President reminds new Ministry secretaries of their fundamental duty

By Dasun Edirisinghe

President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday called on all secretaries of ministries to work hard and live up to people’s expectations.

Addressing the newly appointed Secretaries of Ministries and State Ministries at the Presidential Secretariat, President Sirisena said all public officials should work to eradicate bribery, corruption, waste and misuse of public funds and property.

"People elected me by accepting my manifesto," the President said, adding that the main responsibility of new secretaries was to fulfil the promises given therein.

Thirty nine Sri Lanka Administrative Service officers were appointed to the Ministries and State Ministries be President Sirisena.

The new secretaries are: E. M. S. B. Ekanayake (Secretary to the Prime Minister), Sumith Abeysinghe (Secretary to the Cabinet), B. M. U. D. Basnayake (Defence Ministry), N. Pupasinghe (Mahaweli Development and Environment), Prof. K. Liyanage (Policy Planning, Economics Affairs, Children, Youth and Cultural Affairs Ministry), T. M. K. B. Tennakoon (Public Security, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs Ministry), S. D. A. B. Boralessa (Home Affairs and Fisheries Ministry), P. H. J. B. Sugathadasa (Food Security Ministry), C. Wageeshwara (Foreign Affairs), J. Dadallage (Buddha Sasana, Public Administration, Provincial Councils, Local government and Democratic Administration Ministry), A. M. Jayawickrema (Plantation Ministry), Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga (Finance Ministry), K. Hettiarachchi (Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Ministry), Dr. B. M. S. Batagoda (Power and Energy Ministry), Dr. D. M. R. B. Dissanayake (Health and Indigenous Medicine), B. Wijayaratne (Irrigation and Agriculture Ministry), U. R. Seneviratne (Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion Ministry), Dr. I. H. K. Mahanama (Lands Ministry), P. H. L. Wimalasiri Perera (Housing and Samurdhi Ministry), W. F. Kamalani de Silva (Justice and Labour Relations Ministry), K. Paranavithana (Media and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry), M. I. M. Rafik (Tourism and Sports Ministry), L. P. Jayampathy (Ports, Shipping and Aviation Ministry), W. H. Karunaratne (Industry and Commerce Ministry), V. Sivagnanasothy (Estate Infrastructure Development Ministry), R. Nadarasa Pillai (Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry), Upali Marasinghe (Education Ministry), P. S. Vithanage (Foreign Employment Ministry), D. K. R. Ekanayake (Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development Ministry), W. K. Karunaratne (Women’s Affairs Ministry), Abdul Majeed (Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts Ministry), H. D. S. Malkanthi (State Ministry of Cultural Affairs), D. Nanayakkara (State Ministry of Education), D. Saranapala (State Ministry of Aviation), H. M. B. C. Herath (State Ministry of Power and Energy), P. Ranepura (State Ministry of Higher Education), A. P. G. Kithsiri ) State Ministry of Defence), Nimal Dharmasiri Hettiarachchi (State Ministry of Fisheries), S. S. Miyanawala (State Ministry of Child Affairs), Vijaya Lechchami (State Ministry of Plantation) and N. D. Sugathadasa (State Minitry of Youth Affairs).

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