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The Cabinet of Sri Lanka is the council of ministers that form the central government of Sri Lanka. It is responsible to and answerable to parliament.[1] The current cabinet is the Sirisena cabinet.

As of 21 December 2018 the cabinet had 30 members – president, prime minister and 28 ministers. There are also three non-cabinet ministers, 17 state ministers and seven deputy ministers who are not members of the cabinet.

BackgroundEdit

 
The first Cabinet of Ministers of Ceylon in 1947

The Executive Council of Ceylon was the Executive Council created in British Ceylon by the British colonial administration on the recommendations of the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission along with the Legislative Council of Ceylon, as the legislative body, on March 13, 1833.

At its creation the Executive Council was headed by the Governor, along with five members appointed by the Governor. These five members were officials who held the posts of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Auditor-General, the Treasurer and the General Officer Commanding, Ceylon. The Council exercised executive power and advised the governor. As a result of the First Manning Reforms three non-officials were elected to the executive council.

With enactment of the new constitution of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1947 the Executive Council was replaced by a National Cabinet.

CompositionEdit

The president is a member of and head of the cabinet.[1] The president appoints as prime minister a Member of Parliament who has the confidence of parliament.[1] Other ministers of the cabinet are appointed by the president in consultation with the prime minister.[2] The president may appoint himself to any ministry he chooses.[2] According to the constitution the president must be the Minister of Defence.[3] The President also appoints, in consultation with the Prime Minister, ministers who are not a member of the Cabinet (Non-Cabinet Ministers, Project Ministers, Deputy Ministers).[4][5] The cabinet meets several times a week to discuss vital issues.

Privileges of officeEdit

SalaryEdit

A Minister or State Minister would receive a salary of Rs. 140,000 (having been increased from 65,000 from January 2018); while a deputy minister would receive a salary of Rs. 135,000 (having been increased from 63,500 from January 2018); paid monthly from the respective ministry budget.[6] In addition, since all ministers are members of parliament they are entitled to allowances and benefits of parliamentarians.[7]

Official residence and officeEdit

Cabinet Ministers are entitled to an official residence, as well as an office and personal staff allocated from his ministry.

TravelEdit

Each Cabinet Minister is entitled to three vehicles, which includes an official vehicle and security vehicle provided and maintained by their ministry. For domestic air travel, helicopters from the No. 4 (VVIP/VIP) Helicopter Squadron of the Sri Lanka Air Force are charted by the ministry.

SecurityEdit

Traditionally security for the ministers have been provided by the Sri Lanka Police. During emergencies military units have been allocated to bolster security to certain ministers based on treat levels. At present the Ministerial Security Division is in charge of security of ministers.

ListEdit

Current CabinetEdit

Minister Portrait Party Office Ministry Took office Refs.
Maithripala Sirisena   Sri Lanka Freedom Party President Presidential Secretariat/Office 9 January 2015 [8]
Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment 12 January 2015 [9]
Minister of Defence Ministry of Defence 20 December 2018 [9]
Ranil Wickramasinghe   United National Party Prime Minister Prime Minister's Office 16 December 2018 [10][11][12]
Minister of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training, Skills Development and Youth Affairs Ministry of National Policies, Economic Affairs, Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Province Development, Vocational Training, Skills Development and Youth Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Vajira Abeywardena United National Party Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
John Amaratunga   United National Party Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Thalatha Atukorale   United National Party Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry of Justice and Prison Reforms 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Risad Badhiutheen   All Ceylon Makkal Congress Minister of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Co-operative Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
R. M. Ranjith Madduma Bandara   United National Party Minister of Public Administration and Disaster Management Ministry of Public Administration and Disaster Management 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Palani Digambaran National Union of Workers Minister of Hill Country, New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Ministry of Hill Country, New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Navin Dissanayake United National Party Minister of Plantation Industries Ministry of Plantation Industries 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Harin Fernando   United National Party Minister of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports Ministry of Telecommunication, Foreign Employment and Sports 21 December 2018 [16]
Daya Gamage   United National Party Minister of Labour, Trade Union Relations and Social Empowerment Ministry of Labour, Trade Union Relations and Social Empowerment 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Mano Ganesan   Democratic People's Front Minister of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs Ministry of National Integration, Official Languages, Social Progress and Hindu Religious Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Rauff Hakeem   Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Minister of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education Ministry of City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
M. H. A. Haleem United National Party Minister of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry of Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
P. Harrison   United National Party Minister of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Economic Affairs, Livestock Development, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Kabir Hashim United National Party Minister of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development Ministry of Highways, Road Development and Petroleum Resources Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Chandrani Bandara Jayasinghe United National Party Minister of Women and Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and Dry Zone Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Akila Viraj Kariyawasam United National Party Minister of Education Ministry of Education 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Ravi Karunanayake   United National Party Minister of Power, Energy and Business Development Ministry of Power, Energy and Business Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Gayantha Karunatileka   United National Party Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Ministry of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Lakshman Kiriella United National Party Minister of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development Ministry of Public Enterprise, Kandyan Heritage and Kandy Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Tilak Marapana United National Party Minister of Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Gamini Jayawickrama Perera United National Party Minister of Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Wayamba Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Sajith Premadasa   United National Party Minister of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs Ministry of Housing, Construction and Cultural Affairs 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Arjuna Ranatunga   Democratic National Movement Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Champika Ranawaka   Jathika Hela Urumaya Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Sagala Ratnayaka United National Party Minister of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Southern Development 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]
Malik Samarawickrama United National Party Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade 21 December 2018 [16]
Rajitha Senaratne   Democratic National Movement Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine 20 December 2018 [13][14][15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • "Government Ministers". Policy Research & Information Unit, Presidential Secretariat, Sri Lanka. Archived from the original on 4 December 2003. Retrieved 21 July 2008.
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  3. ^ "Ranil works out peaceful pre-dawn transition of power with Mahinda". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 11 January 2015.
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  7. ^ Of Ministers’ Salaries And Parliamentary Perks
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