Govt servants’ foreign leave application forms downsized

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Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration Priyantha Mayadunne said, efforts have been made to cut the paper cost, of forms used by Government officials, to apply for foreign leave by half.

The secretary noted that the current four-page format used by government officials to apply for foreign leave will be changed to a two-page A4 format.

He highlighted that this decision was made on the advice of Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, and Local Government, in accordance with the Government’s frugality principles in the public sector.

According to Mayadunne, a new form, with all of the points mentioned in the previous form has been sent to the Government Printing Department for printing. Every year, more than 100,000 government employees apply to travel abroad, according to the secretary.

BY Amith Maduranga Gamage