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Parliament’s Budget Officer to get handsome salary of Rs 665,000

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Colombo, April 16 (Daily Mirror) - Parliament is offering a total monthly salary of Rs 665,000 to a ‘budget officer’ which is a newly created post in the House.

As per the official website the basic salary of the budget officer is said to be Rs 408,360 while it will come to a total of Rs 665,000 with all allowances.

The age limit of the officer should be 65 years. Any eligible person should possess at least 15 years of experience in the government budgeting, financial policy, fiscal policy or macroeconomic analysis according to the official notice of the House.

However Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MP and Chairman of Committee on Public Finance (COPF) Harsha de Silva in his X message said a former senior multilateral agency professional would fit in to the job. The budget officer will be hired on a five year contract according to him.

The post was created under section 14 of Parliamentary Budget Office Act, No. 6 of 2023. Applications are invited from citizens of Sri Lanka who are competent, honest, of high moral integrity and of good repute are eligible for the post. A deputy budget officer’s post is also created under the said legislation.

The Parliamentary Budget Office was established with the intention of assisting the legislature in its performance of public finance responsibilities under the Constitution. The Parliamentary Budget Office shall be independent, non-partisan, and exclusive of and protected from any political influence.

  Comments - 12

  • Rip Winkle Tuesday, 16 April 2024 08:45 PM

    Everything about this is so bloody ridiculous! Everything!

    Be Fair Tuesday, 16 April 2024 08:47 PM

    Good pay them well, so they will not rob

    Sam D Silva Tuesday, 16 April 2024 09:17 PM

    I guess a relative of S. Rathnayaka would be posted eventually.

    PGPThilak Tuesday, 16 April 2024 09:57 PM

    Useless starts and cannot bear such a huge cost to our nation and create another wage war asking more salaries!!! And also Only increasing burden on general public for comforting life of white collar class!!!

    DillonDP Tuesday, 16 April 2024 10:53 PM

    competent, honest, of high moral integrity you would need to search someone in the moon

    Patcitz Tuesday, 16 April 2024 11:48 PM

    Is this post created to reward Arjun Mahendran

    Steve Wednesday, 17 April 2024 04:35 AM

    Budget Officer with a very high budget ?

    Sambo Wednesday, 17 April 2024 07:36 AM

    These will all be cancelled after elections.

    Nimal Wednesday, 17 April 2024 10:05 AM

    Undoubtedly a henchman of the pina has been earmarked for this post.

    Foot note Wednesday, 17 April 2024 03:32 PM

    When there is actually no proper national budget? What is the job description?

    FredSnR Wednesday, 17 April 2024 03:51 PM

    Sri Lankas problems are basic , spending more than they earn and printing money to bridge the deficit, cost overruns, lack of financial discipline, no accountability What role will a sophisticated budgets officer play in such an environment A good budget officer will have to ensure financial discipline if he is to do his job, among other things. Otherwise he will become a mere tool, just to carry out orders given to him from above and an extra burden to the tax payer Or will his primary role be something else not that of a conventional Budgets Officer dealing with budgets and Income and Expenditure as suggested by Harsha de Silva.Either way the financial discipline side should not be overlooked. It is at the heart of Sri Lankas problems and the key to its future success and the only way to a balanced budget and eventually a surplus with or without the help of a budgets officer.

    Siriyawathie Gonapala Wednesday, 17 April 2024 06:30 PM

    "....who are competent, honest, of high moral integrity and of good repute are eligible for the post" - lucky no politicians can apply as they all fail all except Kaputa!!

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