Presidential Secretariat of Sri Lanka

National Pay Commission

In terms of Article 33 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, His Excellency the President has established the National Pay Commission according to the Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 2162/64 dated 14.02.2020 and appointed the following officers to the Commission with effect from 14th February 2020.

Mr. W.J.L.U. Jayaweera


Mrs. Chandrani Senaratne
Mr. Gotabhaya  Jayaratne
Mrs. Sujatha Cooray
Dr. Madura Wehalle
Mr. M.S.D. Ranasiri
Dr. Ananda Hapugoda
Mr. Sanjeewa Somaratne
Mr. Ajith Nayanakantha
Dr. Ravi Liyanage
Mr. Sanath Ediriweera
Prof. Ranjith Senarathna
Eng  R.M. Amarasekara
Major Gen (Rtd) Siri Ranaweera
Mr. W.H. Piyadasa

National Pay Commission
Room No – 2-116,  B.M.I.C.H,
Colombo 07.

Telephone No./Fax No. – 0112669134
Email Address  –

The executive staff of the National Pay Commission is as follows-


Designation Name Telephone Number
Secretary Mrs. Chandrani Senaratna 0112676512
Consultant Mr. M A Dharmadasa 0112686423
Senior Assistant Secretary Mrs. W A C Wickramathilaka 0112673412
Mrs. M D I B Gamage 0112691137
Assistant Secretary Mr. C G Kannangara 0112696364
Mr. K K J Roshan 0112696364
Mrs. WP Suraweera 0112676514
Mr. T M K Rathnayake 0112686423
Mrs. A K D E Gunasena 0112676514

The functions of the Commission are as follows:

a. To advice the Government on national salaries and Wages Policy paving the way for the accomplishment of the aforesaid objectives based on a continuous review of Salaries and Wages including monetary remuneration and various other non-monetary facilities of the Public Services including Provincial Public Service and Armed Services, Special Institutions the salaries of whose staff are met by the Consolidated Fund, State Corporations and Statutory Boards, Government-owned Companies, State Enterprises, State Banks including Central Bank of Sri Lanka and other Financial institutions and all spheres of the Public Service as a whole including all regulatory institutions taking into consideration the following matters :

  • Changes to be made in the terms of employment so as to attract competent individuals specialized in the fields of Management, Science and Technology who are needed presently and in the future to implement more meaningfully the socio-economic policies of the Government.
  • Need to rectify the existing salary anomalies occasioned by salary increases granted in terms of the recommendations of the Salaries Commissions previously appointed or on an ad hoc basis .
  • Need to make the employees of the Public Sector as well as the Private Sector a contented and motivated lot endowed with requisite skills.
  • Need to make the Public Service higher productivity and efficiency-driven as well as the need to eliminate drawbacks in the fulfillment of manpower requirements of the Private Sector.
  • Feasibility of the package being implemented within the limits of Government funds taking into account the fact that the recurrent expenditure of the Government is at a very high level.

b.  To make proposals to the Government aimed at minimizing the issues in relation to salaries and wages and terms and conditions of service, schemes of recruitment, schemes of promotion and service minutes as well as the anomalies that are said to have arisen following the ad hoc salary increases granted.

c.  To make proposals to the Government on a salary and wage structure that would guide in minimizing anomalies, if any, that exist between the Salaries and Wages drawn by professionals having comparable responsibilities or qualifications in the Public Sector and the Semi-Government Sector.

d.  To review the systems of payment of various incentives and grants including gratuities currently operated by certain state institutions and recommend more appropriate methodologies to be adopted in determining the grant of gratuities, various incentives and non-monetary incentives.

e.  To make recommendations to the relevant authorities on amendments to be made to or revision of Public Services’ Service Minutes, Schemes of Recruitment or Schemes of Promotion as required in collaboration with any government institution or institutions in terms of the salary revisions or policy decisions announced by the Government in relation to the remuneration in the Public Service.

f.  To make a further study of the implementation of the proposal made by the Salaries Commission appointed on Twentieth July 2000 for the establishment of an institution with the authority (Arbitration Board) to put forward solutions for speedy settlement of disputes relating to salaries and conditions of service in the Public Sector and to act as an arbiter in settlement of disputes relating to schemes of recruitment, schemes of promotion or service minutes and make recommendation for an institutional methodology for the settlement of such disputes.

g.  For the Department of Management Services to recommend measures to be adopted in the creation of posts and systematic distribution of such posts in the Public Services taking into account the fact that the Public Service caters to the needs of more meaningful and people-centric economy.

h.  To recommend to the Government the policies to be followed in relation to those talented and competent officers with professional qualifications holding permanent posts in the public service seeking employment in semi-government and private sectors or abroad thus preventing them from leaving the public service.

i.  To make recommendations on the age limit for mandatory retirement in the decades to come, the state of the physical and mental health of the employees and their productive contribution in view of the increased life expectancy and the state of health of current population and the international trends after a wide-ranging survey of the Public and Private Sectors.

j.  To make recommendations to the Government on guaranteeing an appropriate minimum salary to those employed in the Private Sector enhancing their skills, security of their employment and the availability of essential welfare amenities they are entitled to, and implementation of the Government policy for their betterment as enshrined in the Policy Statement: “Vistas of prosperity and splendour”

k.  To make proposals to the Government for a National Salary policy framework in relation to the optimum utilization of the country’s manpower resources by the Public Sector and the Private Sector in the country’s development.


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