Govt. proposes domestic air tickets for public servants

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Transport and Civil Aviation State Minister Ashok Abesinghe said today a mechanism was being planned to provide state employees with domestic air tickets from this August.

He told parliament that state employees would be able to obtain a domestic air ticket instead of three railway warrants issued per year.

"State employees will be able to travel from Ratnapura to Mattala, from Mattala to Batticaloa and from there to Trincomalee. From Trincomalee to Sigiriya and back to Colombo from there," he said.

The minister said this in response to a question raised by UPFA MP Namal Rajapaksa about domestic airports.

Responding to a question raised by MP Rajapaksa about the Mattala airport, the minister said discussions were in progress with India to develop it as a joint venture.

He said the transport ministry was having discussions with the Foreign Employment ministry about initiating a programme to use Mattala Airport for those migrating for foreign employment.

"About 100,000 people are migrating from that area," he said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • George Harry Thursday, 07 March 2019 11:40 PM

    In other words, it is clear, another stake to be sold to India. In future, no single Sri Lankan gets a Job in the local market instead will be dominated by Indian Citizens.

    Ara Friday, 08 March 2019 09:34 AM

    you mean Like sold to china by the last regime ?

    lal Friday, 08 March 2019 09:57 AM

    I think if you can promort the railway is ok. Always you does not piratical. Are you ok.

    parakum Friday, 08 March 2019 04:47 PM

    They should be standby passengers, priority given to fare paying passengers.

    Lost Lankan Friday, 08 March 2019 05:47 PM

    We are in India's Pocket as usual and more to come from India. We are slaves of foreign powers.


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