Nov 30, Colombo: Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday passed a motion to ban release of state funds to the cabinet, state and deputy ministers of the purported government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The motion passed with 122 parliamentarians in favor parliament and 0 against. UNP MP Sujeewa Senasinghe was absent in the House. The government parliamentarians boycotted the vote.
The motion prevents Ministry secretaries from approving any money from state funds to pay for the salaries and other emoluments of Ministers, State Ministers, Deputy Ministers and their personal staff.
When there is no accepted government, Parliament has full control over Public Finance as mandated in Article 148 of the Constitution.
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.
"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.
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.