Amunugama wants a contented public service
Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama (centre), Secretary D. Dissanayake
and the Director Media (right) Rohana Wettasinghe of the Public
Administration Ministry, at the media briefing.
The main objective of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service should be
to provide a better service to the public, said Minister of Public
Administration and Home Affairs and Deputy Minister of Finance and
Planning, Dr. Sarath Amunugama.
An effective working culture should be established in the country. As
individuals we should have the will to work, he stressed.
Addressing a media briefing at the Ministry of Public Administration
he said that as the minister in charge of public administration, he is
satisfied with the performance of the public service but not as a
citizen of this country.
Explaining the steps taken to improve the productivity of his
ministry during the past few months, the Minister said that his aim is
to have a contented public service. There is a big demand from the
people to improve the productivity of the public service. The public
service is not meant for providing jobs to the people but to render a
service to the country, he emphasized.
"According to the public service restructuring program the
productivity and the efficiency of the central government are being
improved to cater to the needs of the people expeditiously."The Sri
Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) personnel numbering 558 who had been
released to provincial administration two decades ago will soon be taken
back to the central government in an effort to improve the quality of
the administrative service. Last week 117 officers were promoted to SLAS
super Grade. All vacancies will be filled in the administrative service
in the near future. A fresh batch of 131 officers was recruited to SLAS
Grade 3 recently, he said.
"All state institutions have been instructed to instal finger
printing machines to record the arrival and departure of public
officers. All divisional secretaries and the Pensions Department have
been fully automated to provide better and far quicker service to the
public. As a result documents such as birth and death certificates can
now be obtained within a few minutes," the minister concluded.