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LG bodies: Govt. needs Rs.135 mn monthly to upkeep 8689 members

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According to local government ministry sources, Rs.135 million needs to be set aside monthly to pay the salaries of 8689 members elected to the local government bodies.

Accordingly, a mayor would receive Rs.30,000 a deputy mayor Rs. 25,000, a chairman Rs. 25,000 a deputy chairman 20,000 while a chairman of a Pradeshiya Sabha would get Rs. 25,000 and a deputy chairman of a Pradeshiya Sabha would be paid Rs. 15,000 as allowances.

In addition to the monthly allowances they are entitled to travelling expenses, telephone allowances, stamp duty and an allowance of Rs. 500 to 1,500 for attending various committee meetings.

In total at the recently concluded Local Government elections 8689 members were elected to 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas. This is nearly double the number of members elected previously which was 4486.( Jayantha Samarakone)


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  • Politikka Monday, 07 May 2018 09:46 AM

    Is it worth the public money spent?

    Real Peace Monday, 07 May 2018 11:29 AM

    Money is not the only issue here. These members should have passed at least 3 subjects in A/L.

    Unchikun Monday, 07 May 2018 09:49 AM

    Is that a comparatively large amount? What was the price paid for the car for Ranil ?

    Gamaya Monday, 07 May 2018 09:58 AM

    Not to worry. Since the number of politicians went up from 4000 to 8000 we should be developing faster, right?

    Arnold Monday, 07 May 2018 10:15 AM

    What a waste. But no one will settle for 30,000 and 25,000. they will find the ways and means to make much more than that.

    Lankaboy Monday, 07 May 2018 10:18 AM

    Utter waste of money.. if we have competent ministers and officials under ministry..and in GA/AGA level officials..we can save a lot.. No need for provincial Gov and LG members and then Tax free for PG members and corruption and bribes for each members.... So much for people to burden.

    Leo Monday, 07 May 2018 10:26 AM

    Pathetic. Does even one of these so called lift a finger to help the people or the country.

    malij Monday, 07 May 2018 10:43 AM

    Judging by the caliber and from the reports before and after the LG elections regarding their behavior, the bribery and corruption factor will sky rocket to upkeep the 8689 members.

    Osanda Monday, 07 May 2018 10:44 AM

    Why should one government spend to keep up the drug dealera and thugs, better abolish this system, one member from Rathmalana openly involved in drug dealing and police behave like unseen.. pathetic Sri Lanka.

    Brainmaster Monday, 07 May 2018 10:43 AM

    Arnold and Lankaboy are fully correct. What a waste and path for new corruption. via DM Android App

    TJ Monday, 07 May 2018 11:41 AM

    Hope they are not white elephants

    Sam Monday, 07 May 2018 11:55 AM

    It's not the cost of the salaries that is the problem. The more there are the more they steal, bribe and obtain by crooked means.

    Sincere Monday, 07 May 2018 12:04 PM

    No problem. We still eat parippu.

    Ceylon Monday, 07 May 2018 12:17 PM

    All these are money eating unproductive useless jobs.400 enough and sack the rest.corruptions un limited.

    Harini Monday, 07 May 2018 12:50 PM

    How about also introducing Performance Indicators and compulsory progress reports against performance attached to campaign promises and administrative initiatives that can be publicly viewed in real time and published for all to see (rank/party/seniority notwithstanding)? Then politicians can be publicly monitored and held accountable to the voting public and their benefits and salaries that are paid by tax payer rupees actually estimated whether deserved or not? Good governance should begin with a public system of accountability and checks and balances for all public servants.

    samurai Monday, 07 May 2018 02:41 PM

    if we take the average salary per person as 20000/=, monthly salary cost would be over 172 Million, How does it comes 135 Million ?????

    Sambo Monday, 07 May 2018 04:49 PM

    What a waste of public money to upkeep unwanted language. just try to calculate the amount that will be robbed by 8689

    Job bank. Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:28 PM

    THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN EXPERIENED POLITICIAN APPOINTED TO RESTRUCTURE LG BODIES.HE HAS INCREASED THE QUANTITY NOT THE QUALITY. via DM Android App

    Roger Halliday Wednesday, 09 May 2018 08:10 AM

    Yes these provincial local bodies are there just to give jobs and encourage them to rob. Please tell the people what these local bodies do with all these monies spent. They behave like rowdies at their meetings. They are there not to serve but to rob. These bodies are created to fool the people.


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