COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has hiked salaries of over 40,000 health sector workers with an extra allowance, adding to a general increment given to all workers, ministers said.
Though the new administration raised salaries of all state workers by 10,000 rupees doctors had been given another 10,000 rupees based on a promise made by the last administration, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.
The last administration had promised doctors a 15,000 rupee a month increment just before elections and doctors had been persuaded to accept 10,000 rupees Senaratne said.
Nurses and similar grades were then given 3,000 rupees along with the 10,000 rupee general increment.
Yesterday other health sector staff unions have received 1000 rupees.
Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said the cost to the tax payer from the increment would be another additional 480 million rupees a year.
Sri Lanka’s rules and bureaucrats are trying to extract more taxes from the ordinary citizens to meet the salary bill of state workers and other state expenses, with current expenses up sharply from 2015 due to salary hikes.
Karunanayake said general government revenues were up 8 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from a year earlier.
Imports of cars were up, and the government had also blocked smuggled ethanol, which were being used to make tax-unpaid alcohol.