Dec 04, 2016

Govt. criticized for giving more privileges to MPs Featured

Social media has strongly criticized the government for granting more privileges to MPs and ministers than during the Rajapaksa regime.

The latest case in point is a Rs. 100,000 payment for them to rent a house from Colombo.

The cabinet last Tuesday approved a proposal, which said they be paid the allowance as the official quarters of MPs at Madiwela, Kotte were not in a habitable condition.

During the Rajapaksa regime, a Rs. 100,000 housing allowance was proposed, but following protests, the payment was brought down to Rs. 50,000.

Social media has also denounced a supplementary estimate for Rs. 790 million to buy vehicles for ministers, deputy and state ministers, and the leader of the opposition, while allocating a mere Rs. five million for children’s affairs.

Given below is how News1st reported the salaries and other privileges enjoyed by an MP: