The expenditure for the fuel allowance entitled to Parliament members has exceeded Rs. 30 million last month, mainly due to the privilege being enjoyed under the existing prices, disclosed Parliament authorities.
Despite occasional price revisions, fuel was issued to MPs for Rs. 120, the value declared in January. Following criticism against the move, it was later decided to issue fuel at the existing prices.
Fuel is distributed based on the district represented by the MPs and accordingly, a MP in the Colombo District is entitled to 280 litres of fuel per month, MPs from Gampaha and Kalutara Districts 350 litres of fuel per month, MPs from Mulativu, Jaffna, Mannar, Digamadulla, and Batticaloa Districts 630 litres per month and MPs from several other districts, 420 litres, 490 litres and 560 litres per month.
Meanwhile, a National List MP is entitled to 400 litres of fuel per month.