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* Sri Lankan government increases allowances for health sector workers
Mon, Jan 13, 2014, 10:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 13, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has taken measures to increase several allowances paid to the state sector health workers, from the beginning of this year, the Finance Ministry announced.

Accordingly, the government has increased the uniform allowance paid to health sector staff and the telephone allowance paid to the Para Medical Officers.

The health sector staff receiving the increased Uniform Allowance includes Nursing Officers, Midwives, Public Health Officers, Public Health Field Officers of Anti- Malaria Filaria, Entomological Assistants, School Dental Therapists, Veterinary Vaccinators, Animals Unit Controllers, Health Drivers and Junior Health Staff.

A monthly allowance will be granted to the apprentice doctors of Health Service who are engaged in prevention of deceases.

Additionally, "Interim Allowance" paid to Nursing Officers, Para Medical Officers and Junior Staff of Health Service, who serve in the special hospitals and medical units, has been increased.

Revisions pertaining to new allowances and increase of existed allowances granted according to the 2014 budget proposals will take effect from January 1st this year.

The Treasury has given instructions in this respect to the Secretary, Ministry of Health, the Finance Ministry said.

The health sector trade union launched token strikes last year demanding the government to increase their various allowances.

The demands include Rs. 10,000 allowance per month for transport, attendance and risks, increase of the minimum overtime allowance up to Rs. 200 an hour and Rs. 4,000 communication allowance for Grade 01 and Special Grade nursing officers.

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