The government could reduce the salaries of appointees by between 20% and 30%, according to reliable sources.
Our sources say discussions of the proposal are ongoing and the outcome will be made public after a cabinet meeting today (21 March).
The move is to protect social interventions such as the School Feeding Programme.
According to the sources, critical among the matters under discussion is whether to maintain the 20% cut across the board or increase it.
Salaries of ministers, heads of state enterprises as well as heads of municipal and district assemblies will all be affected.