Refuting media reports that former JVP MPs have obtained pensions amounting to Rs.240 million for the past 13 years, former JVP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said today pension of 11 former JVP MPs were credited to party's Common Fund.
He told a news conference that according to a document released by the Secretary General of Parliament, some 266 MPs representing various political parties were eligible for the pension and that 11 of them were JVP MPs.
“The allegation that former JVP MPs have obtained Rs. 240 million as pension for the past 13 years was baseless and factually incorrect. Pension of 11 former JVP MPs were credited to the party's Common Fund,” he said.
Dr. Jayatissa said pension of all MPs would be totally abolished under a National People's Power (NPP) government and added that MPs who were frightened because of this, are spreading false news to mislead the people.
He said a budget proposal brought in before two years to make it mandatory to serve as an MP for ten years to claim the pension has not been implemented as yet. (Ajith Siriwardana)
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