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Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs

The Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs (Sinhala: තැපැල්, තැපැල් සේවා හා මුස්ලිම් ආගමික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය Thæpæl, Thæpæl Sēvā hā Muslim Āgamika Katayuthu Amathyanshaya; Tamil: அஞ்சல், அஞ்சல் சேவைகள் மற்றும் முஸ்லிம் சமய அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு) is a cabinet ministry of the Government of Sri Lanka responsible for the implementation of the Muslim Mosques and Charitable Trusts or Wakfs Act, the Post Office Ordinance and the Stamp Ordinance of Sri Lanka.[1] Aside from broader policy formulation, this also includes the maintenance and expansion of the Sri Lanka postal service, the design, release, sale and archiving of the country's postage stamps, representing Sri Lanka's interests at the Universal Postal Union, the oversight of banking, insurance and wire transfer services provided at postal offices, the oversight and administration of Islamic institutions, charities, mosques and their assets in Sri Lanka, the promotion of Islamic education and culture, and facilitating the annual Hajj pilgrimage by Sri Lankan Muslims through coordination with the Government of Saudi Arabia.[1]

Ministry of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs
තැපැල්, තැපැල් සේවා හා මුස්ලිම් ආගමික කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය
அஞ்சல், அஞ்சல் சேவைகள் மற்றும் முஸ்லிம் சமய அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு
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Ministry overview
FormedSeptember 26, 1947; 71 years ago (1947-09-26)
(as Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications)
Preceding Ministry
  • Ministry of Communications and Works
JurisdictionDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
HeadquartersFloors 6 & 8, Postal Headquarters Building,
310 D. R. Wijewardena mawatha
Colombo 10
6°55′40″N 79°51′29″E / 6.927887°N 79.857956°E / 6.927887; 79.857956
Annual budget
  • LKR 12 billion (2016, recurrent)
  • LKR 0.2 billion (2016, capital)
Minister responsible
  • M. H. A. Haleem, Minister of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Duleep Wijesekera, Deputy Minister of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs
Ministry executive
  • D.G.M.V. Hapuarachchi, Ministry Secretary
Child agencies
  • Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs
  • Philatelic Bureau
  • Sri Lanka Post
Key documents
  • Muslim Mosques and Charitable Trusts or Wakfs Act, No. 51 of 1956
  • Post Office Ordinance, No. 11 of 1908
  • Stamp Ordinance, No. 22 of 1909
Websiteminpost.gov.lk

The current Minister and Deputy Minister of Posts, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs are M. H. A. Haleem and Duleep Wijesekera respectively.[2][3] The ministry's secretary is D.G.M.V. Hapuarachchi.[4]

MinistersEdit

Ministers of Posts
Name Portrait Party Took office Left office Head of government Ministerial title Refs
Mohamed Macan Markar 1931 1936 Minister of Communications and Works [5]
John Kotelawala 1936 1945 [6][7]
C. Sittampalam Independent 26 September 1947 D. S. Senanayake Minister of Posts and Telecommunication [8][9][10]
1952 Dudley Senanayake [10]
V. Nalliah United National Party 19 June 1952 12 July 1952 Minister of Posts and Information [10]
S. Natesan United National Party 1952 [10][11]
19 January 1956 John Kotelawala [12]
C. A. S. Marikar Sri Lanka Freedom Party 12 April 1956 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Minister of Posts, Broadcasting and Information [13][14][15][16]
W. Dahanayake
Montague Jayawickrama United National Party 23 March 1960 1960 Dudley Senanayake Minister of Posts, Works and Power [17]
M. P. de Z. Sriwardene 28 May 1963 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Minister of Public Works and Post [18]
Montague Jayawickrama United National Party Dudley Senanayake Minister of Public Works, Posts and Telecommunications [19]
Chelliah Kumarasuriar 31 May 1970 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Minister of Posts and Telecommunications [20][21]
Shelton Jayasinghe United National Party 23 July 1977 J. R. Jayewardene [22][23]
D. B. Wijetunga United National Party [24]
Alick Aluwihare United National Party 18 February 1989 14 March 1991 Ranasinghe Premadasa [25][26][27]
A. M. S. Adhikari United National Party 14 March 1991 [26][27]
Mangala Samaraweera   Sri Lanka Freedom Party 19 August 1994 D. B. Wijetunga [28][29]
Nimal Siripala de Silva Sri Lanka Freedom Party 19 October 2000 Chandrika Kumaratunga [30][31]
Indika Gunawardena Sri Lanka Freedom Party 14 September 2001 [31][32]
D. M. Jayaratne Sri Lanka Freedom Party 10 April 2004 Minister of Post, Telecommunications and Udarata Development [33][34][35]
23 November 2005 Mahinda Rajapaksa Minister of Posts and Telecommunication [36]
Rauff Hakeem   Sri Lanka Muslim Congress 28 January 2007 December 2007 [37][38][39][40][41]
Jeewan Kumaranatunga Sri Lanka Freedom Party 23 April 2010 [42][43][44]
22 November 2010 Minister of Postal Services [45][46]
M. H. A. Haleem United National Party 21 January 2015 17 August 2015 Maithripala Sirisena Minister of Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts [47][48][49]
4 September 2015 Minister of Posts, Postal Service and Muslim Affairs [50][51][52]

SecretariesEdit

Posts Secretaries
Name Took office Left office Title Refs
Asoka Jayasekara 25 April 2010 Posts and Telecommunication Secretary [53]
22 November 2010 Postal Services Secretary [54]
Abdul Majeed 19 January 2015 Muslim Religious Affairs and Posts Secretary [55][56]
P. H. L. Wimalasiri Perera 8 September 2015 Postal, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Secretary [57][58][59]
D. G. M. V. Hapuarachchi 1 August 2016 Postal, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Secretary [4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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