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* Sri Lanka parliament to vote on motion to cut ministers' salaries and travel expenses
Fri, Nov 30, 2018, 11:49 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday is set to vote on a motion to ban release of state funds to the ministers of the purported government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The motion signed by six lawmakers of the UNF was submitted to the Secretary General of Parliament on 21 November to include in the Order Book.

The government MPs are expected to boycott the parliament as they have done on previous occasions.

The motion signed by MPs Rajitha Senaratne, Ravi Karunanayake, Champika Ranawaka, Arjuna Ranatunga, Mano Ganesan and Jayampathy Wickramaratne states that the House on the 16th November has accepted the official statement made by the Speaker that in terms of the no-confidence motion against the government, the Cabinet of Ministers appointed after the 26th of October stood dissolved.

Therefore, the Parliament has no confidence in the Government including Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution.

"The Parliament resolves that from 15 November 2018, Secretaries to any and all Ministries have no authority to approve any payment of monies drawn from the funds of the Republic to pay for the salaries and other emoluments of Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their personal staff and are also prohibited from defraying expenses incurred in foreign travel, internal air travel including use of helicopters on behalf of the above Ministers and any person taking any action in violation of this resolution will be dealt with according to law," the motion stated.

Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution.

A separate motion was passed in parliament on Thursday with 123 MPs of 225-member parliament voting in favor to suspend funds to the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

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