Sri Lanka’s army has decided to vacate posts of over 16,000 deserted military personnel on a budget proposed by President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the island nation struggling to reduce government spending ahead of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal, Economy next media reported.
President Wickremesinghe last month proposed to give voluntary early retirement for military personnel in order to reduce the spending on military and train retired military personnel for other skills aiming to use the human resources for the country’s economy.
Ministry of Defence declared general amnesty for the Tri-Forces absentees, enabling legal discharge from the respective services. The period of general amnesty is in force from 15 November 2022 until 31 December 2022.
But Sri Lanka’s current action is not affecting the Sri Lankan military’s strength or expenditure because it is going to get rid of already deserted soldiers to fool the IMF and international communities, a political commentator said to Quest media,