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External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris had spent Rs. 6.5 million for 13 foreign visits he undertook along with his entourage up to November 25, 2010 since assumption of duties in his office after the General Election in April, the same year, Parliament was informed today.

This was revealed in an answer to a question posed by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake.

However, his predecessor Rohitha Bogollagama had spent as much as Rs.27 million for 36 overseas tours during his 39-month period.  Late Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar had spent Rs.7.7 million for four visits during four months, and late Minister Anura Bandaranaike Rs. 2.6 million for three visits during three months. Also, former Minister Mangala Samaraweera had spent Rs.6.3 million for 13 visits during 13 months.  

Prof. Peiris had toured in countries such as Bhutan, China, the USA, Japan, the UK, Iran, Ukraine and Maldives during that period. (KB and YP)
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  • the under taker Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:12 AM

    JUST WASTE OF PUBLIC FUNDS-GOSL-SPEND IT TO A WORTHY CAUSE

    Amarapala Thursday, 10 February 2011 08:41 AM

    If we spent this money for the development of the country then Sri Lanka would have been a developed country by now.

    Ranjith Thursday, 10 February 2011 12:54 AM

    we are very closer to top record.

    MagodisThuma Thursday, 10 February 2011 01:48 AM

    They enjoy the life spending "Their" money lavishly.. It's you people have send them to the parliament !. ....So What ?

    Darwin Thursday, 10 February 2011 01:57 AM

    Suggest he gets a limo too for local travel and they are now being manufactured in Sri Lanka.

    Prag Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:14 AM

    Invain ppls money!!!

    Sandakelum Rajapaksa Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:30 AM

    "Miracle of the Asia"

    Show Me The Money Thursday, 10 February 2011 02:46 AM

    100 Houses could have been built for the flood victims with this money and this is only one guy's globe trotting bill add the others too and you could build 100 Hospitals ..." its only tax payers money " thats the attitude the Gov has

    Kelby Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:10 AM

    This called "Who cares attitude". Partly tax payers and rest begged money. This is one guy's expense. Just imagine how much MR would have spent to his London trip alone. People are floating in flood water. These guys are flying around in style.

    amedha Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:34 AM

    given that when they travel abroad they pay in dollars.The expenditure incurred by minister pieris is very modest.

    bernard Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:44 AM

    What has SL gained after all these visits?

    Darwin Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:45 AM

    Agree. These trip have no significance in our life due to the poor international relationship the government has with the rest of the world.

    Roshan Thursday, 10 February 2011 03:50 AM

    This is the reason why MP change parties.

    R.Dias Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:57 AM

    IT IS NOT HOW MANY TRIPS OR HOW MUCH HAS BEEN SPENT THAT WE SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT. IT IS HOW PRODUCTIVE ALL THOSE CALLS HAVE BEEN. EXCEPT FOR LATE HON LAKSHMAN KADIRAGAMAR REST ARE ALL HUMBUGS.

    willows Thursday, 10 February 2011 04:06 AM

    no gain with pain

    Knight Rider Thursday, 10 February 2011 04:09 AM

    So sad to see how they waste state funds when it can used to disaster management and urgent relief projects

    wand Thursday, 10 February 2011 04:23 AM

    May be we have a contest, who spends more in less number of visits. What a waste of public money.

    Upul Gunawardena Thursday, 10 February 2011 01:37 PM

    The Minister should justify the expenses to the public on how he has made the image of SL better by spending this kind of taxpayers money.

    MAnandan Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:04 AM

    Is this real Expenditure?

    Gamarala Thursday, 10 February 2011 01:39 PM

    Most of these guys have a Gala Time with public funds. Thats why they die for this. Its only few ministers who really work for the country. This is a very pathetic situation. What have they done to improve the image of this country abroad. They almost lost even whatever Hon President secured from Iran. These guys are a real burden to our economy.

    Riz Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:06 AM

    visit sri lanka 2011 - wonders of asia

    JUNIOR CITIZEN Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:07 AM

    yeah we need a value for money audit!

    babanis Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:06 AM

    gla glaa...

    bubanis Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:42 AM

    any many happy journey..........

    drake Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:54 AM

    thats why these people are VIPs. not common folk like you and me. they need to be treated in a special way. they are leaders.
    when i see these comments i can imagine what kind of thinking is common among you Srilankans. it sad. very sad. everyone here only think about themselves. not the country.
    a foreign visit is not like going to a local supermarket.

    sltk2004 Thursday, 10 February 2011 06:06 AM

    These are expenses that we need to do. These trips are required in order to develop the country.

    meranchi Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:07 PM

    Then he break mr bogollagama record

    Dinithi Thursday, 10 February 2011 05:35 PM

    This is just 70,000 dollars. Not lavish at all. On average his entourage has spend half a million rupees per visit. Thats is even better than late Kadiragamar.

    finoen Thursday, 10 February 2011 06:01 PM

    kick them out


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