Ministry of Defence and Urban Development

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Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
Emblem of Sri Lanka.svg
Agency overview
Formed 1948
Preceding agencies Ministry of External Affairs and Defence
(etc.)
Jurisdiction Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Annual budget

Rs 290 Billion (2013 est) [1] Rs 230 Billion (2012 est) [2] Rs 214 Billion + 20 Billion supplementary funding (2011 est) [3] Rs 273 Billion (2010 est)

175 Billion Rs + 39 Billion supplementary funding (2009 est)
Minister responsible Mahinda Rajapaksa
Agency executive Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Gotabhaya Rajapaksa
Child agencies
(etc.)
Key document (etc.)
Website http://www.defence.lk/

The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development is the Sri Lankan government ministry responsible for implementation of government defence policy and the headquarters of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence states that its principal objectives are the formulation, co-ordination and the execution of policies in relation to the national security. With the end of the Cold War, the MOD does not foresee any short-term conventional military threat, the main threat to Sri Lanka having been the now-defunct terrorist organization, the LTTE). The Ministry of Defence also manages day-to-day running of the armed forces, contingency planning and defence procurement.

The National Security Council of Sri Lanka is the executive body of the Sri Lankan government that is charged with the maintenance of national security with authority to direct the Sri Lankan military and Police. The Minister of Defence and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff are permanent members of the National Security Council.

History[edit]

With Ceylon gaining independence in 1948, the Ministry of External Affairs and Defence was formed to administer the country's armed forces and formulate defence and foreign policy. The Prime Minister was also the Minister of Defence and External Affairs, and was supported by a Parliamentary Secretary for Defence and External Affairs who was a member of Parliament.

In 1977, J.R Jayawardena's government adapted two separate ministries, forming the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were formed. Since then many presidents retained the portfolio of Minister of Defence under him/her self, except for a few brief periods. In 1999 the National Security Council was established removing the direct control the military from the deputy Minister of Defence.

In 2011, the ministry was renamed Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.[4]

List of Defence Ministers[edit]

Parties

      Sri Lanka Freedom Party       United National Party

# Portrait Name Party Tenure Head(s) of Government Ministerial title
1 Don Stephen Senanayake Don Stephen Senanayake United National Party 24 September 1947 - 22 March 1952 Don Stephen Senanayake Minister of External Affairs and Defence
2 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 22 March 1952 - 12 October 1953 Dudley Senanayake
3 John Kotelawala United National Party 12 October 1953 - 12 April 1956 John Kotelawala
4 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 12 April 1956 - 26 September 1959 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
5 Wijeyananda Dahanayake Sri Lanka Freedom Party 26 September 1959 - 20 March 1960 Wijeyananda Dahanayake
6 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 21 March 1960 - 21 July 1960 Dudley Senanayake
7 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 21 July 1960 - 25 March 1965 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
8 Dudley Senanayake Dudley Senanayake United National Party 25 March 1965 - 29 May 1970 Dudley Senanayake
9 Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sirimavo Bandaranaike Sri Lanka Freedom Party 29 May 1970 - 23 July 1977 Sirimavo Bandaranaike
10 Junius Richard Jayewardene Junius Richard Jayewardene United National Party 23 July 1977 - 4 February 1978 Junius Richard Jayewardene
Ranasinghe Premadasa United National Party 1989 - ? -
Ranjan Wijeratne United National Party  ? - ?
Dingiri Banda Wijetunga United National Party  ? - ?
Tilak Marapana United National Party 12 December 2001 - ?
Mahinda Rajapaksa Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Freedom Party 19 November 2005 – present Mahinda Rajapaksa Minister of Defence and urban development

Funding[edit]

Year Appropriated endowment (Billion) Rs Supplementary funding (Billion) Rs Cumulative expenditure (Billion) Rs
1948 - -
1988 5 - 5
1989 4 - 9
1990 7 - 16
1991 11 - 27
1992 14 - 41
1993 17 - 58
1994 21 - 79
1995 39 - 118
1996 42 - 160
1997 41 - 201
1998 47 - 248
1999 44 - 292
2000 63 - 355
2001 60 - 415
2002 54 - 469
2003 52 - 521
2004 62 - 583
2005 64 - 647
2006 82 - 729
2007 140[5] - 869
2008 166[6] - 1035
2009 175 39 1249
2010 273 None 1552
2011 214 20 1756
2012 230 None 1986
2013 290 None 2276

Senior officials[edit]

Objectives[edit]

Key Functions[edit]

Departments that come under the Ministry of Defence[edit]

Ministers attached to the Ministry of Defence[edit]

Since the establishment of the MoD in 1978 the portfolio of Minister of Defence was held by the President of Sri Lanka, except for a few brief periods . However a minister oversaw activities of the MoD and the armed forces. Incomplete

Permanent Secretaries[edit]

Incomplete

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]