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* Main opposition promises 10,000 rupee salary increase for Sri Lanka's public employees.
Tue, Mar 16, 2010, 08:10 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major opposition United National Front in their manifesto has promised to increase the salaries of public employees by 10,000 rupees.

The opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe released the first copy of their policy manifesto themed 'Relief for You - Development for the Country' to the clergy today at the party headquarters.

The defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka of the common opposition, the alliance between the UNP and the Marxist JVP, promised a 10,000 rupee pay hike during the presidential election campaign in January.

Following are several salient features of the manifesto.

  • Take measures to reduce the cost of living
  • Increase the salaries of the public servants by Rs. 10,000 with an immediate initial payment of Rs. 3500
  • Increase the minimum salary of the public servants to Rs. 30,000
  • Relief to the ailing industries and businesses
  • A dole for the unemployed persons
  • Increase of government registered price for paddy
  • Assistance for re-plantation of tea, rubber and coconut
  • High interest for the savings of the expatriate workers
  • Rs. 2000 instant allowance for the pensioners
  • A kitchen for each school to provide lunch to the students
  • Release of arrested opposition presidential candidate ex-Army Commander Sarath Fonseka
  • Reinstatement of the Constitutional Council and independent commissions
  • A referendum regarding the executive presidency within the first six months

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