39 Secretaries appointed to new Ministries
Jan 20, 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena advised the top public servants to set an example to restore the ruined image of the Public Service that was heavily eroded in recent years.
After handing over letters of appointment to new Secretaries to Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (January 19), President Sirisena said it is the responsibility of the new secretaries to ensure the pledge of good governance of the new administration is implemented in full.
Public service is a service to serve the people, and it is your duty to ensure that the people visiting the government offices receive a proper hearing and a speedy service, he told the secretaries. If the public is not satisfied and people will have to go to government offices several times to get their work done, it is not a public service. It is your responsibility to ensure that this would not happen in your ministries, he said.
President Maithripala Sirisena emphasized the imperative need to reduce the unnecessary public expenditure and waste. “The newspapers are full of advertisements by different ministries. That should be stopped. It is not necessary to spend public funds to promote personalities. Furthermore, I believe that over exposure is bad for a good image. Over promotion of a valuable product will result in decline of its value,” he said.
The President instructed the top public servants to deal with all provincial councils equability and with cordiality. Ensure that the fruits of development are equally distributed to all nine provinces, he said.
He urged the secretaries to take effective steps to end corrupt practices and malpractices in the Public Sector and asked them to use their knowledge and experience to serve the government and the people.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Presidential Secretary P B Abeykoon also participated in the ceremony.
Secretaries to the new Ministries are as follows:
Defence Mr. B.M.U.D. Basnayake
Mahaweli Development & Environment Mr. N. Rupasinghe
Policy Planning, Economic Affairs,Child,Youth & Cultural Affairs Prof. K.Liyanage
Public Order, Disaster Management & Christian Affairs Mr. T.M.K.B.Tennakoon
Home Affairs & Fisheries Mr. S.D.A.B.Borelessa
Food Security Mr. P.H.J.B. Sugathadasa
Foreign Affairs Mrs. C. Wagishwara
Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local Government & Democratic Governance Mr. J. Dadallage
Plantation Industries Mr. A.M. Jayawickrema
Finance Dr. R.H.S.Samaratunga
Urban Development, Water Supply & Drainage Mr.K. Hettiarachchi
Power & Energy Dr. .M.S. Batagoda
Health & Indigenous Medicine Dr. D.M.R.B. Dissanayake
Irrigation & Agriculture Mr.B. Wijayarathne
Highways, Higher Eucation & Investment Promotion Mr. U.R.Seneviratne
Lands Dr. I.H.K Mahanama
Housing & Samurdhi Mr. P.H.L. Wimalasiri Perera
Justice & Labour Relations Ms.W.F. Kamalini de Silva
Mass Media & Parliamentary Affairs Mr. K.Paranavithana
Tourism & Sports Mr.M.I.M Rafeek
Ports, Shipping & Aviation Mr.L.P. Jayampathy
Industry & Commerce Mr. W.H.Karunarathne
Plantation Infrastructure Development Mr.V.Sivagnanasothy
Resettlement, Reconstruction & Hindu Religious Affairs Mrs. R. Nadarajapillai
Education Mr. Upali Marasinghe
Foreign Employment Mr. G.S.Vithanage
Social Services,Welfare & Livestock Ms. D.K.R. Ekanayake
Women’s Affairs Mrs. W.S. Karunaratne
Muslim Religious Affairs & Posts Mr. Abdul Majeed
State Ministry of Culture Ms. H.D.S. Malkanthi
State Ministry of Education Mr. D. Nanayakkara
State Ministry of Aviation Mr. D. Saranapala
State Ministry of Power & Energy Mr. H.M.B.C. Herath
State Ministry of Fisheries Mr. Nimal Dharmasiri Hettiarachchi
State Ministry of Children’s Affairs Mr. S.S. Miyanawala
State Ministry of Higher Education Mr. P. Ranepura
State Ministry of Defence Mr. A.P.G. Kithsiri
State Ministry Plantation Industries Ms. R. Wijialudchumi
State Ministry of Youth Affairs Ms. N.D. Sugathadasa