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New circular addresses leave approval for Gov officials stranded abroad amid Covid

May 09, Colombo (LNW): A recent circular has been released concerning the approval of leave for government officials who departed the country during the COVID-19 pandemic but were unable to return due to ongoing travel restrictions.

The circular was issued by the Secretary of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils, and Local Government.

It delineates the procedures for managing the leave status of officials unable to resume work as scheduled due to pandemic-related circumstances.

The circular provides guidance to Secretaries of Ministries, Provincial Chief Secretaries, and Department Heads on the protocol for approving both unpaid and paid leave for government employees unable to report back to work on or before their designated return dates due to COVID-19, in accordance with the Establishment Code.

Additionally, the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration has mandated the initiation of resignation procedures for any government officials who have failed to report to duty without obtaining formal leave approval.

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