Written by Tharushan Fernando
11 Sep, 2015 | 10:34 pm
Several ministers of the new government assumed duties on Friday.
Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne assumed duties at the Ministry today. The event was presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Minister of Health, Rajitha Senaratne noted that many regulations have come into effect through the combination of blood sweat and tears and therefore “we need to establish a constitution in the country and that will be our objective for the future.
Ruwan Wijewardena assumed duties today as the State Minister of Defence. The event was also presided over by the President.
The State Minister of Defence stated:
National Security will be our top priority and we hope to strengthen national security and my objective will be to look in to the needs of the war heroes who defeated terrorism that destroyed the country, and render a great service to those servicemen.
Faiszer Musthapha assumed duties as minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils following religious observances where he noted:
We are a national government and a consensual government and therefore we all have a responsibility. So, we must not only think of the party and as the national government; we need to give priority to the needs of the nation
Minister Sujeewa Senasinghe assumed duties today as the Minister of International Trade amid the chanting of pirith by the Maha Sangha.
Sujeewa Senasinghe stated:
We have not been able to even manufacture a coconut scraper in the country for the past twenty years. B ut now we intend to manufacture electric cars, electric three-wheelers , electric trucks and electric trains in the country. We could manufacture all these in our country and through these ministries, we hope to engage in these manufacturing processes.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Harsha De Silva too assumed duties on Friday. Speaking on the occasion the minister said:
The main economic issue the country faces is the weakened economic relations with the international community. So we need to work beyond Geneva and through economic diplomacy we hope to bring development to all the people
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