It has been revealed in Parliament that the expenses of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official staff during the past three years have exceeded Rs. 1340 million of taxpayers’ money.
This had been disclosed at the Parliament by Chief Government Whip, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena in response to a question raised by JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who had stated that presently there are 1348 persons attached to the official staff of the President including Uva UPFA Provincial Council polls candidate and close relative of the President – Shashindra Rajapaksa who even at present, holds the position of a private secretary to President Rajapaksa.
Minister Gunawardena had stated that the total value of the expenses of the Presidential staff during the past three years was Rs. 1,340,575,569.15, with some Rs 994,492.26 per staffer. Apart from their monthly salaries, each worker is entitled to a series of allowances to which includes transportation and fuel allowances.
Meanwhile, it had been pointed out by Minister Gunawardena that the present number of workers in the President’s staff is much lesser than the actual number that has been approved which is 1,488.
Dissanayake had pointed out that the numbers are appalling since only Rs.1.1 million is allocated for the Health Sector in the country.
It was also recently pointed out that the daily expenses of the President amounts to Rs. 23,400,000.