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Rs 25M for each sitting – Rohana Hettiarachchi

An estimated sum of over Rs 25 million plus was spent on each Parliament session in 2017 ending up with a whopping grand total of over Rs 2.57 billion for the entire year, it was revealed yesterday.

Quoting available statistics and other information gathered from Parliament, the March 12 Movement pointed out that these expenses were incurred for a total of 95 Parliament sessions during the whole of last year.

March 12 Convener Rohana Hettiarachchi said that it was sad to note that despite such a gigantic sum of money being dumped for the legislators, at the end of the day it was a waste as the outcome of their conduct inside the House is now known to the local public and international audiences.

He added that the exact figure used for the sessions last year was 2,572,141,3 84 and it could increase in the future depending on the number of sessions that will be held in the House.

Apart from all this, another Rs 2.5 billion is spent annually on the maintenance of Parliament such as staff salaries, security arrangements, food etc.

According to the statistics the exact figure utilized for the maintenance of the House for the whole of last year was Rs 2,443,534,315, Hettiarachchi said.

He said that the public has the right to know on the expenses incurred on holding Parliament sessions, especially at a time when the elected law makers opt to make a mockery of the House at the expense of the public.

The March 12 Movement, made up by academics, rights and political activists, independent polls monitors, and other was set up in 2015 to advocate a clean and non-corrupt political scenario.

The Movement intends to carry out its work despite the current constitutional upheaval that has led to a deepening political stand-off across the political divide in the country.

(Ceylon Today)

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