More curbs on govt officials’ foreign trips

News Desk :
The finance ministry has issued another circular clarifying policy and the restriction of traveling of government officials abroad.
The circular stated that the prohibitions mentioned in the earlier circular would be applicable to all government-semi-government and autonomous organizations.
These restrictions will also apply to travel abroad from the own funds of these organizations. In other words, government officials and employees cannot go abroad even with money from the internal funds such of any entities, reports news agncies.
The circular was signed on Monday (May 16) by AFM Fazle Rabbi, Deputy Secretary, State Institution-1, Sub-Branch, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance.
The circular states that restrictions on all types of foreign travel under the operating and development budget (as stated in the previous circular) will also apply to the use of funds of all statutory, state-owned, autonomous, semi-government institutions, state-owned companies and financial institutions.
The Finance Division said the order was issued with the approval of the appropriate authorities and would come into effect immediately.
All foreign travels, including familiarisation trips, study tours, workshops and seminars, will be suspended until further notice due to the current global crisis and the subsequent economic recovery, the government had said earlier.
On May 11, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said the government had taken a decision on unnecessary foreign trips.
“The prime minister was clear – no more trips abroad without sufficient need. They can only go if the situation warrants it.”