(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken steps to provide immediate solutions to five of the seven requests made by the Public Service United Nurses Association.
The President made these decisions during a special discussion held with the Public Service United Nurses Association at the Presidential Secretariat Friday (02).The President also agreed to provide solutions to the remaining two demands in the next budget, the President’s Media Division said in a media release.
Accordingly, President Rajapaksa decided to immediately implement the following five demands
01. Opening up of a University of Nursing,
02. Reinstatement of staff status which was suspended during the Yahapalana Government’s tenure by circular 32/2017 on 07.12.2017,
03. Reinstatement of the mechanism to make promotions from Grade III to Grade II in five years and Grade II to Grade I in seven years,
04. Rs. 20,000 annual uniform allowance, and
05. Referral of the proposal to consider the current 36-hour working hours as five days (30 hours) a week, to a special committee,
The President also agreed to provide an allowance of Rs. 10,000 and an additional service allowance of 1/100 of the basic salary as mentioned in a circular issued by the Ministry of Finance on 24.12.2014 in the upcoming Budget.
Accordingly, the President provided solutions to all seven demands made by the Public Services United Nurses’ Union, the PMD said.
The President stressed that the government has the utmost faith in the health sector and will ensure that the nursing service and nurses receive the highest recognition and status.
President of the Public Services United Nurses’ Union, Ven. Muruththettuwe Ananda Thero, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Principal Advisor to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, Health Secretary Major General (Retired) Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena and several representatives of the Public Services United Nurses’ Union were present at the meeting.