June 16, Colombo: The proposal made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in his budget 2019 to remove the pensioners' salary anomalies will be implemented effective from next month, the Ministry of Finance announced.
Accordingly, over 500,000 public servants who retired before December 31, 2015 will be benefited by the removal of this salary anomaly.
The monthly salary of the public servants who retired before December 31, 2015 will be increased by a minimum of Rs.2,800 and a maximum of Rs.20,000. These pensioners will receive this monetary benefit based on the removal of the anomaly that existed in their pensions.
This salary anomaly was created as a result of considering those who retired before December 31, 2015 and others who retired thereafter under two different circulars.
Pensions were paid to the public servants who retired before December 31, 2015 under Circular 05/2015 and their counterparts who retired thereafter were paid pensions under Circular 03/2016.
The salary amendments are made systematically until 2020 for the pensioners coming under 03/2016 and their basic salary will be increased by 107% in 2020 when compared with that of 2016.
Accordingly, the salary of a retired KKS Grade I who retired before 31.12.2015 has been increased by Rs.2800. The salary of a retired Management Assistant Grade I has been increased by Rs.5,200 under the proposed new pension scheme.
Pension of Teacher in Grade one service I will be increased by Rs.9,200 and the salary of a retired Nursing Officer will be increased by Rs.9,200.
The salary of a retired Police Sergeant will be increased by Rs.4200.
A retired senior executive officer will get an increase by Rs.16,000 and the salary of a ministry secretary who retired before 31.12.2015 will be increased by Rs.20,000.
Following is the sample Salary Increment criterion for retired pensioners of different designations.
An Interim allowance of Rs.3,500, paid to the pensioners, who retired under the Circular 05/2015, until this new salary anomaly was removed, will be included to the new salary structure. Further, the cost of living allowance of Rs.3,525 paid at present will be continued to be paid to all pensioners.
The Minister of Finance Mr. Mangala Samaraweera in his Budget - 2019 had announced the removal of this pension anomaly of over 500.000 pensioners and had allocated Rs.12 billion in its budget to pay these salary increments to pensioners.