Ranil demands pay hike for public servants

Opposition and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today demanded a salary hike for public servants in the government budget to be presented for 2013.

Speaking at a media briefing today the UNP leader said that his party will take to the streets and protest if the government fails to meet the demand.

He said that the support of trade unions and others in the state sector will also be sought for the protest if the pay hike is not assured.

The first reading of the Appropriation Bill will take place on October 09 while the Budget proposal (second reading) will be presented in November 08.

Emphasis has been given in the budget for the priorities identified under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2013-2015 and for the completion of development activities which have already been commenced and are ongoing. (Colombo Gazette)