Deputy Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera has told Parliament that salaries of public servants will be increased by 2500 rupees in the budget to be presented in November.
The Deputy Minister said there are 1.2 million public servants. 36 billion rupees has to be set apart for the salary increase. He said this increases will be announced in the next budget as promised.
Minister S.B. Dissanayake said that legal requirements with regard to setting up foreign Universities in the country are now being fulfilled. Already there are 73 institutions affiliated to foreign Universities. He pointed out that that these are operating under the BOI. 130,000 students have passed the GCE A/Level Examination during the academic year while 40 thousand have applied to enter the Universities, although only 22,800 students will be admitted. He said that around 5000 students enter foreign universities for education.