"No pay cut for public servants"

Despite the economic difficulties faced by the Government, not even a rupee of the salaries of public servants will be deducted for the COVID Fund, said Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

The Minister was answering a question from journalists whether the Government would cut half a month’s salary of public servants for the COVID-19 Fund.

Minister Amaraweera said the Government is facing some difficulties economically. We are particularly hard hit by the foreign exchange deficit. Although our export earnings have dropped to some extent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not ready to pass on that burden to the public.

“We spend most of our time in Cabinet discussions on how to manage the economy with this pandemic situation. Some are building an opinion in society accusing the Government of planning to reduce the salaries of public servants by 50 percent. But, I want to make it clear that we will not deduct even a rupee from the salaries of public servants at this difficult time. People involved in essential services have been called upon to work, due to the pandemic situation,” he said.

“Managing the economy based on the current pandemic situation is not an easy task. Therefore, as politicians we have set an example. Government expenditure will be minimized. We are also ready to sacrifice the privileges of Ministers as well as Members of Parliament. All Ministers and Members of Parliament of the Government, including 14 members of the SLFP have already agreed to donate a month’s salary to the COVID Fund. We also have about 1,300 Pradeshiya Sabha members who have also donated their monthly salary. Others should set the example,” Minister Amaraweera said.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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