Opposition to increase ex-MPs’ pensions

Employees Centre for Protecting Pensions spokesperson Dhammika Munasinghe, in a statement issued yesterday, strongly condemned a move to increase former MPs’ pension by Rs 15,000 at a time the government was trying to abolish the state pension scheme.

Munasinghe said that the media had recently revealed the move. The statement urges the working class to join hands to oppose government plans and regain pension rights.

A proposal to increase former lawmakers’ pension had been submitted to the cabinet, Munasinghe said.

About 454 former MPs and the late MPs’ spouses are entitled for pension. In case, the proposal made by Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke receive approval, about Rs. 7 mn would be required a month to make the additional payment, sources said.

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