Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya has decided to introduce austerity measures in State organizations.
`It is extremely necessary to eliminate wastage, especially unnecessary expenses by State organizations if the public service is to be more productive and efficient. Most State organizations have begun to squander money,` Jayasuriya said.
He said it had become fashion for government functions, such awards ceremonies, workshops,seminars and awareness programmes to be held in 5-star hotels expending a great deal of money. He had already instructed the departments under his Ministry to avoid such programmes with immediate effect and expected all other departments too to strictly avoid unnecessary expenses.
Grand-scale functions, erecting of pandals, Kandyan dancing and offering garlands to dignitaries had become order of the day and responsible people must eschew such expensive formalities. Offering a sheaf of betel would be sufficient, he said.
Referring to the students` participating in State functions, Minister Jayasuriya said that students participation in State ceremonies on week days had caused problems as students had to miss lessons.It was more important for students to learn than participate in State functions on week days as lessons taught could not be repeated.