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Foreign Ministry facing financial crises, staff shortage – Tharaka

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasooriya said in Parliament yesterday that the Foreign Affairs Ministry is currently faced with severe financial crises and staff shortage.

He said that only 84 individuals have been recruited to the Diplomatic Service during the past 10 years.

The Minister of State said this while joining the Debate on the Expenditure Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He said that there are only 177 diplomatic officials, whereas the actual diplomatic cadre strength is 264 and the Ministry has taken measures to recruit another 40 officers by July next year. The Minister also said the Foreign Ministry is faced with severe financial issues as the funds allocated to the Ministry were cut down gradually over the last few years, whereas more funds should be allocated, given the depreciation of the rupee against the Dollar.

“56 million US dollars was allocated to the Foreign Ministry in 2018. We have spent 35 million US dollars so far this year. Only US dollars 24 million had been allocated from the Budget for 2023,” he said.

 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 01:00











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