Police officials not paid travelling allowances: Anura Kumara

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JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today the government had suspended the recently increased commuted travelling allowance to the police department and inquired whether it would take steps to pay it.

He told Parliament that a circular had been issued to increase the commuted travelling allowance of government servants in line with the increase in the basic salary from August 23, 2018 and added that even though it was paid to all government servants, it was not paid to the police department.

"The allowance has been paid for nine days in August for several police divisions and for three months to the state intelligence service," he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said the increased allowance had been suspended saying that increase was not necessary for the police department as they are paid a travelling allowance for 24 days.

"When the police personnel, who were not entitled to Saturday, Sunday or public holidays, were paid travelling allowance for 24 days, all the other government servants are paid travelling allowance for 12 days and overtime for 200 hours. That overtime rate was increased in line with the salary increase. When the police personnel are paid 24-day travelling allowance, the other government servants are paid 12 days travelling allowance and overtime allowance. So the 24-day travelling allowance paid to the police department is not surpassing the allowance paid to the other government servants," he explained.

The leader of the House, Lakshman Kiriella said steps would be taken to pay the commuted travelling allowance to the police department and that a Cabinet paper has been presented in this regard on August 23, 2018. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Gratiaen Hewa. Thursday, 24 January 2019 09:28 PM

    Thank you so much, Hon.Anura Kumara Dissanayake for speaking on behalf of our Police officers who perform 24 hours duties under trying circumstances.We are very grateful to you!!!

    Adahas Friday, 25 January 2019 07:39 AM

    Eating in restaurants without paying the bills, tickeless travelling in busses, buying meat in meat stalls, kasippu in taverns, selling law and order for bribes are the shameless acts of the entire Police of this countryincluding DIG, IGP. Shame for their children and whole generations! A Primitive, uncultured, uncivilised, barbaric lot.

    Dutchy Friday, 25 January 2019 08:24 AM

    Police duties are challenging and life risking. Police deserve the highest salaries on govt payroll.

    Dutchy Friday, 25 January 2019 08:25 AM

    Police duties are challenging and life risking. Police deserve the highest salaries on govt payroll.

    cheers Friday, 25 January 2019 08:36 AM

    No money to pay as you buggers robbed the country with UNP. Pay from your Salary as you get paid right have they ever stopped your salary and Malik will tell about your summa

    Ragula Friday, 25 January 2019 02:57 PM

    Police stations were attacked by JVP once, a good chance Anura.


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