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The Sri Lankan public sector is one of the biggest in the region, with a ratio of 3.9 civil servants to every 100 people, say economists. The Sri Lankan public sector is one of the biggest in the region, with a ratio of 3.9 civil servants to every 100 people, say economists. “Sri Lanka has one of the largest bureaucracies in the Asian region,” said Shankar Acharya an Indian economist and an external consultant to the World Bank on Thursday.

Acharya was speaking at the launch of a new country report by the World Bank.

Sri Lanka maintains 3.9 civil servants to every 100 people compared to 1.2 civil servants in India 1.5 in Pakistan and 0.6 in Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka’s public service is big even compared to East Asian Countries.

China maintains 2.8 government servants for every 100 people while it is 2.1 for Indonesia, 2.2 for Korea and 4.5 for Malaysia.

The Asian regional average is 2.6 public servants per every 100 people.

Sri Lanka’s large civil service eats up around three percent of GDP as wages and between 1990 – 2001, the grew at 3.6 percent annually – faster than the growth in population and labor force.