Feb 15, Colombo: A new National Salaries Commission has been established to provide guidance and assistance to the Government in formulating and executing a National Salaries Policy, President’s Media Division said.
The Commission has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in accordance with the powers vested upon him under the Article 33 of the Constitution.
The Extraordinary gazette notification announcing the establishment of this new Commission has been issued midnight Friday (February 14).
According to the gazette notification, Special Agency has been established by the President exercising the powers vested in him in terms of Article 33 of the Constitution, “to advise and assist the Government in the formulation and implementation of a national wage policy by revisiting all remuneration structures including salaries and wages in the Public Sector as well as the Private Sector to facilitate due fulfillment of the manpower requirements in order to maintain continued sustainability of the salaries and wages in the said sectors.”
With the establishment of this Commission the National Salaries and Cadre Commission established on March 18, 2019 and subsequent amendments to it will be abolished.
The 15 members Commission is headed by Mr. Upali Wijeweera.
The other members of the Commission are Chandrani Senaratne, Gotabaya Jayaratne, Sujatha Cooray, Madura Wehella, M.S.D. Ranasiri, Dr. Ananda Hapugoda, High Court Judge Sanjeewa Somaratne, Ajith Nayanakantha, Ravi Liyanage, Sanath Ediriweera, Prof. Ranjith Senaratne, Engineer R.M. Amarasekara, Retired Major General Siri Ranaweera and W.H. Piyadasa.
A long-term plan for the use of human resources, tailored to the needs of the public, will be drawn up for the purpose of enhancing the efficiency and productivity of the public service for the benefit of the people, which was included in the President’s policy statement ‘Rata Hadana Saubhagye Dekma’.
The policy of the government is to recruit employees with skills that can effectively serve the public sector, facilitate the development process, and regulate when necessary, taking into consideration the private sector and its role in achieving the government’s development goals and aspirations.
The government intends to introduce a set of proposal to provide salaries, wages and various incentives that will enable to maintain an efficient public service.