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Cabinet Ministers sworn-in today

The Magul Maduwa (Ceremonial Hall) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa being decorated for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet and the State Ministers of the new Government today morning. Picture by Asela Kuruluwansa.
The Magul Maduwa (Ceremonial Hall) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa being decorated for the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet and the State Ministers of the new Government today morning. Picture by Asela Kuruluwansa.

Cabinet Ministers and State Ministers will be sworn-in today before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the historic Magul Maduwa (Audience Hall) of the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. This is the first time in recent memory that a Cabinet of Ministers will be sworn in at these precincts. The ceremony will be telecast live over Rupavahini and other channels as public participation will be limited due to health precautions.

What will be their subjects and who will be handling which ministries will be known by noon today as they will be sworn in for 28 ministries and 40 state ministries, which have already been announced through an Extraordinary Gazette notification.

This list includes ministries that come under the purview of the President and the Prime Minister as well.

Political observers say this is a rare occasion when a gazette notification outlining the functions, departments and scope of ministries has been issued even before the swearing in of ministers.

The new Cabinet and other ministers, after swearing in will have to steer the country with a focus to achieve priorities declared in this ministerial structure which is based on fortifying the national security, promoting economic development, infrastructure, education, agriculture, health and sports in the country, Government sources said.

According to these sources, the new Cabinet will comprise a mixture of veterans and new faces elected to Parliament at the August 5 General Election. The majority of ministerial portfolios will naturally go to Sri Lanka Podu Peramuna (SLPP), which had taken a majority of two thirds of Seats in Parliament. Some ministers and state ministers will be from the SLPP National List, the sources said. “Some portfolios will go to elected Members of the allied parties,” they said.

Many of those who held ministerial portfolios in the Caretaker Government are likely to make a comeback in this Cabinet as well, though their subjects could be changed, the sources added. Accordingly, the main ministries will be Defence, Finance, Buddha Sasana, Religious Affairs and Cultural Affairs, Urban Development and Housing, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Administration, Education, Health, Labour, Environment, Wildlife and Conservation, Agriculture, Irrigation, Lands, Fisheries, Plantations, Water Supply, Power, Energy, Ports and Maritime, Highways, Transport, Sports and Youth Affairs, Tourism, Trade and Commerce, Industries and Media. To give an example, the State Minuster of Finance will have to handle the subjects of Capital Markets, State Enterprises, Samurdhi, Micro Finance, Self Employment and Development of Under Utilized State Resources. National priorities, policy responsibilities and functions have also been taken into consideration in formulating Ministries in a methodical manner. State Ministries have been structured to facilitate the achievement of special priorities and the implementation of relevant programmes according to the broad scope of each Ministry.


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