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MP's salary not paid for five months - Jeyaraj

by Bharatha Malawaraarachchi and Ranil Wijayapala

Puttalam district UPFA MP D. M. Dassanayake has not been paid his salary for the last five months, Parliament was informed yesterday.

At the commencement of Parliament sittings yesterday, Chief Government Whip and Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle drew the attention of the House to the non-payment of Dassanayake's salary for five months.

"His salary had not been paid for the last five months. This is really unjustifiable," Fernandopulle said. Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara pledged he would look into this. Meanwhile, Fernandopulle said the agenda for negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE has not been agreed upon so far.

He was replying to an oral question by UNP MP Ravi Karunanayake on the resumption of the peace process.

In his reply, Fernandopulle said the resumption of peace talks is under discussion, through Norwegian facilitation.

There has been no decision on the participation of the Muslim community in the peace talks, he said.

Fernandopulle said the Government proceeds on the basis of the ceasefire agreement signed in February 2002. Karunanayake's question was directed at Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse.


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