Dec 09, Colombo: According to the Interim Order issued by the Court of Appeal, all payments to ministers and their staff were temporarily suspended, a senior government official has told the Sunday Times.
Accordingly, on a directive from the Public Administration Ministry, payments to ministers, state and deputy ministers, their allowances including payments for fuel and phones, and the personal staff emoluments had been suspended from this week Public Administration Ministry Secretary J.J. Ratnasiri told the Sunday Times.
The official has said that they have received instructions not to reimburse any claims from the former ministers for any events held earlier.
Ministry secretaries also had sought clarification from President Maithripala Sirisena when they met him this week about the steps to be followed regarding payments to ministers in view of the motions passed in Parliament and the subsequent interim order of the Court of Appeal.
Mr Ratnasiri said the President also had advised them not to sanction any payments in view of the court order.
Prime Ministerís Secretary S. Amarasekara said that although the Court of Appeal interim order did not specifically direct to stop payments of the ministers and the staff, it had restrained the functioning of the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers.
He said ministry secretaries had been instructed to take orders only from the President or his secretary and, on financial matters, from the Finance Ministry Secretary and regarding administrative functions, from the Administrative Ministry Secretary.