He also said that the Rs. 5000 emission test fee will be reduced to Rs. 1500 as an interim fee while the revenue licence fee will also be reduced from 25 percent to 15 percent in the budget. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today announced some amendments to the 2016 budget in an attempt to win the support of trade unions who have threatened to stage a strike tomorrow.Making a special statement in Parliament, the Prime Minister said that Rs. 2000 will be added to the basic salary of State employees from January. The Prime Minister also said that the Rs. 2500 salary increment for private sector employees should be implemented from May 2016. (Colombo Gazette) read more