Treasury in crisis, govt employees’ salaries & Samurdhi allowances to be delayed


On President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s directions to the Cupboard of Ministers, 5% of the estimated expenditure allotted below the proposals of the 2023 Price range to all ministries might be curtailed.

This was introduced by Cupboard Spokesman Bandula Gunawardena this a short time in the past on the Cupboard briefing held in Colombo.

Reasoning that the Treasury is at the moment dealing with a extreme depletion of funds, worse than what was anticipated, Gunawardena defined that the potential earnings that could be earned by taxes inside the first few months of 2023 has drastically diminished owing to the grave financial disaster that Sri Lanka noticed in 2022.

Thus, the fee of presidency workers’ salaries and different welfare bills such because the Samurdhi allowances have proved troublesome for the months of January, February and March Gunawardena acknowledged, including that the fee of Samurdhi allowances to all low-income households is more likely to be delayed by almost two weeks.

“Regardless of there being a big lower in authorities income for the months of January, February and March, there are nonetheless important funds that have to be made. Nonetheless the Treasury doesn’t have ample funds to take care of these day-to-day bills such because the salaries of presidency workers, pensions, and pursuits paid on authorities loans and different such welfare bills. Thus, we might be prioritizing the principle process we’re confronted with on the finish of every month – the fee of the salaries of public servants and pensions. Owing to this monetary disaster, the Cupboard was additionally knowledgeable to slash 5% from all proposals submitted by the ministries, allotted within the 2023 Price range,” Gunawardena defined.

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