President decides to give up perks - Cabinet decides to allocate land
[August 26, 2005 - 4.00 GMT]

President Kumaratunga has decided to forego her entitlements such as Pension, official residence, maintenance allowances for the residence and all stipends to meet utility bills such as electricity, water etc.

The Cabinet of Ministers on Wednesday approved a Cabinet Memorandum presented by the Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, to allocate a block of land, one and a half acres (1 ) in extent at Madiwela, to President Kumaratunga to construct her residence after retirement from the Presidency in 2006. Her personal funds will be used for the entire construction cost.

The Cabinet of Ministers noted that President Kumaratunga had already decided to forego compensation due to her, for the loss of an eye during an attempt on her life and the political assassination of her husband Mr. Wijaya Kumaratunga.

The value of the land to be allocated to President Kumaratunga is insignificant compared with the entitlements she has given up and also proposes to forego in the future. The Cabinet of Ministers therefore decided to allocate the said block of land in lieu of the above.











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Last Updated Date: August 26, 2005 - 4.00 GMT


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