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Monday, 02 April 2012 - 18:44
President orders government officials to cut down on unnecessary expenditure
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa stated that it is the duty and the responsibility of the government officials to be frugal and act with care.

He further stated that the government spends twice the amount of funds it receives to efficiently develop the country.

During a meeting held at the Temple Trees to brief government officials about the “Rata Ekata” program President Rakapaksa further stated that it is possible to manufacture what is needed for Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka rather than import it.

The President further requested from the officials to crack down on corruption and bribery and for officials to not encourage any illegal practices as such and to ensure that administrative duties are performed in a fair manner.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof G. L. Peiris stated that the general public should not panic unnecessarily regarding the ruling adopted at the UNHRC in Geneva.

He further stated that the UN cannot place economic sanctions on Sri Lanka based on the ruling.

The minister further went on to state that the focus of the government is to maintain and further strengthen and enhance current diplomatic relations and also to cultivate new foreign relations by establishing embassies in countries that do not have Sri Lankan Embassies.

According to Prof. Peiris, there are only 4 Sri Lankan Embassies in the whole of the African continent and that the government is planning to establish more embassies in Africa and that the first of these offices will be established in Nigeria.

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