The director of budget in the Ministry of Finance Mathew Bingie has dismissed wide spread speculations within the military about a pending salary increment.
Clarifying the issue about the conditions of service and salary increment of the military yesterday at defence headquarters, Mr Bingie said that no increment in salary has been made for the military.
Mr Bingie recalled a meeting held between the finance ministry and top military officers where he said the officers were told that because government and the finance ministry does not only cater for the military but other areas, they could not just unilaterally increase salary for the military leaving the other areas.
The director also explained that the country has been going through financial constraints as resources and the revenue situation has not been good, coupled with the electioneering process and the non recipient of donor funds, he said the government resorted to use the little tax collected by NRA.
That, he continued was used to meet the basics for the military.
The military spokesman and deputy chief of defence staff Brigadier Alfred Nelson Williams described the rumours as false as he said there was the tendency for it to cause discontent within the rank and file of the RSLAF.
He also said in addressing some welfare concerns of the military, the government in June this year approved a holistic package of improvement in the conditions of service of the RSLAF which was implemented in July.
Clarifying further, the military spokesman recalled that in 2005 the Armed Forces Personnel Center was required by the directorate of finance and budget at the ministry of finance to draw proposals for 100% and 150% in RSLAF pay and allowances respectively.
He said that the proposal was to be based on the 2005 pay chart and were prepared on two separate sheets putting the lowest rounded pay at le 370,000 and the highest at, le 2,331,500 and le 437,500 at the lowest with le 2,876,500 at the highest for the 150% increase.
These proposals he said were considered by the finance and budgets department to be unaffordable considering the strength of the military. But it was however hoped that with improvement in the economy and further reduction in the strength of the RSLAF, they may be considered for implementation.
“What had happened in June was no change in salaries but the conditions of service in allowances. There was a small net increase in July that every soldier in the RSLAF received and is still receiving” he said.