COLOMBO, March 18 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday launched a five-year Anti-Corruption Action Plan aiming to create a corruption-free country by 2023.
The plan was unveiled in capital Colombo with Sirisena saying that legal action would be taken against all those involved in corruption including state and private sector officials, politicians and social activists.
Local media reported that the plan had been prepared after amending several laws, which had been implemented to fight fraud and corruption, including the Bribery Act.
With the new anti-corruption plan, state officials are banned from accepting any form of bribery as gifts or presents in exchange for providing services.
Additionally, four handbooks were also released on Monday alongside the action plan, exploring decisive factors which would shape the course of combating bribery and corruption in the nation, local media said.