One secretariat for ten senior ministers

By Chandani Kirinde

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has established a Senior Ministers’ Secretariat and appointed two retired ministry secretaries as Co-Chief Executive Officers to it.

The former Labour Relations and Productivity Improvement Ministry Secretary Mahinda Madihahewa and former Sports Ministry Secretary Sirisena Liyanagama have been appointed as the co-CEOs of the Secretariat.

The Senior Ministers’ Secretariat will be considered a government department for the purpose of the Establishments Code and Financial Regulations but will not be specifically Instead it will function in a way that will enable the ten senior ministers who have been appointed by the President to carry out the functions assigned to them.

The Presidential directive has been made in terms of powers vested in him under Article 33 of the constitution to continue with Government Business in a more coordinated, cost effective and expeditious manner.

The ten senior ministers are: Ratnasiri Wickremanayake (Good Governance and Infrastructure), D.E.W. Gunasekera (Human Resources), Athauda Seneviratna (Rural Affairs), P.Dayaratna (Food security), A.H.M. Fowzie (Urban Affairs), Milroy Fernando (Social Welfare), S.B. Nawinna (Consumer Welfare), Piyasena Gamage (National Resources), Tissa Vitharana (Scientific Affairs) and Sarath Amunugma (International Monetary Co-operation).

This secretariat will function under the purview of the Presidential Secretariat.

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