Colombo: The Speaker had informed that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had announced his resignation on the 13th as a result of the ongoing people’s protests in Sri Lanka. In this situation, the Speaker has said that he has not received his resignation letter so far, according to Newsfirst website.
Speaker Mahinda Yappa Abeywardena said that he has not yet received the resignation letter of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Speaker mentioned that the President had announced by phone that he would send his resignation letter before midnight yesterday (13).
Problem in payment of salaries to Sri Lankan government employees
Considering the current situation, Sri Lankan news has revealed that there is a problem in paying the salaries of the government employees on the due date this month.
The reason for this is that money needs to be printed to pay government employees. Also, a cabinet decision should be taken for that.
For this, it is reported that the only option is to appoint Ranil Wickramasinghe as the responsible president and call the emergency cabinet meeting of the existing cabinet to take appropriate decision.
Also, it is reported that if Ranil Wickremesinghe steps down from the post of Prime Minister, the Cabinet will be dissolved and accordingly, the Prime Minister and the Cabinet will have to be appointed again to take the appropriate decision.
It is also said that only if an emergency cabinet meeting is convened, the salaries of government employees can be paid by the 25th of this month. After the decision of the Cabinet is sent to the Monetary Board, legal approval for printing money will be given.
It is noteworthy that the amount required monthly for salary alone excluding all allowances such as overtime, holidays and living expenses is about 29 billion rupees, according to the news published by Sri Lanka.