The Transport Minister assures that the salaries of Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) employees could be increased from next year if they rendered an efficient service.
Minister Kumara Welgama pointed out that of the abandoned buses, 1000 can be repaired and added to the fleet. Their intention was to increase the strength of the SLTB to 7000. After increasing the number of buses which could operate to 6000, another 1000 will be newly imported. He called on the workers to provide an efficient service and earn profits and thereafter he would take the initiative of increasing their salaries. He is aware that SLTB employees need a better salary.
The Minister was addressing a function organized to hand over 37 dilapidated buses which had been repaired, to the Tangalla depot. Its value was 13 million rupees. 1000 more buses are under repairs. 200 repaired buses had already been handed over to the depots. Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa also expressed his views. Ministry Secretaries and many officials were present.