Aug 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera said he was not aware of any proposal to increase the salaries of Parliamentarians and Ministers and he is against such a step.
Responding to journalists at a media briefing held at the Finance Ministry yesterday, Minister Samaraweera said he is against increasing any one's salary at this time.
"Not only for politicians, I am against raising salaries of any person at this time. This is not a time to give pay raises, I do not know about a salary increase for the ministers. We did not discuss such a proposal at the cabinet meeting," he said.
He said that such increases in salaries need the Treasury's approval and he would not approve the measure to go ahead with a pay raise for Parliamentarians and Ministers.