Finance Minister wants one more week to study doctors’ increments

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayaka during a meeting with the Government Medical Officers' Association last Friday (20) told the GMOA that he would not deprive the legitimate rights of the doctors but he needed at least one week to fully study the provisions of the National Wage Policy.

 GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Nalinda Herath told The Island that the Finance Minister had asked for one week to study the provisions before implementing it. Minister Karunanayaka had promised that the doctors' due entitlements would never be denied.

Dr. Herath pointed out that due to unnecessary interference by the Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA) President Saman Ratnappriya the circular issued by the then Finance Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundara had been cancelled. The GNOA President had urged the Election Commissioner to put on hold all salary increments of Public servants in the run-up to the last presidential election.

Public servants attached to some ministries had been given the salary increments along with the revised due allowances with effect from last month, because the relevant circulars had been issued by the then Finance Secretary before the Election Commissioner's orders to put on hold all promotions, including salary revisions, Dr. Hearth said.

The GMOA Assistant Secretary said they would be conducting an awareness programmes on the importance of implementing the National Wage Policy among all government servants. The GMOA had decided to distribute leaflets and handouts among all public servants in order to get their support to achieve the objectives, he added.

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