COLOMBO (NewsRadio); A gazette has been issued curtailing the allowances granted to Chairpersons of Provincial Councils.
The gazette has been issued by the Secretary to the President, Saman Ekanayake.
The relevant Gazette notification has been sent to Governors and Secretaries of all Provinces.
Accordingly, vehicle, fuel and telephone allowances granted to Chairpersons of Provincial Council have been curtailed. Based on the new directive, Provincial Council Chairpersons will be entitled to a monthly fuel quota of 150 litres.
Previously they were given 500 litres for a petrol vehicle and 600 litres for a diesel vehicle. Furthermore, the telephone allowance has also been reduced.
A monthly allowance of Rs.5,000 will be given for office phones while Rs. 2,500 will be given for the usage of residence and mobile phones.
Provincial Council Chairpersons previously received telephone allowance amounting to Rs.40,000 and Rs.20.000 for two office phones, Rs.10,000 for two home phones and Rs.10,000 for a mobile phone.
According to the new directive the personal staff of Chairpersons of Provincial Councils has also been slashed.