Playing ducks and drakes with ministries
The gazette notification released on September 22, a month after the
formation of the National Unity Government has made far-reaching changes
in the allocation of subjects to a number of ministries.
According to the gazette notification, 20 key institutions including
the Central Bank, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka,
the National Youth Services Council, the Department of Census and
Statistics, the Employees Trust Fund (ETF) and the National Youth
Brigade will come under the purview of Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremesinghe, who is also the Minister of National Policy and Economic
A number of key institutions which were under the scope of the
Finance Ministry have been subjected to drastic changes and brought
under the supervision of the Minister of National Policy and Economic
Affairs including the Central Bank, the National Planning Department,
Foreign Resources Department, the Debt Information Department, the
National Salaries Commission, National Insurance Trust Fund, the
Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and
In addition, all State banks and the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation
and companies operated under it and other associated institutions, which
were under the purview of Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake have been
brought under the Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Kabir
Finance Minister Karunanayake will be in charge of 26 institutions
including the Treasury, Inland Revenue Department, Sri Lanka Insurance
Board, the National Lotteries Board, Valuation Department and the Sri
Lanka Customs and Excise Department.
Several institutions such as the Department of Immigration and
Emigration, the Department of Registration of Persons, National
Dangerous Drugs Control Board, the Urban Development Authority (UDA),
Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, the Department
of Census and Statistics, ETF, Highways, Port and Aviation and National
Operations Room which were under the purview of the President have been
vested with some newly formed ministries.
The scopes of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and Transport Ministry has
undergone major changes. Some institutions under these ministries have
been brought under new ministries formed by the new government. Sri
Lanka Telecom and its subsidiaries and associates, Department of
Telecommunication (under liquidation), Information and Communication
Technology Agency which previously came under the Foreign Minister will
function under Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructure Minister
Harin Fernando. All IT parks are also come under his purview.
The Minister of Public Enterprise Development will be in charge of 19
institutions including all State banks, SriLankan Airlines and Mihin
Lanka. Earlier SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka were administered by
the Ministry of Aviation.
All institutions which cater to transport needs including, buses,
private buses, train and air travel will come under the Minister of
Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva who will also over look the Airport
and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited and the Civil Aviation
Authority of Sri Lanka.
Urban Development Authority
The Urban Development Authority which functioned under the Defence
Ministry during the former UPFA government will fall under the purview
of Minister of Megapolis and Western Province Development Patali
The Kottawa – Kaduwela and Kadawatha Urban Development Project will
also come under the purview of Minister Ranawaka. Minister of Law and
Order and Prison Reforms Thilak Marapana will be in charge of the Police
Department, Dangerous Drugs Control Board and Prisons Department while
the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Department of
Registrations of Persons, Department of National Museum will fall under
the purview of Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and
Cultural Affairs S.B Nawinne.
Several institutions such as the Central Cultural Fund,
Archaeological Department, Tower Hall Theater Foundation, Public
Performance Board, National Performing Arts Centre, Ape Gama and
Department of National Archives which were under the Cultural Affairs
and NationalHeritage Ministries earlier will come under Minister of
Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam. Minister of University Education and
Highways Lakshman Kiriella has been vested with the task of broadening
the avenues to access higher education as well creating a national road
network of higher standard. Five Higher Education Institutions and the
Road Development Authority and Road Maintenance Trust Fund will come
under the Ministry of University Education and Highways.
Twelve institutions will come under the Minister of Housing and
Construction Sajith Premadasa including the National Housing Development
Authority, State Engineering Corporation and Building Material
Corporation.In addition, 14 institutions will come under the purview of
Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake.
All Fertilizer companies will come under the purview of the Ministry
of Agriculture but the Paddy Marketing Board comes as a subject purview
of Minister of Rural Economy P. Harrison along with Department Of Animal
Production and Health and the Department of Mineral Resources.