UNP government will grant all allowances that were not given to state employees in 2020 - Ranil

Jul 08, 2020

UNP government will grant all allowances that were not given to state employees in 2020 - Ranil

Colombo (Sri Lanka) July 8: Former Prime Minister and Leader of the United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe said all the allowances that were due to be given to the public servants in January 2020 according to a decision taken by the former United National Front government and the present government failed to grant will be given under a future UNP government.
Mr. Wickremesinghe stressed that the present economic crisis began in January 2020, before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, and pointed out that the government's failure to pay the allowances due to the public sector employees in January would prove it.
The UNP leader was speaking at a rally in Homagama organized by UNP Colombo District candidate Daya Gamage yesterday (07).
The former Premier said the UNP is seeking a mandate this time to reach a consensus with the people and part of that is to provide all allowances withheld by the present government to the public servants.
Mr. Wickremesinghe pointed out that the country's trade should be improved by giving money to the hands of the people and instead of giving money into the hands of the public servants the present government is deducting money from their salaries without their consent for various funds.
The former Prime Minister said that the past Sinhala and Tamil New Year in April was historical in the sense that it was a year the public servants were not paid festival advance for the first time in the history.
Mr. Wickremesinghe said under the government he was serving as Prime Minister, the salaries of state employees by 107 percent in five years and asked where else in the world such a raise was granted.
He also stated that during the UNF government the salaries of the police officers have been increased by 40% and the salaries of the army officers have been increased by eight times in the last five years.
The UNP leader added that Ranugge's report on public salaries would be implemented soon after the UNP comes to power.
Source: The Colombo Page