Cabinet Ministers to forgo pay for a year

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Cabinet Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said, all Cabinet Ministers agreed to serve without a salary for one year.

He said, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented the proposal to Cabinet, and all ministers concurred.

Gunawardena said yesterday (7), at the weekly Cabinet Media briefing that a Cabinet Paper was presented to work without a salary for a year.

“Normally, a minister receives a salary of Rs 65,000 plus allowances. In addition, the fuel allowance is the highest amount. Amid the country’s economic crisis, however, every minister decided not to accept their salary,” he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe previously said, it has been decided not to pay salaries to Cabinet Ministers of the new Government which will be appointed in the future, and that they will instead receive the average salary of an MP.

Wickremesinghe has informed the incoming ministers that due to the ongoing public protests, ministers will be limited to using only one backup vehicle at a time. He also said no minister will be permitted to use pilot vehicles. After the country’s protests subside, the Prime Minister also decided to halt the provision of backup vehicles to ministers.

By Thameenah Razeek