Published on: August 16, 2022

Reasonable justification required when appointing new Heads of Government Institutions

• Presidential Committee for granting approval

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee to oversee and grant prior approval for new appointments or changes to the existing positions of chairmen and directors of state corporations, statutory boards and state-owned enterprises.

President’s Secretary Saman Ekanayake will chair the committee includes Prime Minister’s Secretary Anura Dissanayake and Cabinet Secretary W.M.D.J. Fernando.
President’s Additional Secretary Chaminda Kularatne will serve as the Secretary of this committee.
In the event it is required to change the positions of chairmen or board of directors of state corporations, statutory boards and state-owned enterprises, it is mandatory to submit nominations to the above committee with justifiable reasons and obtain prior approval.
This committee has been appointed paying heed to the written requests made to the President periodically, to change the positions of certain chairmen and board of directors of state corporations, statutory boards and state-owned enterprises without prior agreement and certain informal appointments.
Accordingly, a letter has been sent directly to all the secretaries of ministries under the signature of the President’s Secretary, and copies have been sent to the Prime Minister’s Secretary and the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy for the implementation of necessary arrangements.

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