While the public continued to tighten their belts and had to bear the brunt with increased cost of living due to heightened taxes, the cabinet has last night approved the proposal for increase allowances granted to Parliamentarians.
Minister of Parliamentary Reforms & Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka has today said that the proposal would be debated in Parliament soon.
The government has been attempting to grant bonanza after bonanza to MPs since coming to power last year, has proposed that the daily allowance of Rs. 500 given to all MPs be increased to Rs. 2500.
Apart from the increase in the daily allowance, the Cabinet has also approved the proposal for an additional allowance of Rs. 100,000 to be granted to MPs every month, to allow them to carry out their respective work in their respective electorates.
Meanwhile, members in the government benches have also called for an increase in the health insurance provided at present to MPs. Currently; each MP has a health insurance worth Rs. 200,000, which the government MPs wants increased to Rs. 500,000.
The joint opposition has yesterday said they were completely against the monthly allowance of Rs.100,000 to be paid to MPs. “One of the main slogans of the government during the election was against the mega Cabinet of the Rajapaksa government and its excessive spending. The people elected this government expecting a change, but instead of any changes, this government is now paying extra allowances having ignored all its hyped up election propaganda. Is this how it is keeping its promises” Bandula Gunawardane said.