Deputy Minister of Social Empowering and Welfare, Ranjan Ramanayaka has refused to accept an additional allowance granted to all Parliamentarians.
In a letter addressed to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, MP Ramanayaka said that he had decided to make a sacrifice in aligning himself with the masses, who continued to support the government while they them themselves were suffering and having to reshape their lives due to the enormous state debts the country has incurred.
He urged Speaker to take necessary steps to stop paying him the additional allowance of Rs. 100,000.
The cabinet on 29th of November had approved the proposal to increase the off allowances granted to all Parliamentarians.
Minister of Parliamentary Reforms & Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilaka 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 work in their respective electorates.