The National People’s Power claims the public is experiencing hardships at present since the country’s production and manufacturing mechanism has collapsed and also due to corrupt activities of politicians.
Speaking during an event in Galle, NPP Parliamentarian Vijith Herath said although the government had claimed that Ministers should make sacrifices and set an example amidst the financial crisis, at present MPs are using state funds to fulfil their personal needs.
He said the Minister of Finance made a statement during the last budget speech that MPs should set an example by reducing their expenses.
MP Herath noted that as a measure, the Finance Minister proposed to reduce five litres from the monthly fuel allowance of each Minister.
He said that constitutes to mere 70 litres of fuel a month which is around Rs. 55,000 in monetary value.
MP Vijith Herath said a Minister receives around Rs. 270,000 monthly as allowance and it can be curtailed.
He also noted that a pension payment is paid after a MP remains in office for just five years.
The NPP Parliamentarian said such benefits can be curtailed, if the government is really keen on making a change and stabilising the economy.
MP Herath also said recently a son of a State Minister had taken a vehicle belonging to a Ministry in the middle of the night to assault a medical student.
He said such vehicles are maintained through state funds adding fuel is also pumped by taxpayers.
MP Herath said therefore while the government is calling for the public to make sacrifices, those in power are continuing their lavish lifestyles despite the financial crisis in the country.