Referring to the Government’s decision to increase the salaries of MPs, the JO said today it was unfair to increase the salaries at this juncture, when people were crushed with undue taxes imposed on them.
It was reported that the salaries of all Parliamentarians were to be increased by approximately 215 per cent to be on par with the recent salary increase given to Judges.
The need to increase salaries had come up for discussion at the party leaders meeting held on July 17.
Accordingly, the salary of an MP would be increased from Rs.54, 285 to Rs.120, 000 while the salary of a Deputy Minister goes up from Rs.63, 500 to 135, 000 while the salary of a Minister and a State Minister would be increased from Rs.65, 000 to Rs.140, 000.
Addressing a news briefing, JO MP Shehan Semasinghe said it would be another attempt of the Government to divert the attention of people from the prevailing crisis in the country.
“We will come to a unanimous decision after discussing the matter with JO party leaders. However, the JO is in a position to say that it was unfair to do so. Hence, JO would raise its voice on this matter in the next Parliamentary sitting,” the MP said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Whilst People are suffering...how can the People's Representatives.....Party.
johan Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:28 PM
JO Bunch has already billions of looted money in their accounts. Then why salary nincrease
lkboy Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:08 PM
So then tell it to your leaders!
Unchikun Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:15 PM
This is s guy who is very critical of any move taken by the government. On this issue he is not opposing it. He needs to consult his leaders. These fellows are all the same.
Lankaboy Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:21 PM
we know , you guys try to score politically. Given the amount Ministers and MP rob from public money, this increment is peanut.. I dont think public need to concern amount his increment..But should up rise against the corruption which happens in millions/billions..
Ceylon Thursday, 02 August 2018 02:54 PM
Increase their salaries,decrease their corruptions.
Labby Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:02 PM
This is called 'playing to the gallery'. A Joint Opposition member was present at the discussion when this decision was taken. Why didn't they oppose it at that time?
GAMAYA Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:11 PM
Then do not take the salary increment and prove it to the public. These cheap politicians want to take a political advantage rather than the good faith.
Anthony Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:27 PM
What he is saying is not from his heart, just trying to achieve political mileage.
dave Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:00 PM
the voice is from his heart or gut or colon or whatever. someone should raised this issue. dont be hypocrite
Sun Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:40 PM
Actually they do not need salary or salary increases. Just being a Politican is enough. Take for instance once a MP in the JVP who had to contribute his salary and later formed his own party and joined the coalation party became Minister and a millionaire with houses n assets worth more. Now these are shouting against increases
Dam Thursday, 02 August 2018 03:48 PM
Yes they say "Unfair" ... If they are really concern about the people stand up against the Govt. decision and say that they don't accept the pay rise. Will they? no ... in the press briefing is to shed crocodile tiers
Jaya Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:00 PM
Can't you ask from JO leadership to pay the salaries of these poor people who are in the Government. You can easily get their support as well. Then we won't be victimized.
Sincere Thursday, 02 August 2018 04:56 PM
Can JO prove it by action? Can they reject their increased salaries? Then they will be able to prove to us that they are honest politicians! We are awaiting their next news conference to inform us that they rejected the increased salaries. Guys, now the ball is in your court!
gamini Thursday, 02 August 2018 05:16 PM
not one JO MP will reject the pay rise, they will all pocket it and pretend to be saints to the public
Dee Thursday, 02 August 2018 09:03 PM
You go and ask your 'boralugoda lion cub' if he was sleeping when the request was made?
Buddhist Thursday, 02 August 2018 09:47 PM
Which is better increasing the salaries of MPs so that they need not seek for bribe and steal money or to keep the salaries low and allow them and protect them so that they can take bribe and steal money. How many of the JO MPs have these accusations?
Kumar Thursday, 02 August 2018 10:03 PM
It is best to give salary increases to a newly elected assembly after the next general election. The nobody can accuse the fat cat getting more cream.
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