State sector employees will receive a salary increase of around Rs. 10,000 from 2024 budget, said government sources.
An estimated 1.5 million workers will begin receiving the hiked salaries from January.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe told his ministers on 30 October that the budget would propose to raise the salaries of all state sector workers.
He asked the private sector to follow suit and provide a salary increase for its workers.
The budget for next year, Wickremesinghe’s third, will be presented to parliament on 13 November.
Countrywide protests planned
Protests are already taking place with a demand to grant a salary increase for state sector workers.
Certain parties and groups have planned to intensify agitations countrywide from the middle of this month, ‘Deshaya’ reported quoting intelligence sources.
A detailed intelligence report is due to be given to the government.