President Rajapaksa Appoints 24 New State Ministers Including SJB’s Diana Gamage, TPA’s Aravindkumar and SLFP’s Suren Raghavan; Actress Geetha Kumarasinghe is State Minister of Culture and Performing Arts While Lohan Ratwatte Gets Urban Development


A total of 24 new State Ministers were also sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday (18) evening, following the swearing in of 17 new Ministers amidst the political turmoil in the country.

Accordingly, Prof. G.L. Peiris, who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, was appointed as the State Minister of Defence, Rohana Dissanayake as the State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, Arundika Fernando as the State Minister of Plantations, Lohan Ratwatte as the State Minister of Urban Development, and Tharaka Balasuriya as the State Minister of Foreign Affairs.

In addition, Indika Anuruddha was sworn in as the State Minister of Housing, Sanath Nishantha as the State Minister of Water Supply, Siripala Gamlath as the State Minister of Mahaweli Development, Anuradha Jayaratne as the State Minister of Irrigation, and Sisira Jayakody as the State Minister of Indigenous Medicine.

Furthermore, Prasanna Ranaweera was appointed as the State Minister of Industries, D.V. Chanaka as the State Minister of Tourism and Fisheries, D.B. Herath as the State Minister of Livestock, Cader Masthan as the State Minister of Rural Economic Crop Cultivation and Promotion, Ashoka Priyantha as the State Minister of Trade, A. Aravind Kumar as the State Minister of Estate Housing and Community Infrastructure, Geetha Kumarasinghe as the State Minister of Culture and Performing Arts, Gunapala Ratnasekera as the State Minister of Co-operative Services, Business Development, and Consumer Protection, Kapila Nuwan Athukorala as the State Minister of Development of Minor Crops Plantation, Dr. Gayashan Navananda (from the Democratic Left Front, which recently decided to sit independently in the Parliament) as the State Minister of Health, and Dr. Suren Raghavan as the State Minister of Education Services and Reforms.

Dr. Seetha Arambepola was appointed as the State Minister of Education and Technology, Vijitha Berugoda as the State Minister of Ports and Shipping, and Samagi Jana Balawegaya National List MP Diana Gamage as the State Minister of Transport.

Courtesy:The Morning