An allowance of military personnel pending for more than two years has been disbursed in a single payment, Haveeru has reported.
Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Spokesperson Colonel Abdul Raheem was quoted as saying in the paper that the allowance was given to the officers who have served in one rank for more than two years.
“Every military officer who had served in a single rank for two years is entitled to Rf250 per month in accordance to the change in regulations in 2009. However, that amount had not been paid. The outstanding amount was paid out in a lump sum with last month’s salaries,” Raheem said, according to Haveeru.
The paper also reported that some officers had received over Rf6000 (US$390) in accrued allowances, although a total figure spent on the pay out, or how many officers received the allowances, was not stated.
The officers will continue to receive the allowance on a monthly basis from this month onward, according to the MNDF.
While the allowance owed to military officers had been paid, the pay cut from police personnel and civil servants by the former government had not been paid thus far.
The new government has issued assurances that the amount of the salary deduction will be paid out.