Colombo Mayor’s personal staff cadre Rate payers would have to bear a monthly spend of Rs. 775,000/-

Published : 12:01 am  June 26, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (206) reads | 

By Yohan Perera   

A proposal to employ a cadre of 32 as personal staff of Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake and Deputy Mayor M. T. Iqbal was passed at the Council sessions last week, with six members voting against it and around 60 members voting in favour.  All UNP Members voted in favour of the proposal while one member of the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Party (SLPP) and five members of JVP voted against it. Other SLPP members and UPFA members abstained from voting.   


JVP Member Hemantha Kumara said a sum of Rs. 775,000 is to be spent monthly for personal staff of the Mayor and the Deputy. “It is unfair to spend the rate payer’s money in such a manner. The previous mayor and others before him had a minimum of three individuals who were not municipality workers in their cadre,” he said.   Mr. Kumara said he is also disgusted by the stance taken by the SLPP and UPFA members to abstain from voting without deciding to vote against it. “Not a single member in the UPFA and SLPP spoke against this move,” Mr. Kumara said.    Also Mr. Kumara charged that the CMC had adopted an unprofitable procedure to maintain public lavatories in the city including the underground toilet at York Street. He said the CMC will be paying a sum of Rs. 85,100 a month to a private firm to which the maintenance contract is to be given while the Municipal Council will have to pay the water and electricity bills for the toilets. A greater part of the fees charged from the general public who use the toilets will also go to the private company which had undertaken the maintenance contract.     

 

 

The previous mayor and others before him had a minimum of three individuals who were not municipality workers