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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.

 

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