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Pay hike for teachers difficult during present economic crisis: Minister

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As much as 86 percent of the government’s revenue had been spent for the payment of salaries and remunerations in 2020 triggering public finance concerns for the country, and therefore this was not an appropriate time to grant a pay hike for teachers, trade Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

The Minister said he was fully agreeable for 100 per cent pay hike for school teachers, but it was something impossible given the depth of the economic crisis induced by the pandemic.

He said the government had no option other than further taxation if it wanted to increase welfare measures.

“Further taxation means further burdens for people,” he said.

The Minister said the previous Yahapalana government alienated national assets in a callous manner. (KELUM BANDARA)

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  • Jude Saturday, 24 July 2021 08:57 AM

    Procurement of 225 luxury vehicles NO issue!!

    dickie bird Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:02 AM

    It is not for the Minister to say but for the TEACHERS TO UNDERSTAND. Do we have teachers or MORONS?

    Asokagunasekara Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:03 AM

    What about duty free vehicles

    Jude Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:13 AM

    හොඳ යහපත් සමාජයක් බිහකිරීමේ මූලික පදනම විය යුත්තේ, ඉහලම වැටුප් අනිවාර්යෙන්ම හිමිවිය යුතුයි ගුරුවරුන්ට, හෙදියන්ට හා පොලිස් නිලධාරීන්ට !! ලොව පුරා දියුණු රටවල මෙය අතිශයින්ම සාමාන්‍ය දෙයක් !!

    Am-Pee Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:23 AM

    You have money for import of luxury vehicles? Reduce salaries and benefits to all parliamentarians, including commissions.

    Dingi Maama Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:34 AM

    Cut the unnecessary expenses earmarked for the sports ministry. Focus on developing the minds of our children and not improving the physical attributes of a selected few.

    nadarajah Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:49 AM

    what makes these fellows to get a tax free salary and allowances running in to couple of lakhs and a pension in 5 years .Only two weeks ago the staff of a state minister was also permitted pension in 5 years

    Sambo Saturday, 24 July 2021 09:57 AM

    So you now agree that there is an economic crisis. But as for Johnston the government has plenty of money.

    Roni Saturday, 24 July 2021 12:15 PM

    Why don't you tell them to do private tuition like you did.

    Arnold Saturday, 24 July 2021 12:28 PM

    Ask Hon Jonny. He claims to have enough money for everything.

    Mutt Sunday, 25 July 2021 08:19 AM

    He wanted to give Rs. 2,500/- per month!!!


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