Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa said that the public service in Sri Lanka has become a burden to the country.
Addressing a press conferece on Budget 2022, Rajapaksa said that it is very difficult to allocate money for the public service at the moment.
“The people has to accept the fact that the public service has become a burden to the country. To allocated funds for the public service, we have to take the money required from the citizens. So, the people should understand that it will be difficult to allocate money for the public service at least for a year,” he said.
Although the government did not increase salaries of public sector employees, several non-monetary compansations have been given to them.
When Sri Lanka got independence, there was only one public service employee per 118 people. But now there is 1 public service employee per 13 people, Rajapaksa noted.