CPC, CEB salaries burdening public – Kanchana

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There are many issues with regard to the salaries/allowances of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the employees of these two institutions are given a 25 per cent salary increment annually without any evaluation, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekara said in Parliament yesterday (29).

Wijesekara made this remark participating in the Adjournment Debate on the increased electricity tariffs.

The Minister accepted that increased tariffs can come as a burden to the public. “But we do not have any other alternative. We had to increase the tariffs because of the costs incurredby the CEB. At the moment, the CEB has to pay about Rs 760 million to the renewable energy projects and private power plants. Also, another Rs 310 million is needed to pay CPC,” Wijesekara said. Wijesekara claimed when he worked against certain ‘mafias’ in the CEB, he had to act alone.

BY Methmalie Dissanayake