allowances; COL : Both rise
With the increase in telephone and transport charges and the hike
in fuel prices from this week the government has granted MPs a vehicle
maintenance allowance of Rs 15,000 from next month, The Sunday Times
This is in
addition to the salaries and other allowance paid to the 225 legislators.
At present the MP's are permitted to purchase tubes and tyres for
their vehicles at a discounted rate. However the new allowance is
in addition to these discounts.
The Sunday Times learns that the parliamentarians are to make a
joint appeal to the Government to further increase the vehicle maintenance
allowance as the Rs 15, 000 allowance was not sufficient.
they have to travel to their electorates at least thrice a month.
The latest allowance comes in the wake of the Government recently
increasing the fuel allowance of all outstation MP's by 7,500 a
month. The allowance of an MP who received Rs. 15,000 as fuel allowance
now get Rupees 23,000 instead.
DNA testing soon with local and foreign aid
DNA tests relating to criminal activities in Sri Lanka is to be
held locally with effect from January. The Human Rights Commission
of Sri Lanka and the Police this week discussed the programme to
raise funds for DNA testing procedures by the Government Analyst's
Department and the Police Academy.
of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka Dr. Radhika Coomarasamy
told The Sunday Times funds from the international community for
such testing procedures would be sought together with the support
of the local business community.
afford to fully fund the DNA testing on our own. Therefore we would
seek international assistance as well', she said. This was among
the issues discussed between the Human Rights Commission and IGP
T.E. Anandarajah, when measures to be taken to prevent torture and
deaths in police custody were taken up.
said that they also discussed working closely with the Police Commission
to formulate guidelines on the interdiction of police officers who
are named in successful fundamental rights applications before the