The resolution to increase allowances to all the parliamentarians including the Prime Minister, the Speaker, the Opposition leader, Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees and others was approved unanimously yesterday.
Accordingly, they will be paid a one year arrears from January this year. After the committee debate on the budget of the Media and Information Ministry, Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernadopulle proposed the resolution on Thursday and it was approved unanimously.
The monthly allowance of the Prime Minister will be increased from Rs.34,000 to Rs.71,500 while the Speaker`s allowance will be increased from Rs.31,000 to Rs.68,500.
The monthly allowances of cabinet and non-cabinet ministers and the opposition leader will be increased from Rs.29,815 to Rs.65,000
The approval of the parliament was also granted for the increase of allowances payable to the deputy speaker and the deputy chairman of committees from Rs.28, 750/= to Rs.63,500/=.
The monthly allowances of all the ruling party and opposition parliamentarians will be increased from Rs.22,100/= to Rs.54,285/=.
The resolution to increase the salaries of ministers and members of parliament had been included in the order paper with the approval of the cabinet but the approval was suspended on the orders of the President. According to these revisions the monthly allowance of the Prime Minister will be in par with that of the Chief Justice and the monthly allowances of the speaker will be in par with that of the Attorney General.