Nearly 90 per cent of the secretaries to ministries are to retire before 2020.
Therefore, they will not receive the Rs. 10,000 salary increment that the government decided to pay in 2015, as the increase will take place in five stages.
To protest this, ministry secretaries who are due to retire within the next few years have misled the public administration ministry and through him submitted a cabinet paper.
That cabinet paper says those who retire between 01 January 2016 and 31 December 2019 should be placed on the 2020 salary scales.
They have misled the subject minister and the cabinet by saying the additional expenditure for this will be only Rs. 148 million.
However, the pensions chief submitted a report on March 07 saying Rs. 4,080 million was needed to pay the salary arrears alone, excepting the pensions, for those who retire between 01 January 2016 and February 2017.
Also, Rs. 13,000 million is need for the retirement gratuity payment for them.
If the secretaries’ decision is be implemented, the salary anomalies in the public service will widen and serving officers will receive salaries less than the pensioners, thereby posing a threat to the government.