Sri Lanka Missions abroad generate Rs.3,221 mn in 2021

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs referring to a news article published on May 20 on expenses pertaining to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that the Ministry has succeeded in saving Rs 1,314 million from its annual budgetary allocations for 2021.

The Ministry in a release said that the Foreign Ministry has undertaken numerous measures to reduce expenditures since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. The release: Since the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, the Foreign Ministry has undertaken numerous measures to reduce expenditures. These measures include a drastic reduction in and suspension of some entitled allowances of the staff of Sri Lanka’s overseas missions. As a result, the Foreign Ministry saved Rs.1,314 million from its annual budgetary allocations for the year 2021.

While continuing such steps, further action has been taken to curtail expenditure by not incurring any capital expenditures, transferring 40 officers working in overseas missions to Sri Lanka without replacements, implementing a plan of action for the temporary closure of selected missions, among other measures.

Furthermore, all Heads of Mission overseas as well as the Heads of Division at the Foreign Ministry have been instructed to further curtail expenditures in line with the Ministry of Finance, National Budget Circular No. 3/2022 of 26 April 2022 and relevant Foreign Ministry instructions.

During the first four months of the year 2022, USD 10.2 million has been spent on maintenance and salaries in Sri Lanka Missions abroad.


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