The Government will make it incumbent upon to the private sector to fix the minimum monthly wage of employees at Rs.10,000 plus the government approved allowance of Rs.2,500/-.
Labour Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne told the Nation that two separate bills compelling the private sector to implement the proposals would be presented in Parliament in January 2016.

He said the bill to fix the minimum salary structure at Rs.10, 000 was now before the Attorney General and it would be presented in Parliament along with the bill to compel the inclusion of the Rs.2,500 allowance.

The Minister pointed out that there was no proper salary structure followed or adhered by the private sector and lamented that some private sector employees were even paid Rs.7500 monthly as wages noting that the minimum monthly wage of a state sector employee was Rs.15,000 apart from other allowances.(PG)