The Court of Appeal (CA) will take up for consideration  on 29 September a  Writ Application filed  by  former Commissioner General of Pensions  K.A.Thilakaratne and several others seeking the operation of the circular issued  by the Ministry of Public Administration last  November  granting a pension hike which was subsequently suspended by the new government.

The Writ petition was taken up yesterday by a bench comprising  Justices   A.H.M.D Nawaz  and Sobhitha Rajakaruna.

The petitioners  have cited 22 Respondents  including the Prime Minister , Cabinet of Ministers, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration  and the Commissioner  General of Pensions.

The say that  the Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting held on 11.11.2019  approved a proposals to calculate and pay the pension of the officers, retired and due to be retired after 01.01.2016 up to 01.01.2020, based on the total salary entitled to them as at 01.01.202 and the relevant circular was issued by the Public Administration Ministry.

However after the new government took office, a new  Circular  was issued notifying that the  new Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting held on 02.01.2020 had  decided to suspend the provisions of the earlier Public Administration Circular dated 10.12.2019, until the pension anomalies of all the pensioners are resolved as per the new Government Policy.

The Petitioners said that around 110,000 pensioners are adversely affected by the government decision  to suspend the pension hike  and seek an Order from the CA to stop the operation of the second circular.

The Pension Dept. recently conducted a program to continue services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Galle & Matara