Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lankan government is taking measures to introduce new salary scales for government employees in order to rectify the salary anomalies prevailing in the public sector, a government official has claimed.
According to a state-run TV report, the Chairman of the presidential commission on salaries and cadres M. N. Junaid has said that the commission is now working in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Government Treasury in this regard.
The government is now studying new salary scales to rectify salary anomalies in the public sector and the new salary scales will be applicable to the employees of State Corporations and Statutory Boards as well, Junaid has explained.
The Sri Lankan government in June announced that the wage hike it promised before the April general elections for the public sector workers would be granted in the 2011 budget, which will be presented to the House in November 2010.
Deputy Finance Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama presenting the 2010 budget in June said the wage hike for the public sector would be granted after formulating the new salary structure that will be the basis for the salary increase effective from 2011 budget.
According to Dr. Amunugama The government has taken steps to increase the salary level of the public employees from Rs. 7,900 to Rs. 11,730.
The government has to allocate 36 billion rupees to provide the proposed pay hike to the 1.2 million-strong public sector.
The new salary scales will be submitted to the President before finalizing budget proposals.
Trade unions affiliated with the Marxist opposition party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna demand the pay hike for all the employees including the private sector and plantation workers.