FM faces acute staff, financial scarcity: Tharaka Balasooriya | Sri Lanka News

The Foreign Ministry is faced with severe financial and staff shortage at present, where only 84 individuals have been recruited to diplomatic service during the past ten years, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasooriya said today.

He told Parliament that there were only 177 diplomatic officials, whereas the actual diplomatic cadre strength is 264.

Speaking during the Committee stage debate on Foreign Ministry, he said the Ministry was taking steps to recruit some 40 officers by July next year.

The Minister also said the Foreign Ministry is faced with severe financial issues as the funds alocated 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.

“US$56 million was allocated to the Foreign Ministry in 2018. We have spent US$35 million so far this year. Only US$24 million had been allocated from the budget for 2023” he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)



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