The motion to increase salaries of the Chief Justice and Supreme Court and Appeal Court justices was unanimously passed without a debate in Parliament yesterday.

Following the motion being presented in the House by Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella on behalf of the Prime Minister, Minister Kiriella queried if the same would be possible to be passed without a debate. The opposition members responded positively.

Responding to the query Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardane answered that his group was agreeable while the other opposition parties did not object. According to the resolution, pensionable allowance of the aforesaid judicial officers would be increased up to 50 percent of the salary, effective from January 1, 2018 while a monthly professional allowance of Rs 150,000

which is reckoned for pension purposes in place of the special non pensionable allowance of Rs 15,000 per month which was paid earlier.

According to the resolution, Cabinet approval for the above motion had been granted on February 20 this year according to the Cabinet Memorandum dated February 17 submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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