President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered a 125 per cent increase in the fuel allowance granted to government ministers, deputy ministers, secretaries of ministries and provincial governors, ministers and secretaries.
The order comes in circular no: CSA/P1/40 of 09th November 2007.
Accordingly, a minister residing within the Western Province (WP) will see his fuel allowance increased from Rs. 75,000 to Rs. 175,000, or to 1,000 litres of petrol.
Ministers living in other provinces are now entitled to 1,500 litres of petrol.
For a diesel vehicle ? the allowances are 800 litres for a minister living within the WP and 1,200 for the others.
A minister is normally given two vehicles.
Security backup vehicles are also granted 400 litres and 600 litres respectively.
A deputy minister living in the WP gets 1,600 litres of petrol for two vehicles.
The Provincial Councils Act entitles provincial governors and ministers to a 50 per cent amount of the fuel allowance granted to central government ministers.
Accordingly, their allowances will go up as well following this circular.
However, top rung career administrative officers in the public service are still getting a maximum Rs. 9,600 fuel allowance.