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35 state ministers and three deputy ministers take oaths before the President

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By ITN News Editor November 27, 2019 18:17

35 state ministers and three deputy ministers take oaths before the President

35state ministers and three deputy ministers were sworn in before President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat this morning.
Minister of Mahaweli Development, Agriculture & Trade Chamal Rajapaksa was sworn in as the State Minister of Defence. Vasudeva Nanayakkara was the State Minister of Water Supply and Drainage. Gamini Lokugewas sworn in as the State Minister of Urban Development. Mahinda YapaAbeywardeneis the State Minister of Irrigation and Rural Development. S.B. Dissanayake took oaths as State Minister of Land & Land Development. W.D.J.Seneviratneis the State Minister of Economic Affairs and Policy Development and Mahinda Samarasinghe is the State Minister of Public Administration and Internal Affairs. C.B. Ratnayakewas sworn in as the State Minister of Railway Services. Lakshman YapaAbeywardeneis the State Minister of Information and Communication Technology and SusanthaPunchinilameis the State Minister of Small Medium Enterprise Development.
Anura PriyadarshanaYapatook oaths as the State Minister of Trade and Consumer Welfare. SusilPremajayanthais the State Minister of International Relationsand PriyankaraJayaratneis the State Minister of Indigenous Medicine. Ranjith Siyambalapitiyawas sworn in as the State Minister of Education Service. MahindanandaAluthgamagewill be the State Minister of Power. Duminda Dissanayake took oaths as the State Minister of Youth Affairs and Rohitha Abeygunawardeneas the State Minister of Energy. DayasiriJayasekarawill be the State Minister of Industries and LasanthaAlagiyawannawill be the State Minister of Public Management and Accounting. KeheliyaRambukwellawas sworn in as the State Minister of Investment Promotions. Arundika Fernando is the State Minister of Tourism and ThilangaSumathipalais the State Minister of Technology & Innovations.
Mohan Priyadarshana de Silva will be the State Minister of Human Rights & Legal Reforms. VijithaBerugodawas sworn in as State Minister of Women and Child Affairs and Roshan Ranasinghe as the State Minister of Mahaweli Development. JanakaWakkumburais the State Minister of Export Agriculture and ViduraWickremenayakeis the State Minister of Agriculture.
ShehanSemasinghewas sworn in as the State Minister of Development Banks and Loan Schemes and Kanaka Herathas the State Minister of Ports Development Affairs. DilumAmunugamatook oaths as the State Minister of Transport Services Management and Lohan Ratwatteas the State Minister of Roads and Highways Development. Wilamaweera Dissanayake will be the State Minister of Wildlife Resources. Jayantha Samaraweerawas sworn in as the State Minister of Environment and SanathNishantha Perera as the State Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources. TharakaBalasuriyawill be the State Minister of Social Security.
Nimal Lanza was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Community Empowerment and Estate Infrastructure and KanchanaWijesekaraas the Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. IndikaAnuruddhawill be the Deputy Minister of Public Management, Internal Affairs, Provincial Council and Local Government. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, ministers and MPs were present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that ministerial positions are significant responsibilities rather than privileges.
The President highlighted that it was not possible give ministerial positions to everybody who were committed to the presidential election victory due to restrictions created by the constitution. The President stated that though he contemplated to down size the number of State Ministers similar to the number ofcabinetMinisters, the state ministerial positions were created to meet the needs of the people that we were recognised in election manifesto.President Rajapaksa noted that he regrets that he was not able to appoint a female parliamentarian to the position of State Ministry of Women and Child Affairs.The President urged the cabinet Ministers to support the state and deputy ministers to carry out development work.The President said that the state sector should be given new lease of life and make it efficient.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 27, 2019 18:17