Sri Lanka Customs is unhappy with a presidential directive that for
security purposes the Navy too would examine all sea cargo entering
the country. The presidential directive was issued solely for security
purposes, Director General of Customs (DCG) Sarath Jayatillkeke said
Customs sources are questioning whether this was a move to duplicate
their duties or was solely for security reasons.
The majority of customs rank and file were unhappy with the move but
were willing to train the Navy personnel on X-ray scanning of
important container cargo. Unfortunately all scanners are out of order
at the moment, Customs sources said.
A foreign couple ride past a protest by several
Government sector trade unions, affiliated to the All Ceylon Trade
Union Federation, opposite the Ministry of Public Administration
yesterday against a move by the Government to make a pass in the
efficiency barrier examination a must for promotion and continuity in
service for government servants.
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