Customs officials must serve country, not individuals: MR

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The president has said that Customs Officials must serve the country, but not the individuals in their performance of duty as the Customs contributes the biggest share of state revenue.

Addressing a ceremony held today to give away appointment letters to new recruits of 280 Assistant Customs Superintendents and 91 Customs Inspectors at the Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed the revenue collection by the state at sea ports is not something alien to Sri Lanka or inherited from the European rulers.

“Our ancient chronicles such as the ‘Godavaya' inscriptions have vividly explained about tax collections at our sea ports by the king or his representatives.  The tariff or Customs duty collection has been done in a highly organised manner that did not harm the payee. It was purely for the maintenance of state duties,” President Rajapaksa said. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)
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  • PS Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:57 AM

    When is he going to address the corruption by all the customs officers... Top to Bottom.
    They are some of the highest earning state employees thanks to all the bribes received.

    loop Monday, 13 February 2012 06:34 PM

    ane mage kata !
    nodakin witharak !

    Lalith de silva Monday, 13 February 2012 09:51 PM

    If they serving the country and are doing a ghovernment service why are they paid rewards? They are paid millions and millions as rewards. Is itn to keep waya from corruption?

    There are officers in other government services who are doing valuable services andatleast some are very honest and doing a dedicated service which is important for the society but they do not get rewarded.

    In my opinion paying rewards for them is completely incorrect.

    Are we going to pay a percentaage of court fines to judges!

    segu Monday, 13 February 2012 09:53 PM

    does this rule apply to his family members too?

    V, Puran Appu Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:23 AM

    Customs officers could be making most of the money in Sri Lanka.

    But 99% of that money is spend abroad.

    If the import duties were reasonable and fair for everyone this huge drain of much needed cash could be reduced.

    sahdi Tuesday, 14 February 2012 01:20 AM

    yes yes......public servants to serve the country nd dirty politikko to cheat the country. suba anaagathayak.

    raj Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:18 AM

    does it mean that they serve to individuals and not to the country? Will they listen this advice?

    Lakshman Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:59 AM

    Yes,yes only he can serve his family. All the others must serve the country.

    trad4 Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:10 AM

    what about you sir, first u must serve the country but not the individuals of your family. vedi bana

    chandana Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:30 AM

    Customs officials serve them selves not the country

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:20 AM

    Doesnt it apply to you too?
    Stop serving individuals and start serve the country although its too late.

    bandara Tuesday, 14 February 2012 05:39 AM

    Who is MR speaking to a himan or the wall. Yhis reminds of the famous sinhala saying"OWA DENU PARAHATA,THAMA SAMMATHE PIHITA"


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