Request to donate salary not applicable to Military and Police

The Ministry of Defence says the request made to public servants to donate their salary to the Government to overcome the existing financial constraints is not applicable to the Military and Police .

Earlier, President’s Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara had requested public servants to donate their entire, part or day’s salary of May to the Government.

Defence Secretary Maj. Gen.(Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said donating a day’s salary to the Government to overcome the existing financial constraints due to coronavirus pandemic is not applicable to Tri-Forces, Police and Civil Defence Services personnel.

Last week, President’s Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara made a request from the public servants to donate their entire, part or day’s salary of May to the Widows’ and Orphans’ Pension Fund to overcome the financial constraints faced by the Government due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Following this request, the Defence Ministry has sent a circular, to the heads of all establishments under the Ministry’s purview requesting them to contribute a certain amount either with half salary, week’s salary or a day’s salary of May from their staff members to the Government to overcome the present financial constraints.

“We have requested them to donate their salaries only according to their willingness to contribute to the request made by President’s Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundara,” he said.

Refuting certain social media comments on the Defence Ministry’s directives to have a day’s pay cut from the Armed Forces and the Police, Maj. Gen. Gunaratne asserted that this request did not apply to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Police and Civil Defence Department personnel. (Colombo Gazette)

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