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Top salaries of SriLankan publicised on RTIC order

2018-07-20 08:24:34
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Following an order from the Right to Information Commission (RTIC) during the hearing of the RTI appeal filed by the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka (APGSL), SriLankan Airlines disclosed its top management’s salaries and the cost of personal flying training, borne by the company for its former CEO Suren Ratwatte.

RTIC Chaired by Mahinda Gammanpila on June 12 ruled that the SriLankan should divulge information connected to the top management’s salaries and the cost of flying training met by the company on behalf of its former CEO.

Accordingly, the monthly basic salary of the SriLankan CEO is LKR 3, 270,000 excluding other benefits.

Additional benefits enjoyed by the CEO include company maintained vehicle and driver, actual fuel cost, reimbursement of one annual club membership, same of one annual job related professional membership, Medi-call system with an annual limit of LKR 5000 for himself and per family member and staff travel benefits.

The cost of personal flying training for the A320 jet conversion borne by the company on behalf of its former CEO Suren Ratwatte is in total LKR 3,700,000 for a 14 days training (1st Phase - Ground School - LKR (350,000) and a 12 days training (2nd Phase - Simulator – LKR 3,400,000).

The Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the SriLankan receives a basic salary of LKR 1, 900,000 per month and an allowance of LKR 250,000 for furnished accommodation per month.

The CCO of the Sri Lankan is also entitled to the same additional benefits enjoyed by the CEO.

Meanwhile, the monthly basic salary of the Head of Human Resources (HHR) of the SriLankan Airlines is LKR 990,000 with two additional allowances of LKR 12,000 and LKR 3,500 as ‘Entertainment Allowance’ and Telephone Allowance respectively.

The HHR is also entitled with fuel allocation of 340 litres of petrol per month by the company, company maintained vehicle and driver, reimbursement of one annual club membership, same of one annual job related professional membership, medi-call system with an annual limit of LKR 5000 for himself and per family member and staff travel benefits.

The RTI application was first filed to the SriLankan under the RTI Act in June 2017 by the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka (APGSL).

The Information Officer of the SriLankan rejected the application.

Then, the APGSL appealed for the Designated Officer of the SriLankan, where the request was again rejected, making the appellant to finally make an appeal before the RTI Commission.

During the hearing of the appeal, SriLankan’s preliminary objection was that it was not a company under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and, therefore, not a public authority as defined in the RTI Act.

However, the SriLankan failed to prove its the preliminary objection before the RTI Commission, which made it to release the information to the public domain.

Captain Ruwan Vithanage, Captain Malik Latheef and S.M. Kankanamge from the APGSL represented as the appellant party.

Head of Group, Legal, Sri Lankan Airlines M.A. Ranasinghe and Manager of Group Legal Affairs, Sri Lankan Airlines Shiyara Sellamuttu represented the public authority.

The Information Officer of the SriLankan Airlines rejected the application.

Then, the APGSL appealed for the Designated Officer of the SriLankan Airlines, where the request was again rejected, making the appellant to finally make an appeal before the RTI Commission.

During the hearing of the appeal, SriLankan’s Airlines preliminary objection was that it was not a company under the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 and, therefore, not a public authority as defined in the RTI Act.

However, the Airlines failed to prove its the preliminary objection before the RTI Commission, which made it to release the information to the public domain.

Counsels Nalin Laduwahetty PC, Hafeel Farisz, Shamir Zawahir and Tharindi Wijeyapura represented on behalf of the appellant party. (Piyumi Fonseka)


  Comments - 27

  • Liquidate Friday, 20 July 2018 09:13

    Wind-up this loss making venture where self determined remuneration of the Airline is burdening the country.

    Reply : 8       107

    Dish Friday, 20 July 2018 17:13

    No winding up is not the solution. It's the national carrier of SL. All these issues are because of political influence. It need to privatize NOT another country but to our own local company.

    Reply : 8       45

    Liquidate Friday, 20 July 2018 09:14

    Wind-up this loss making venture where self determined remuneration of the Airline is burdening the country.

    Reply : 9       58

    FUN ON PEOPLES MONEY Friday, 20 July 2018 10:16

    Compelling this uneducated

    Reply : 3       27

    Harith Friday, 20 July 2018 10:03

    Why didn't they disclose all the captains who receive a 7 figure monthly salary?

    Reply : 7       81

    indi Friday, 20 July 2018 21:41

    because there are enough opportunities to draw a bigger salary elsewhere.

    Reply : 4       21

    Sam Friday, 20 July 2018 10:17

    Would be no issue if they were doing wonders for Sri Lanka, but lets face it they are not. Ridiculous waste of money.

    Reply : 1       72

    TOM Friday, 20 July 2018 10:34

    Likewise please reveal the salaries of the pilots at SriLankan Airlines please!People would be shocked to see!

    Reply : 2       68

    Mike Friday, 20 July 2018 18:08

    Pilot salaries are available online already on the SriLankan website

    Reply : 7       10

    Shehan Friday, 20 July 2018 10:47

    RIP SRI LANKAN.

    Reply : 2       42

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 20 July 2018 10:50

    No international airline manager would work for such a salary. But for unqualified people it's far too much.

    Reply : 5       48

    Huna Friday, 20 July 2018 11:06

    3 mil monthly salary for doing what exactly?

    Reply : 1       57

    Appu Friday, 20 July 2018 11:12

    As Sri Lanakans we always wanted to fly in UL (althought usually late) whenever possible thinking that it would benefit our country. Never knew that a CEO of a loss making company could earn so much per month (never mind if it was profitable). Now personally I will not fly Sri Lankan and would not recommend to anyone either. Airlines such as Thai better service and also cheaper compared with this bloddly blackhole

    Reply : 5       48

    Dr. Magedaragamage Friday, 20 July 2018 11:17

    If offered, I am willing to take over the chairmanship of Sri Lankan airline job for a monthly salary of Rs250,000/= without any other benefits to do the maximum I can do for the country, supported by an energetic and fully committed director board.

    Reply : 4       48

    HR Friday, 20 July 2018 12:53

    Present board is working with no salary till profit is reached.

    Reply : 4       27

    PC Friday, 20 July 2018 11:19

    This ridiculous 'joke' has gone way too far. Wind this up. We dont need this rot anymore.

    Reply : 4       26

    Brainmaster Friday, 20 July 2018 12:53

    Incredible. Such a high salary for people who do such a bad job. They should be made to paye back at least part of it. via DM Android App

    Reply : 0       26

    AJ Friday, 20 July 2018 16:14

    When are the culprits going to be charged and arrested?

    Reply : 0       15

    Sumal Friday, 20 July 2018 16:15

    Convert it as public private partnership. Then the competition and performance will be created.

    Reply : 1       12

    Upul Friday, 20 July 2018 17:33

    Any fool can see why this airline is running at a loss. The expenses are higher than the revenue earned. Is this not simple arithmetic?

    Reply : 0       12

    Dee Friday, 20 July 2018 18:36

    Can we disclose details of multiple apparments owned by pilots but in other people's names? And of course the cars.

    Reply : 0       12

    Ash Friday, 20 July 2018 18:45

    What is the recruitment policy and procedure at UL

    Reply : 0       9

    TONY Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:39

    SIMPLE. YOU SHOULD BE A MR HENCHMAN

    Reply : 1       4

    Karu Friday, 20 July 2018 20:34

    This explains the exhorbitant air fare to Trichy, it's shortest destination. Long live

    Reply : 0       8

    TONY Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:40

    WHAT ABOUT THE COST OF AIR FARE TO MALE. A 1 HR FLT. IT IS HIGHER THAN THE FARE FARE TO SINGAPORE OR MALAYSIA

    Reply : 0       3

    Luxman Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:17

    Not only the topmanagement what about graded staff salery on a highest level with highway tranportation allowances Inflight managers etc

    Reply : 0       4

    TONY Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:49

    THE AIRLINES CAN BE RUN PROFITABLY, IF THEY CAN CUT HIGH COSTS AND EVEN REDUCING AIR FARES TO ATTRACT MORE PASSENGERS

    Reply : 0       3

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