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Higher education of children should not be delayed - Prime Minister

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stressed that higher education of children should not be delayed. The Prime Minister made this remark at Temple Trees yesterday.

It should be ensured that the university education of the children is not delayed and due to this delay it takes a rather long time for graduates to enter the job market and to contribute to the national economy.

The Prime Minister was referring to the proposals made by the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) at its meeting yesterday regarding the completion of medical degrees by the age of 22 and other basic degrees by the age of 20.

It was revealed at the meeting that the Education and Higher Education Ministry is already paying attention to this matter. Accordingly moves will be put into practice to enroll students, who are qualified after getting through examinations to universities without delay.

Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, on behalf of the GMOA, requested the Prime Minister for reimplementation of the tax policy of the Mahinda Rajapaksa era to replace the present policy of collecting income tax on professionals, including doctors. Padeniya pointed out that the income tax, which was 12 per cent during Rajapaksa regime has been increased to 24 per cent by the good governance government and that this tax will be levied at that level considering the professionals as businessmen.

The Prime Minister instructed the relevant officials to have a discussion with the relevant parties to take action regarding the relevant issues.

The GMOA representation further requested the Prime Minister to work with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Public Administration to resolve the issue of salaries of public servants in accordance with the recommendations of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission based on the National Salaries Policy.

Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella, State Minister Lohan Ratwatte, Senior Assistant Secretary to the Prime Minister Priyanga Nanayakkara, Secretary to the National Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chandrani Senaratne took part in the meeting.

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