President says he travels only economy class during foreign trips

MaithripalaPresident Maithripala Sirisena says he travels only economy class during his official foreign trips.

The President also said that he has fulfilled his duties and responsibilities in an appropriate manner during the last one year.

He says as President he has ensured financial discipline and also proper management of the country.

“At present I have taken steps to cut down on the expenditures of the Presidential Secretariat by 60%,” the President said, adding that he has never used charter flights for his foreign tours and that he travelled economy class with a small number of delegates.

Sirisena said that SriLankan Airlines incurred a huge loss due to the actions of the leaders of the previous regime. He also said that he had ended an era where public funds were wasted.

He made these remarks while participating in a ceremony to declare open the newly constructed building complex for the Ministry of Finance, today.

“It is the responsibility of the politicians and public officials to pay more attention to the idea of financial discipline and management,” he added.

The President pointed out the importance of maintaining strict financial discipline and management in implementing development projects and the importance of fulfilling responsibilities from the very beginning of the year to achieve the annual goals. (Colombo Gazette)


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