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‘No cut in public sector salaries’

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya denied the social media reports which suggest that there will be a deduction from the salaries of public sector employees this month.

Siyambalapitiya told the House yesterday that there are posts circulating in social media that public sector employees’ salaries and pension payments will be cut in half this month. Siyambalapitiya noted that there has not been any discussion regarding such a measure. He pointed out that public sector salaries are considered as a basic expenditure within the recurrent expenditure. He said the Government ensures the job security of the public sector employees.

 


'Unfair removal of MPs from COPE, COPA'

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Kurunegala district MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that knowledgeable Parliamentarians who were in the COPE and the COPA have been removed.

“There is no point talking about the ones who have replaced them,” Jayasekara said, requesting the Speaker to act fairly regarding the appointments.

“When my name was proposed, Minister Susil Premajayantha seconded it. But now, my name has been removed from the list. Not only me, but Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Prof. Tissa Vitharana and Professor B.Y.G. Rathnasekara too have been removed,” Jayasekara said.

 


‘Projects nearly done will be completed’

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told Parliament yesterday that the Government will take a policy decision to give priority for the completion of projects that are nearly 75 percent completed already.

“Then it will be possible to give dividends of those projects to the public,” he added.

The Minister said this while replying to an oral question raised by MP Thavaraja Kalai Arasan regarding the water problem in several divisional secretariats including Navidanveli in the Ampara district.

The Minister also emphasized that the Government will not act to deny a basic need such as drinking water to any section of the community.

 


Political science undergrads taught Parliamentary process and procedure

The short course on Parliamentary Process and Procedures, a collaborative initiative carried out by the Parliament of Sri Lanka and the University of Colombo for the first time, successfully completed its first phase recently.

The resource persons for this course, which was started for the benefit of the final year students of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy of the University of Colombo, were the senior officials of the Parliament Secretariat led by the Secretary General of Parliament.

Accordingly, the opening ceremony of the course was held at the University of Colombo on the September 16, and the opening keynote speech was delivered by the Secretary General of the Parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake.

On September 29 and 30, the Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General of the Parliament Kushani Rohanadheera, Assistant Secretary General Tikiri K. Jayathilake and H.E. Janakantha Silva, Director of Legislative Services and Acting Director of Communications, delivered lectures.

Commenting at the end of the course, Senior Lecturer Pradeep Peiris and Lecturer Dhamma Dissanayaka of the Department of Political Science and Public Policy, Faculty of Arts, Colombo University, said that this short course, which is based on theoretical knowledge of democracy and the Parliamentary system as well as practical experience in Parliament, was a new experience for university students.

They also pointed out the importance of providing this short course to students studying political science in other universities.

This is the first time that the Parliament of Sri Lanka has initiated such an academic course in collaboration with a university.

 


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