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* Nearly 90 percent of last year’s income from Railways paid as OT - Transport Minister
Fri, Sep 23, 2022, 10:35 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 23, Colombo: Transport and Highways Minister Bandula Gunawardena said in Parliament yesterday (22) that out of the Rs. 2.6 billion revenue of the Railway Department last year, Rs. 2.3 billion have been paid as overtime pay for employees.

The Minister said that Rs. 7 billion were spent on the salaries of the entire employees of the Railway Department that year and the railway fares had to be doubled.

The Minister said this while joining the debate on the Sri Lanka Television Corporation (Amendment) Bill.

“The revenue of the Railway Department is 2.6 billion rupees. 2.3 billion rupees for employee overtime alone. 7 billion rupees for salaries. Is it possible to run an organization like this? No can't do. That is why the fares were increased. If the expenditure is not managed according to the income, it will be a tragedy,” the Minister said.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena said Sri Lanka is the only country where 86 percent of the government's total tax revenue is paid as public sector employee wages.

 

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