Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardana says a decision has not been reached yet to introduce pay cuts for state sector employees.
Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday in a letter to the President said in the event a decision is reached to impose a lockdown, to donate 75% of the salary of all Members of Parliament, 50% of the salary of state and private sector employees and 30% of the salary of minor workers during this period, excluding health workers.
Speaking to media at the Department of Government Information, Minister Gunawardana said the government expects the public to make sacrifices to help uplift the country from hard times, citing Thailand as an example.
The Minister claimed representatives of local government bodies and public representatives were making various sacrifices to the COVID Itukama Fund, due to the adverse financial situation.
Therefore he said the Fund will be used to provide relief to those unable to survive during such hard times.
Also speaking at the media briefing, State Minister of Money & Capital Market Ajith Nivard Cabraal said the duration of quarantine curfew in Sri Lanka must be kept at a minimum.
The State Minster claimed a lockdown was a double edged sword as it will affect not only the country’s economic performance, but also destroy livelihoods.
In order to prevent such issues surfacing, the State Minister urged the public to adhere to rules and regulations imposed by the government in order to curb the spread of the virus.