President amends several ministerial portfolios via extra-gazette

President amends several ministerial portfolios via extra-gazette

President amends several ministerial portfolios via extra-gazette

Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi

08 Jul, 2021 | 9:34 am

COLOMBO (News 1st): President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette amending the ministerial portfolios of several Ministries.

According to the extraordinary gazette issued on Wednesday (Jul. 07), the Ministry of Finance, which came under the purview of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa jointly with Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs and Minister of Urban Development & Housing will now function as a separate Ministry.

A new ministerial portfolio titled, “Minister of Economic Policies and Plan Implementation”, has been established through the extraordinary gazette.

10 institutions including the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL), the Department of Census and Statistics, and the National Planning Department will now come under the purview of the new Ministry.

Meanwhile, as per the extra-gazette, the newly established Selendiva Investments Limited will come under the State Minister of Urban Development, Waste Disposal, and Community Cleanliness.

Furthermore, another new ministry titled “State Minister of Coast Conservation & Low-Lying Lands Development” has been established through the gazette.

The Marine Environmental Protection Authority (MEPA), which was under the purview of the State Ministry of Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal, and Community Cleanliness, will now come under the new State Ministry of Coast Conservation & Low-Lying Lands Development.

According to the extraordinary gazette, a new “State Ministry of Promoting the Production & Regulating the Supply of Organic Fertilizer, and Paddy & Grains, Organic Foods, Vegetables, Fruits, Chillies, Onion and Potato Cultivation Promoting, Seed Production and Advanced Technology Agriculture” will also be established.

Seven institutions including the National Fertilizer Secretariat and Ceylon Fertilizer Company Ltd. will come under the purview new State Ministry.

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