Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena says a programme has been initiated to rectify the recent delay in paying retirement gratuity.
The Prime Minister said a Cabinet Paper was also presented in this regard and arrangements will be made to make these payments in accordance in two phases after obtaining the approval of the Treasury.
This was disclosed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee meeting held in Parliament recently (8) under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister.
The Director General of Pensions said as a result of the delay in the release of money by the Treasury due to the economic crisis, a large number of people are on the waiting list expecting the retirement gratuity.
He said all payments up to January 2022 have been made.
He further said that the Treasury has agreed to release the money required for payments from January 2022 up to the remaining period and accordingly, said the money will be given.
The Director General of Pensions also said that due to the reduction of the retirement age to 60 years, it is expected that new applications will be received after December 31st this year.
He said a special programme has been prepared to provide the basic pension to all of them promptly.
Attention was also directed to solve the issues of employees who have worked for a long time in local government institutions.
Accordingly, State Minister Janaka Wakkumbura said steps will be taken to appoint a special committee to recommend further measures.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister issued instructions to Ministry authorities that the annual reports of the public institutions, which are currently delayed, should be submitted to Parliament as soon as possible.
It was also decided at the meeting to have other government institutions informed of this for the purpose of getting them to submit the delayed reports on their part to the parliament.
The Prime Minister’s plan to convert a number of Urban Councils into Municipal Councils was also discussed at the meeting held.