The program of sending government officials for foreign jobs to be expedited
The government is focusing on expanding the program of sending government officials for foreign jobs.
These matters were revealed in the recent discussion between the President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake and the government officials on several other matters including increasing the foreign exchange earnings and speeding up the process of effectively directing the public servants to foreign jobs and solving the problems faced by the related institutions.
In order to facilitate the system of referring government officials for foreign jobs, the amendment of the Public Administration Circular No. 14/2022 as well as 06 other matters were discussed.
By amending the Public Administration Circular, allowing the use of a non-resident foreign currency account or a rupee account for remittance of foreign currency, establishing a formal system of linking those accounts so as to receive contributions to widow and orphan’s pension and settle bank loan installments to be paid.
It is possible to remit money at least once in 03 months by the revision of the Public Administration Circular and permission has also been given to open an account in the name of the public officer, to open a joint account or to designate an account for sending money so that money can be debited in this country.
It has been decided to implement an awareness program for the target groups by identifying potential foreign employment segments by quickly finding foreign employment opportunities for the applied government employees and forwarding the applications to the relevant parties.
In the discussion, it is planned to encourage the development officers of the public service to go abroad for educational opportunities through foreign scholarships by carrying out a wide coverage under the program to effectively send them abroad.
In this discussion, attention was also focused on opening the data obtained by the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau for the reference of the Pension Department to streamline the payment of pensions to government employees who are employed abroad.
It was also discussed to give instructions and a time frame to the head of the institution regarding the procedures to be followed in forwarding applications for taking leave, and to establish an online appeal system for applications that are delayed in approval of leave.
It was further discussed to follow up on the program of sending government officials for foreign jobs from time to time.
Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs MMPK Mayadunne, Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Foreign Employment RPE Wimalaweera, Director General of the Department of National Planning DA Kumarasiri, Director General of the Department of Management Services Hiransa Kaluthantri, Director of the High Bench Dr. BHPK Thilakaweera, Director General of Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau DDP Senanayake, Director General of Pensions Jagath D. Dias, Director General of Institutions of the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs Provincial Councils and Local Government Chandana Kumarasinghe were present.