He said that his salary was limited to Rs. 69,000, while his monthly telephone bill is Rs. 32,000 and the electricity bill of his official residence is Rs. 30,000, adding that his salary was just enough to pay these two utility bills.
According to the Constitution, clause 123(2), the Auditor General’s salary should be paid by the consolidated fund.
Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella at the commencement of the day’s business said that the Government was withdrawing ‘the Determination under the Constitution’ pending in the Order Paper to raise the salary and allowances of AG.
Although the JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake raised a question regarding this issue, the Leader of the House notified him to take up the issue at the party leaders meeting.
Over the past three months the salary hike due to the AG had not been given.
The Government Auditors say that as the wages of university lecturers, professors, judges and parliamentarians had been increased, there is no harm in increasing the wages of the Auditors who render a great service to the nation.