Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed new state and deputy ministers in a cabinet re-shuffle promised after setbacks in local government polls earlier this year.
The move follows the appointment of several new cabinet ministers on Tuesday, 01 May by President Maithripala Sirisena who had promised a more ‘scientific’ allocation of portfolios when elected in 2015.
On May 02 following appointments were announced.
H. M. M. Harees: Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise and Kandy Development.
Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana: Deputy Minister of National Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages.
Muthu Sivalingam: Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Wayamba Development.
Manusha Nanayakkara: Deputy Minister of Telecommunication, Digital Infrastructure and Foreign Employment.
Palitha Kumara Thewarapperuma: Deputy Minister of Sustainable Development, Wildlife and Regional Development.
Sarathie Dushmantha: Deputy Minister of Justice and Prison Reforms.
Karunarathna Paranawithana: Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hill Country Heritage
Ranjan Ramanayake: Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment.
Dunesh Gankanda: Deputy Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms.
Ameer Ali Shihabdeen: Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy.
Weerakumara Dissanayake: State Minister of Mahaweli Development.
Sriyani Wijewickrama: State Minister of Sports, Provincial Councils and Local Government.
Lakshman Senewiratne: State Minister of Science, Technology and Research, Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hill Country Heritage.
A.D. Champika Premadasa: State Minister of Plantation Industries.
Mohan Lal Grero: State Minister of Higher Education and Cultural Affairs.
M.L.A.M. Hizbullah: State Minister of Highways and Road Development.
Dilip Wedaarachchi: State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development and Rural Economy.
Palitha Range Bandara: State Minister of Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management and Disaster Management.