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Jul 26, 2017

Ravi wants CoS with Rs. 250,000 salary Featured

Foreign affairs minister Ravi Karunanayake yesterday (25) submitted a cabinet paper, seeking approval to appoint a chief-of-staff for him with a monthly salary of Rs. 250,000, reports say.

Several ministers objected, noting only the president and the prime minister could have such a position in their staffs.

Karunanayake responded by claiming he too, had many responsibilities like them as the foreign minister, and wanted the assistance of a CoS.

Joining the discussion, president Maithripala Sirisena remarked other ministers too, would demand the services of such an official.

When he inquired from the cabinet as to who else wanted a CoS, almost all ministers raised their hands in request.

They however, noted a CoS could not be appointed at such a high salary, with the secretary to the president telling the cabinet that the maximum payment could be Rs. 100,000.

Thereafter, the president advised Karunanayake to have an adviser if necessary.



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