President says ‘No’ to MPs’ pay hike

The Polonnaruwa New Market Complex built at a cost of Rs. 6.4 million under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa programme was opened by President Maithripala Sirisena on August 4. This was one among the 180 new projects launched on a concept of President Sirisena under the Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Programme. Here, the President speaking to some children on the occasion. Polonnaruwa’s Mayor Chanaka Ranasinge, Tamankaduwa Pradeshya Sabha Chairman Premasiri Munasinghe and Polonnaruwa Traders’ Association President Anura Basn

President Maithripala Sirisena says that he will not approve any increase in the salary for Members of Parliament.

He made these comments while addressing the gathering during an event in Polonnaruwa. The President stated that he will not permit the increase of MPs salaries by even 5 cents.

Certain reports published in newspapers and websites had claimed that the salaries of MPs are to be increased by 215 percent and that the relevant proposal has been submitted to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

However, the Speaker’s Office issued a statement yesterday in response to these reports, saying that no final decision has been taken on the matter.

The statement said that according to a proposal passed in Parliament on 23.11.2006, it was decided that the increase of salaries for MPs and Ministers should be carried out parallel to the salary increase of judges of the higher courts.

In this backdrop, the Speaker recently sent the notifications received by him pointing that the salaries of MPs should match the recent salary increase in the judicial sector, to the Secretary General of Parliament in order to present observations.

“However, no final decision has been taken so far regarding an increase of the salaries of MPs and Ministers,” the release said.

It also said that opinions can be sought during the Party Leaders’ Meeting and finally from the public representatives in Parliament as to whether the decision taken on 23.11.2006 or another procedure will be followed when reaching a decision on this matter. 

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