House ends year with charity beginning at home
Posted on December 12th, 2016

Courtesy The Sunday Times

Parliament yesterday unanimously approved the payment of Rs 100,000 a month to all MPs for the maintenance of an office, with effect from January 1, 2017, as well as a raise in the current sitting allowance from Rs 500 to Rs. 2,500.

The resolution presented in the House by Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Minister Gayantha Karunatillake, was approved with several other regulations, as Parliament wound up sittings for 2016.

The Resolution states that commencing 1st January 2017, all MPs including National List Members, shall be paid a sum of Rs 100,000 per mensem, to defray the cost of maintaining an office.”

Meanwhile, the Constitutional Assembly will meet on January 9, 10 and 11, when the reports of the six sub committees and the ad hoc subcommittee relating to the new Constitution will be debated.

Parliament will next meet on January 24, when an adjournment motion on the COPE report on the controversial Central Bank Treasury Bond issue will be taken up.

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