Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka Pensions Department to begin paying gratuities to pensioners from today
Mon, Jun 23, 2014, 12:38 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 23, Colombo: The Pensions Department will begin paying gratuity for pensioners from today on the instructions of the President, the Director General of Pensions Sunil Hettiarachchi said.

The Director General said the gratuity will be paid under the circular of 05/2014 to17,200 public sector pensioners. The Treasury has allocated the necessary funds amounting to Rs. 1 billion, the official said.

The Department expects to complete the payment within two weeks. Issuing of checks to the relevant departments will commence from today.

The All Ceylon Trade Union Federation charged that over 18,000 public sector pensioners have not received Rs 700 million in pension gratuity for three years since the funds allocated have been spent by the government on other activities, including the last Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

A new circular issued by the Department of Pensions in March this year suggested making arrangements for the pensioners to obtain the gratuity in the form of a loan from a state bank.

However, the trade unions protested the move and demanded the government to quicken the payment of gratuity under the old scheme which paid the gratuities from the pensions Department.

The President intervened and instructed the Pensions Department to pay the gratuities according to the old system.

Accordingly, the Pensions Department revoked the circular numbered as 04/2014 with immediate effect from 19 June 2014, and decided to revert to the old system of paying by the Department.

** Related Story :: Over 18,000 Sri Lankan state employees have not received pension gratuity for three years

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka nationwide inflation 2.1 percent in May 2018
-- [23 minutes ago]
4th Contingent of Sri Lanka Air Force aviation unit for UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan passes out
-- [6 hours ago]
School of Agriculture in Kundasale closed indefinitely as a fever spreads among students
-- [7 hours ago]
Postal strike in Sri Lanka to continue as talks fail
-- [7 hours ago]
Prices of several costly drugs to be reduced next month
-- [8 hours ago]
Bahrain impressed by Sri Lanka's high-quality products seeks to partner investors with local industries
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's manufacturing and services sectors recover in May 2018 following seasonal contraction
US assures continued support to Sri Lanka and expand bilateral partnership after quitting UNHRC
SAITM Medical faculty will be abolished after integration of students to KDU - Higher Education Minister
Sri Lanka receives the US$ 584 mn third payment of Hambantota Port deal from Chinese company

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.