Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday pledged to grant public servants all benefits slashed by the government since the outbreak of COVID-19.
He also pledged to grant salary increments to public servants as per the Ranukge commission recommendations.
Speaking during an election meeting in Homagama, Mr Wickremesinghe said all salary increments and promotions recommended by the Ranukge commission will be given to public servants. " We were to implement the recommendations made by the Ranukge commission from January this year but we could not as we were voted out of power. However we will implement it if we are elected back to power" Mr. Wickremesinghe said.
He also pledged to increase salaries of the security forces and police. " Security forces and the police too will benefit from the concessions we are planning" he added.
The former Prime Minister further said he will use the international contacts of UNP to send an entire brigade to the UN Peace keeping force. " We will include the navy into the peace keeping force " he said while highlighting that it will help the security forces to earn more.
"The Sri Lankan economy did not come down because of COVID-19 but due to ineffective economic management. We will grant all the slashed benefits if we are voted back into power" he reiterated.
Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed that a UNP government will generate a sum of dollars 6 billion to provide concessions to the people.
UNP Colombo district candidate Daya Gamage who also participated in the meeting said many countries would assist Sri Lanka if a UNP led government comes to power in August. "A UNP government will make a difference" he said.(Yohan Perera)
Roshan samarathunga Wednesday, 08 July 2020 02:28 AM
Please don’t believe what immortal leader promised. Last 50 years he pledged various promises. Only thing he can promise he will another 50 years. Perhaps till 120. Oldest immortal leader on the planet.
sam silva Wednesday, 08 July 2020 02:53 AM
Will say anything to get the votes, what a shame.
Jaffna Tamil Wednesday, 08 July 2020 02:55 AM
If you had been in power, as soon as Covid-19 hit Sri Lanka, you would have rushed to the Americans and the Indians begging them to help us deal with the virus. Both Americans and Indians would sent couple of “ experts” to Sri Lanka and by now we would have lost half the population in our country.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:33 AM
DAILY MIRROR HAVE YOU GOT A CONTRACT WITH THIS CRIMINAL TO FEATURE HIM ON A REGULAR BASIS?
SHAME ON YOU. IF YOU RESPECT THE INTEGRITY OF JOURNALISM YOU MAY PUBLISH THIS!
jude Cedric Wednesday, 08 July 2020 05:36 AM
see who is talking
Nilanka Pushpa Wednesday, 08 July 2020 06:52 AM
Ya right!! you have been granting this since 1993 and you want another 5 year to do this. Please grant us your retirement we will be much happy.
Samson Wednesday, 08 July 2020 08:21 AM
Who will believe you when you have not kept any promise after last election?
Doc Wednesday, 08 July 2020 08:46 AM
The man who pledged to make SL like Singapore everytime he contested ...but failed to do so after becoming PM for five times...yet has the odacity to contest again promising things...You can't blame him for that coz he is followed by blind demented green blooded bigots
Nihal Amarasekera Wednesday, 08 July 2020 10:12 AM
Postal voting round the corner!
Nimal Wednesday, 08 July 2020 04:50 PM
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