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Fifty-five legislators, mostly belonging to the ruling party, assigned to monitor the development projects, are given Rs. 200, 000 each a month as transport allowance, it is learnt.

Joint Opposition MP Gamini Lokuge said he had obtained the name list of these MPs by making a submission under the Right to Information Act.

Mr Lokuge had made his submission on May 28, 2018, seeking details in this regard.

Information Officer of the Land and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry L. B. S. B. Dayaratne had responded to Mr Lokuge on June 20, 2018.

The transport allowance is paid in accordance with a Cabinet decision taken on June 21, 2016. Afterwards, the Land and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry had taken the initiative to pay this allowance upon receipt of letters from President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Joint Opposition MP Kanchana Wijesekara also brought this to the notice of Parliament last week.

Asked about this, Land and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Gayantha Karunatilake confirmed the payment of such an allowance to these MPs.

The Minister said these MPs had been assigned positions at the Development Coordinating Committees at district and divisional levels.

“They have been assigned to monitor the implementation of the government’s development projects and activities. It is nothing new.

“The previous Government also did the same through the Economic Development Ministry. Even special vehicles were provided at that time,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Lord Wolfstein Monday, 13 August 2018 09:37 AM

    MPs should not get permanent vehicles. As in other countries, they should get vehicles and drivers from the Parliament vehicle pool, whereby the drivers are responsible and accountable for the vehicle and refueling. Only the given Parliament drivers are permitted to drive the vehicle. For private rides with the official vehicle the MPs have to pay by the km.

    observer Monday, 13 August 2018 07:03 PM

    You are referring to SL which is corrupted to the max and and also a third world country

    Nihal Monday, 13 August 2018 10:07 AM

    See we all citizens cheated again both parties are same doing same thing everywhere we seeing hearing Corruption my dear fellow citizens were all Desperately Need A NEWTough Fearless Educated Gentleman as a Presidential CANDIDATE not from their both parties think seriouly about it

    Lankan in USA Monday, 13 August 2018 10:29 AM

    Only this in Sri Lanka. Even not in USA. Horun Palana Rata.

    Samson Monday, 13 August 2018 03:23 PM

    Did anyone have 640000 in their possession before entering the WPC?

    Sisili Bisili Monday, 13 August 2018 07:28 PM

    Horapalanaya. They took the power saying they’ll eliminate those practices.

    Ahmed Monday, 13 August 2018 11:40 PM

    no wonder skilled people are leaving the country. sri lanka is good for politicians though.


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