Donating day’s salary to Govt. not applicable to Armed Forces, Police: Def. Sec.

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Donating a day’s salary to the Government to overcome the existing financial constraints due to coronavirus pandemic is not applicable to Tri-Forces, Police and Civil Defence Services personnel, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said.

Last week, President's Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara made a request from the public servants to donate their entire, part or day’s salary of May to the Widows' and Orphans' Pension Fund to overcome the financial constraints faced by the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following this request, the Ministry has sent a circular, to Heads of all establishments under the Ministry’s purview requesting to contribute a certain amount either with half salary, week’s salary or a day’s salary of May from their staff members to the Government to overcome the present financial constraints.

“We have requested them to donate their salaries only according to their willingness to contribute to the request made by President’s Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara,” he said.

Refuting certain social media comments on Defence Ministry’s directives to have a day’s pay cut from the Armed Forces and the Police, Maj. Gen. Gunaratne confirmed that this request was irrelevant to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Police and Civil Defence Department personnel to donate their day’s salary to the Government.

However, Defence Secretary issuing instructions to the Chief of Defence Staff, Acting Inspector General of Police and the Director-General Civil Security Department said that donating day’s salary is not relevant to Tri-Forces, Police and Civil Security Department.

 

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  • CITIZEN Sunday, 17 May 2020 09:20 PM

    DID YOU KNOW THAT PBJ IS LEGALLY BARRED FROM HOLDING GOVT OFFICE. NOW HE COMES AND DIRECTS GOVT SERVANTS TO DONATE SALARIES. HE GETS THE WINGS FROM GOTA

    Sokrates Monday, 18 May 2020 09:30 AM

    Absolutely correct; the president is also illegally in office. It is an imposition that the state employees should pay for the government's mismanagement. By the way. Sri Lanka is so rich that 25% of the working population can work as government servants. In Germany it is 13%.

    Lumbini Monday, 18 May 2020 08:59 AM

    Are Armed Forces, Police not public servants?

    Lester pieres Monday, 18 May 2020 09:15 AM

    What about the foreign aid the received by the government? Can't these funds be used for widows n orphans fund?

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 18 May 2020 09:31 AM

    Oh according to the logic of this chap, armed forces are not State Employees.

    Samson de silva Monday, 18 May 2020 10:05 AM

    In giving instructions on "comments" you mention that comments will be edited (grammar, spelling etc. ). That's good. However, don't you think that it is equally important to edit the article. Just look at the horrible manner, this article is written.


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