The unilateral decision to suspend the latest salary circular is not only a deviation from that very concept but also a severe blow to the policy of transparency ardently followed by this government, the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association said yesterday. It issued the following statement:
`Almost every successive government assumed office since a couple of decades has stressed the necessity of having a National Policy on salaries. The National Council for Administration established for this purpose had successfully completed that task thereby fulfilling a long-felt national need. We strongly believed that the latest salary circular issued following wide trade union representation has laid a solid foundation towards establishing a National Policy on Salaries.
`Whereas a few short-comings are there in the circular issued for implementation of the policy, it has to be acknowledged that a genuine attempt has been made through the same to improve the quality of the public service in its path towards establishing the concept of good governance.
Our belief is that if any individual or party is to be affected due to the implementation of the said circular, justice could have been meted out to them after a wide debate on the subject. Therefore, nobody can approve the unilateral decision to suspend the circular because the parties which favoured the circular had not been invited at that meeting even to express their views.
`The highly commendable feature as we observed in these salary increases is the reducing of salary grades considerably as against earlier grades exceeding hundred. Even critics and opponents have acknowledged the same as a favourable trend in the right direction. We would like to warn the government that all progressive forces favouring the circular are not rallying round under one flag to ensure justice to all in the public service.`