Exercising Parliament’s power as the sole authority on public finance, the United National Front (UNF) has submitted another motion to the Secretary-General of Parliament seeking to restrict all ministry secretaries from accessing public funds to pay salaries and emoluments of all ministers, state ministers, deputy ministers and members of their personal staff.
Six UNP MPs, namely Rajitha Senarartne, Ravi Karunanayake, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Arjuna Ranatunga, Mano Ganesan and Jayampathy Wickremaratne have signed the motion which will be included in the Order Paper. The motion is expected to be taken for a vote next week.
The motion, the MPs said, would prohibit ministry secretaries from defraying their expenses incurred in foreign travel and internal air travel.
The first motion, submitted by the UNP seeking to restrict S. Amarasekera, the Secretary to the purported Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, from accessing public funds will be taken for a vote on November 29.
“Article 148 of the constitution places Parliament in charge of all matters relating to public finance. The motions seek to exercise the Legislature’s powers over public finance and send a strong message to the purported government that it has no legitimate right to remain in office,” a UNP Parliamentarian told Colombo Telegraph.