Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, M.M.P.K. Mayadunne, yesterday (22) issued a circular permitting public officers to take no-pay leave to work overseas for five years, without affecting their seniority or pension.
Mayadunne said the proposal was made by Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government, Dinesh Gunawardena, considering the request made by public officers to formulate a programme through which they will be permitted to work abroad without impacting their seniority or pension.
He added thereby that Gunawardena made a policy decision in this regard and Cabinet approval was granted.
Public officers will be permitted to work abroad or leave the country for training and Secretaries to Ministries, Chief Secretaries of Provinces, and Heads of Departments were instructed by way of the circular to permit them to do so.
Further, public officers below 35 are able to obtain no-pay leave to be utilised in or out of Sri Lanka for a maximum period of one year to develop their IT skills, knowledge of English or any other language, or to complete a vocational training programme at a recognised institution on obtaining approval and submitting particulars to the authority.
Mayadunne said essential services will not be impacted.
Further, every officer who goes overseas is required to formally remit money through the Sri Lankan banking system to a Resident Foreign Currency (RFC) Account opened in his or her name and the amount stated in the circular or 25 per cent of the salary earned can be remitted. A grace period of two months from the date of departure will be given for remittances and they must be made from the third month onward.
By Faadhila Thassim