The President says parliament should set the first example of efficiency.

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President Maithripala Sirisena says that parliament should set the first example of efficiency in a country which is moving to achieve its development goals. The efficiency of parliament has an impact on the public service. He pointed out that efficiency of all sectors are important to achieve development targets. The president said this in Colombo today while attending the inauguration ceremony of the first global summit on evaluation.

More than 100 parliamentarians representing 70 countries are attending the summit which is being hosted by Sri Lanka. Speaking further, the President said that efficiency of parliament is also important to other consultative committees.

Therefore, the members of parliament should constantly evaluate the value of parliament. He said that the main factor of maintaining efficiency is the number of days that the members of parliament would attend the sessions. Pointing out to the reports which say about the increased efficiency of women, the president emphasized the need to increase women representation to improve efficiency of parliament.

The President said that there should be a women’s representation of 60 percent in parliament. Reports have disclosed that the efficiency of state sector, which has about 1.5 million workers, is between 30 to 35 percent. The president emphasized it was not a commendable situation.

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