Cabinet of Sri Lanka
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As of November 2013 the Cabinet had 67 members - President, Prime Minister, 10 Senior Ministers, 54 Ministers and one Cabinet Minister for Special Projects. There are also 2 Project Ministers and 37 Deputy Ministers (excludes one Deputy Minister who is also a Senior Minister and one Deputy Minister who is a Cabinet Minister for Special Projects). Former cabinet, also known as the "Jumbo Cabinet," holding a world record for the largest cabinet, was dissolved in February 2010, and a new cabinet appointed on 23 April 2010.
The Executive Council of Ceylon was the Executive Council created in British Ceylon by the British colonial administration on the recommendations of the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission along with the Legislative Council of Ceylon, as the legislative body, on March 13, 1833.
At its creation the Executive Council was headed by the Governor, along with five members appointed by the Governor. These five members were officials who held the posts of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Auditor-General, the Treasurer and the General Officer Commanding, Ceylon. The Council exercised executive power and advised the governor. As a result of the First Manning Reforms three non-officials were elected to the executive council.
With enactment of the new constitution of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1947 the Executive Council was replaced by a National Cabinet.
The President is a member of and head of the Cabinet. The President appoints as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament who has the confidence of Parliament. Other ministers of the Cabinet are appointed by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister. The President may appoint himself to any ministry he chooses. The President also appoints, in consultation with the Prime Minister, ministers who are not a member of the Cabinet (Non-Cabinet Ministers, Project Ministers, Deputy Ministers). The Cabinet meets several times a week to discuss vital issues.
|Party||Incumbent||Office||Ministry||In office since||Deputy Minister /
Project Minister (PM)
||President||19 November 2005||Lalith Weeratunga||3,842||3,562||president.gov.lk|
|Minister of Defence & Urban Development||Defence & Urban Development||19 November 2005||Gotabhaya Rajapaksa||248,102||41,400||defence.lk|
|Minister of Finance & Planning||Finance & Planning||19 November 2005||Sarath Amunugama||P. B. Jayasundera||38,988||48,480||treasury.gov.lk|
|Minister of Law & Order||Law & Order||26 August 2013||Nanda Mallawaarachchi||||||mohsl.gov.lk|
|Minister of Highways, Ports & Shipping||Highways, Ports & Shipping||23 April 2010||Rohitha Abeygunawardena (PM)
Nirmala Kotalawala (PM)
|R. W. R. Pemasiri||214||131,400||mohsl.gov.lk|
|2||SLFP||D. M. Jayaratne
||Prime Minister||21 April 2010||Sirisena Amarasekara||226||96||pmoffice.gov.lk|
|Minister of Buddhasasana & Religious Affairs||Buddhasasana & Religious Affairs||23 April 2010||M. K. D. S. Gunawardena||H. P. C. Herath||950||878|
||Senior Minister of International Monetary
|22 November 2010|
|4||UNP (D)||P. Dayaratna||Senior Minister of Food & Nutrition||22 November 2010|
|5||SLFP||Milroy Fernando||Senior Minister of Social Welfare||22 November 2010|
|6||SLFP||A. H. M. Fowzie||Senior Minister of Urban Affairs||22 November 2010|
|7||SLFP||Piyasena Gamage||Senior Minister of National Resources||22 November 2010|
|8||CPSL||D. E. W. Gunasekera||Senior Minister of Human Resources||22 November 2010|
|9||SLFP||S. B. Nawinne||Senior Minister of Consumer Welfare||22 November 2010|
|10||SLFP||Athauda Seneviratne||Senior Minister of Rural Affairs||22 November 2010|
|11||LSSP||Tissa Vitharana||Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs||22 November 2010|
||Senior Minister of Good Governance
|22 November 2010|
|13||UNP||Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena||Minister of Investment Promotion||Investment Promotion||28 January 2013||Faiszer Musthapha|||||
|14||SLFP||Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena||Minister of Agriculture||Agriculture||23 April 2010||Y. G. Padmasiri||Wijerathne Sakalasooriya||2,694||2,700||agrimin.gov.lk|
|15||SLFP||Dullas Alahapperuma||Minister of Youth Affairs & Skills Development||Youth Affairs & Skills Development||23 April 2010||Duminda Dissanayake||K .A. Thilakarathne||4,198||4,275||youthskillsmin.gov.lk|
|16||SLFP||Mahindananda Aluthgamage||Minister of Sport||Sports||22 November 2010||A. M. Jayawickrama||843||1,800||sportsmin.gov.lk|
|17||SLFP||Mahinda Amaraweera||Minister of Disaster Management||Disaster Management||22 November 2010||Duleep Wijesekera||S. M. Mohamed||655||712||disastermin.gov.lk|
|18||NC||A. L. M. Athaullah||Ministry of Local Government & Provincial Councils||Local Government & Provincial Councils||23 April 2010||Indika Bandaranayake||R. A. A. K. Ranawaka||103,000||29,790||pclg.gov.lk|
|19||ACMC||Risad Badhiutheen||Minister of Industry & Commerce||Industry & Commerce||23 April 2010||Lakshman Wasantha Perera||Anura Siriwardena||950||1,710||industry.gov.lk|
|20||SLFP||Jagath Balasuriya||Minister of National Heritage||National Heritage||22 November 2010||Nanda Wickramasinghe||850||725||heritagemin.gov.lk|
|21||SLFP||Reginald Cooray||Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion||Minor Export Crop Promotion||22 November 2010||Nishantha Muthuhettigamage||Vajira Narampanawa||436||495||mcropmin.lk|
|22||SLMC||Basheer Segu Dawood||Minister of Productivity Promotion||Productivity Promotion||28 January 2013||A. Damitha N. de Zoysa||350||113|
|23||SLFP||Nimal Siripala de Silva||Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management||Irrigation & Water Resources Management||23 April 2010||W. B. Ekanayake||K. W. Ivan de Silva||3,600||36,900||irrigationmin.gov.lk|
||Minister of Traditional Industries &
Small Enterprise Development
|Traditional Industries &
Small Enterprise Development
|23 April 2010||P. Weerakumara Dissanayake||V. Sivagnanasothy||540||383||tisedmin.gov.lk|
|25||SLFP||Duminda Dissanayake||Minister of Educational Services||Educational Services||28 January 2013||K. P. Kanthi Perera|||||
|26||UNP (D)||Navin Dissanayake||Minister of Public Management Reforms||Public Management Reforms||22 November 2010||W. M. Bandusena||82||90||reformsmin.gov.lk|
|27||SLFP||Salinda Dissanayake||Minister of Indigenous Medicine||Indigenous Medicine||22 November 2010||Pandu Bandaranaike||Lalith Kannangara||950||504||indigenousmedimini.gov.lk|
|28||UNP (D)||S. B. Dissanayake
||Minister of Higher Education||Higher Education||23 April 2010||Nandimithra Ekanayake||Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna||18,400||9,900||mohe.gov.lk|
|29||SLFP||T. B. Ekanayake||Minister of Culture & the Arts||Culture & the Arts||22 November 2010||Wasantha Ekanayake||950||675||cultural.gov.lk|
|30||UNP (D)||Johnston Fernando
||Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade||Co-operatives & Internal Trade||23 April 2010||Hemal Gunasekara||G. K. D. Amarawardena||1,300||720||trade.gov.lk|
|31||CPSL||Chandrasiri Gajadeera||Minister of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms||Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms||22 November 2010||Sarath Chandrasiri Muthukumarana||G. S. Withanage||4,142||1,180||reprimin.gov.lk|
|32||UNP (D)||Bandula Gunawardane||Minister of Education||Education||23 April 2010||Mohan Lal Grero||S. M. Gotabaya Jayaratne||30,500||7,425||moe.gov.lk|
|33||MEP||Dinesh Gunawardena||Minister of Water Supply & Drainage||Water Supply & Drainage||23 April 2010||Nirupama Rajapaksa||A. Abeygunasekara||180||34,521||mwsd.gov.lk|
|34||SLMC||Rauff Hakeem||Minister of Justice||Justice||22 November 2010||Kamalini de Silva||4,351||1,044||justiceministry.gov.lk|
|35||SLFP||Jayarathna Herath||Minister of Botanical Gardens & Public Recreation||Botanical Gardens & Public Recreation||28 January 2013||W. W. Gamage|||||
|36||SLFP||Piyankara Jayaratne||Minister of Civil Aviation||Civil Aviation||22 November 2010||Gitanjana Gunawardena||T. R. C. Ruberu||110||15,200||aviationmin.gov.lk|
|37||SLFP||Sumedha G. Jayasena||Minister of Parliamentary Affairs||Parliamentary Affairs||23 April 2010||Princi Jayatunga||373||44||minparliament.gov.lk|
|38||SLFP||Tissa Karalliyadde||Minister of Child Development & Women's Affairs||Child Development & Women's Affairs||23 April 2010||E. W. F. Illayapparachchi||795||252||childwomenmin.gov.lk|
|39||SLFP||Jeewan Kumaranatunga||Minister of Postal Services||Posts & Telecommunications||22 November 2010||Sanath Jayasuriya||Asoka Jayasekara||8,500||315||telepost.gov.lk|
|40||UNP (D)||Gamini Lokuge||Minister of Labour & Labour Relations||Labour & Labour Relations||23 April 2010||Sarath Weerasekara||W. J. L. U. Wijayaweera||1,270||810||labourmin.gov.lk|
|41||DLF||Vasudeva Nanayakkara||Minister of National Languages & Social Integration||National Languages & Social Integration||22 November 2010||M. S. Wickramasinghe||319||212||lanintegmin.gov.lk|
|42||UNP (D)||G. L. Peiris
||Minister of External Affairs||External Affairs||23 April 2010||Neomal Perera||Karunatilaka Amunugama||7,200||855||mea.gov.lk|
|43||SLFP||Dilan Perera||Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare||Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare||22 November 2010||Nissanka N. Wijeratne||101||225||foreignemploymin.gov.lk|
|44||SLFP||Felix Perera||Minister of Social Services||Social Services||23 April 2010||C. A. Suriyaarachchi||Emelda Sukumar||3,583||270||socialwelfare.gov.lk|
|45||SLFP||Susil Premajayanth||Minister of Environment & Renewable Energy||Environment & Renewable Energy||28 January 2013||A. R. M. Abdul Cader||B. M. U. D. Basnayake||1,500||1,800||environmentmin.gov.lk|
|46||SLFP||A. P. Jagath Pushpakumara||Minister of Coconut Development &
Janatha Estate Development
|Coconut Development &
Janatha Estate Development
|22 November 2010||Victor Anthony Perera||Nihal Somaweera||600||1,036||cdjedmin.gov.lk|
||Minister of Economic Development||Economic Development||23 April 2010||S. M. Chandrasena
M. L. A. M. Hisbullah
|P. B. Jayasundara||25,000||63,900||med.gov.lk|
|48||UNP (D)||Keheliya Rambukwella||Minister of Mass Media & Information||Mass Media & Information||23 April 2010||Charitha Herath||2,200||518||media.gov.lk|
||Minister of Technology, Research & Atomic Energy||Technology, Research & Atomic Energy||28 January 2013||Dhara S. Wijayatilake||1,293||1,890||motr.gov.lk|
|50||SLFP||C. B. Rathnayake||Minister of Private Transport Services||Private Transport Services||22 November 2010||Victor Samaraweera||560||207||ptsmin.gov.lk|
||Minister of Plantation Industries||Plantation Industries||23 April 2010||Earl Gunasekara||Sudharma Karunaratne||1,750||1,080||plantationindustries.gov.lk|
|52||UNP (D)||Rajitha Senaratne||Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development||Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development||23 April 2010||Sarath Kumara Gunaratna||Damitha de Zoysa||877||1,811||fisheries.gov.lk|
|53||SLFP||John Seneviratne||Minister of Public Administration & Home Affairs||Public Administration & Home Affairs||23 April 2010||Wijaya Dahanayake||P. B. Abeykoon||125,500||2,385||pubad.gov.lk|
|54||UNP||Lakshman Senewiratne||Minister of Sugar Industry Development||Sugar Industry Development||28 January 2013||Udaya R. Seneviratne|||||
|55||SLFP||Mervyn Silva||Minister of Public Relations & Public Affairs||Public Relations & Public Affairs||22 November 2010||H. P. C. Herath||60||153|
|56||SLFP||Maithripala Sirisena||Minister of Health||Health||23 April 2010||Lalith Dissanayake||Y. D. Nihal Jayathilaka||75,000||18,522||health.gov.lk|
||Minister of Telecommunications &
|22 November 2010||H. M. Gunasekara||118||426||ictmin.gov.lk|
|58||SLFP||Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa||Minister of Wildlife Conservation||Wildlife Conservation||28 January 2013||B. K. U. A Wickramasinghe||41,943||1,316|
|59||SLFP||Janaka Bandara Tennakoon||Minister of Land & Land Development||Land & Land Development||23 April 2010||Siripala Gamalath||T. Asoka Pieris||2,663||2,759||landmin.gov.lk|
|60||SLFP||Dayasritha Thissera||Minister of State Resources & Enterprise Development||State Resources & Enterprise Development||22 November 2010||W. W. Gamage||115||315|
|61||CWC||Arumugam Thondaman||Minister of Livestock & Rural Community Development||Livestock & Rural Community Development||23 April 2010||H. R. Mithrapala||K. M. T. Kendaragama||462||2,408||livestock.gov.lk|
|62||SLFP||Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi||Minister of Power & Energy||Power & Energy||28 January 2013||Premalal Jayasekara||M. M. C. Ferdinando||1,100||27,450||powermin.gov.lk|
|63||SLFP||Gunaratna Weerakoon||Minister of Resettlement||Resettlement||22 November 2010||V. Muralitharan||Janaka Sugathadasa||174||263||resettlementmin.gov.lk|
|64||NFF||Wimal Weerawansa||Minister of Construction, Engineering Services,
Housing & Common Amenities
|Construction, Engineering Services,
Housing & Common Amenities
|23 April 2010||Lasantha Alagiyawanna||P. H. L. W. Perera||735||1,800||houseconmin.gov.lk|
|65||SLFP||Kumara Welgama||Minister of Transport||Transport||23 April 2010||Rohana Dissanayake||Dhammika Perera||15,972||28,800||transport.gov.lk|
|66||SLFP||Anura Priyadharshana Yapa
||Minister of Petroleum Industries||Petroleum Industries||28 January 2013||Sarana Gunawardena||R. H. S. Samaratunga||115||17||petroleummin.gov.lk|
|67||SLFP||S. M. Chandrasena||Cabinet Minister for Special Projects||23 November 2013|
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References and footnotes
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- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1651/3. 26 April 2010.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1681/2. 22 November 2010.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1778/29. 4 October 2012.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1779/6. 8 October 2012.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1783/7. 5 November 2012.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1783/8. 5 November 2012.
- "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President". The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Extraordinary. 1795/43. 31 January 2013.
- "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 43". LawNet.
- "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 44". LawNet.
- "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 45". LawNet.
- "THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA - Article 46". LawNet.
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- Ministry established after the setting of the 2013 budget.