Sri Lanka may deduct more money from private worker salaries

Sept 24, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s government may take away more money from the salaries of private sector workers to set up another pension fund, a government minister said, amid concerns about the management of an existing fund.

A few years ago an attempt to create a contributed pension fund for state workers was scuttled by the next administration that came to power.

The new pension fund may take up to two percent from the salary of a private sector worker and make employers contribute another two percent, labour minister Gamini Lokuge said.

Final details of the new pension scheme are being worked out, Lokuge told, our sister news website.

The minister said government may also contribute to the new pension fund.

“Right now the government’s contribution to the pension fund is being calculated,” Lokuge said.

The ‘government’ gets money from taxing the people, borrowing or printing money and creating inflation, but Sri Lanka’s rulers have for years have behaved as if the government has its own sources of money.

State enterprises which could generate money are also making record losses. Critics say any government spending therefore increases the burden on all the