Aug 13, Colombo: Leader of the House, Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha stated in the Parliament Friday that a program to provide relief from the revised budget to the low-income earners on electricity bills is being discussed.
Replying to a point raised by the Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa, Minister Premajayantha said that the government’s attention has been focused on providing concessions to the groups who deserve relief in paying the increased electricity bills.
Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said in Parliament yesterday (12) that with the extraordinary rise in electricity bills, the entire people are in dire straits and the people of the country cannot bear this.
The leader of the opposition said that this situation is severely affecting from the common people to the industrialists and added that this is another burden on the people who are under extraordinary pressure at the moment.
The Leader of the House said that it has been decided to hold a debate on the electricity bill increase on the 29th and in addition, measures are also being taken to include the revised budget in the agenda.
“When the revised budget is debated on August 30, 31, September 1 and 2 a program to provide relief to the groups that deserve relief is being discussed. I think at that discussion, measures would be taken to see how best relief measures could be devised in order to provide relief to these low income groups,” Minister Premajayantha said.
Attention has also been paid to increasing the travel allowance for field officers in the future due to the increase in fuel prices, the Leader of the House said.
The Minister said that they are working to fill the vacancies of Grama Niladharies working from the ground level as soon as possible and attention has been paid to the preparation of a separate service minute for the Grama Niladharies.