Ministers and Deputy Ministers should seek prior approval from of the President before proceeding on foreign trips. The President issued these instructions to the Ministers at the Cabinet Meeting held on Thursday (07).
She had taken this step because the Ministers and Deputy Ministers had failed to followed the instructions issued earlier regarding the procedure to be followed before proceeding on foreign tours.
The President said Ministers had proceeded on foreign trips abruptly and it had not been possible to appoint deputy ministers to act in ministerial portfolios. She said that when applications are made, acting arrangements can be arrangement. Deputy Ministers had made repeated complaints to the party`s General Secretary Maithripala Sirisena that Ministers are proceeding on foreign tours without appointing them in such positions.
In these circumstances the President had renewed the earlier instruction.
She had made a specimen of the applications form available to the Ministers at the Thursday`s Cabinet meeting.