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On a proposal made last month by Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake, the Colombo Municipal Council’s Standing Committee on Finance has approved a 125% increase on the basic allowance being paid to councillors, CMC member Sharmila Gonawala said yesterday.

She told Daily Mirror that the basic allowance of the 119 councillors would be increased to Rs.45 000 from the previous Rs.20 000.

“It is unfair to double the basic allowance of councillors because finally it is the people who have to foot the bill through their taxes. While there are many burning issues such as dengue and garbage disposal in the Colombo Municipal limits, it is unjust to increase the allowances of councillors,” she said.

Ms.Senanayake rejected these claims and said she had proposed an increase on the basic allowance of councillors by Rs.25,000 considering the issues faced by them having considered the low salaries being paid as people’s representatives.

She said in making this proposal she had considered the less privileged councillors which mainly included youth and women who were willing to work hard to improve the Colombo MC limits.

“Rs. 20,000 is a small amount. A member cannot even pay his or her public transport for a month with this. It is necessary to provide these members with a sufficient allowance to be motivated to work more efficiently,” Ms. Senanayake said. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)

  Comments - 9

  • lkboy Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:26 AM

    Productivity. lol.

    AJ Friday, 17 August 2018 03:03 PM

    Looks like Rosy is pushing her self serving agenda.The teachers contribute more the country than any of these counselors. Who is concerned about teachers?

    Rasheed Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:00 AM

    Very soon Colombo residents has to pay higher rates. More burden for the public.

    Vipin B Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:00 AM

    This is creating the platform for another strike. Salary increments may be required. However, they need to be done for the full govt working structure rather than in isolation for certain specific groups. This way, people start comparing and that leads to frustration and strikes.This is an example of poor leadership focusing on short-term results.

    CITIZEN Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:27 AM

    These so-called peoples' reps think the property of the public and their money in their trust "are their grand mother's/grand father's wealth"! This women wasted millions of public money to modify and raise to 5-star level her toilet. I think because the nature will refuse!!! Disgrace! Disgrace!! Disgrace!!! These rogues should be showered with human excreta!!!

    prince Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:30 AM

    Good Idea. for Rs. 20000 per month a person cannot live nowdays. Give them a pay hike which they deserve. however workers productivity should increase also.

    Sunil Thursday, 16 August 2018 11:40 AM

    Why not spend millions to give them luxury toilet facilities?

    Nalin Friday, 17 August 2018 03:11 PM

    Please stop waste and unnecessary expenditure and reduce the excessive rates. The Municipality does not even acknowledge appeals made for excessive rates.

    will Monday, 20 August 2018 10:18 AM

    Though she thinks municipality is able to afford such increment,all lower grade workers pay poorly, they should have to consider before councilors ,who spent millions to be appointed -


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