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Public service resumes at full capacity today

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COLOMBO (News 1st): The Ministry of Public Services, Provincial Councils, and Local Government has decided to recall all public servants to work from today (Jan.

3).According to the circular issued by the Ministry of Public Service, the public service will resume at full capacity with effect from Monday (Jan.3), in accordance with the health guidelines issued by the Director-General of Health Services.Given the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, public servants were allowed to work at the discretion of the respective Head of Institution, in the recent past.

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