President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appointed three non-Cabinet Ministers, 17 State Ministers, and seven Deputy Ministers at a ceremony held in the Presidential Secretariat in the evening.
United National Party Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha de Silva was appointed as the Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, while Ajith P. Perera was appointed as Minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology, and Sujeewa Senasinghe was appointed Science Technology and Research Minister.
Eran Wickramaratne was assigned his former portfolio as the State Minister of Finance while Vijayakala Maheswaran took oaths as the State Minister of Education.
Ranjan Ramanayake was sworn in as the new State Minister of Highways and Road Development, while Ruwan Wijewardena was appointed as the State Minister of Defence.
The full list of appointments is given below:
Dr. Harsha de Silva –Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Minister
Ajith P. Perera – Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology Minister
Sujeewa Senasinghe – Science Technology and Research Minister
Eran Wickremeratne – State Minister of Finance
Ranjan Ramanayake – State Minister of Highways and Road Development
Vijayakala Maheswaran – State Minister of Education
J. C. Alawathuwala – State Minister of Internal and Home Affairs, and Provincial Councils and Local Government
Ranjith Aluvihara – State Minister of Tourism Development
Wasantha Aluvihara – State Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Economic Affairs
Lucky Jayawardene – State Minister of City Planning and Water Supply
Niroshan Perera – State Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs
Ruwan Wijewardena – State Minister of Defence
Champika Premadasa – State Minister of Power and Renewable Energy
Ashoka Abeysinghe – State Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation
Faizal Cassim – State Minister of Health, Nutrition, and Indigenous Medicine
H. M. M. Harees – State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government
Ameer Ali – State Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Rural Economic Affairs
Dilip Wedaarachchi – State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
A. Z. M. Zeid – State Minister of Social Empowerment
Vadivel Suresh – State Minister of Plantation Industries
Anoma Gamage – Petroleum Resources Development Deputy Minister
Edward Gunasekara – Land and Parliamentary Reforms Deputy Minister
Nalin Bandara – Development Strategies, International Trade Deputy Minister
Ajitha Mannapperuma – Environment Deputy Minister
Karunaratne Paranawithana – Skills Development and Vocational Training Deputy Minister
Buddhika Pathirana – Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister
Palitha Thewarapperuma – Social Empowerment Deputy Minister