Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana today claimed that media reports on 50,000 rupees for telephone bills and 50,000 rupees for houses of Parliamentarians are baseless and unfounded.
The Deputy Minister said that what had really been done was to limit the telephone bills of MPs to 50,000 rupees. Hitherto there had been no limits placed on telephone bills of MPs. This has been limited to 50,000 rupees to prevent wastage of funds. Seven MPs do not have official houses and an opportunity has been given to them to rent out a house subject to a maximum of 50,000 rupees. The Deputy Minister said that the decision grant this money was taken as the Government had agreed not to build new houses on behalf of MPs.
Also each MP needs an office and the Government has agreed to make a reasonable payment for them in this respect. The Deputy Minister said that action would be taken to monitor whether the MPs are actually maintaining an office from this money. But the Deputy Minister said that this information had been totally distorted in the media reports.