Presidential Secretariat

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The Old Parliament Building the near the Galle Face Green, now the Presidential Secretariat
Agency overview
Formed 1978
Jurisdiction Government of Sri Lanka
Headquarters Old Parliament Building, Colombo
Agency executive Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary
Website www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk
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The Presidential Secretariat is the office of the President of Sri Lanka. It provides the administrative and institutional framework for the exercise of the duties, responsibilities and powers vested in the President by the Constitution.

The head of the Presidential Secretariat is the Secretary to the President (also known as the President's Secretary), who is ex officio the most senior civil servant and head of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. The current President's Secretary is Lalith Weeratunga, SLAS. The post as its roots from the post of Secretary to the Governor-General of Ceylon.

Duties[edit]

President's Office will be concerned with the following aspects of governance:-

  • Co-ordinating and reviewing the implementation of Government policy in all sectors;
  • Monitoring progress in the implementation of specific projects and programmes;
  • Addressing perceived public aspirations and grievances, and
  • Maintaining a watching brief over the nation's external relations.
  • Citizens of Sri Lanka does not have right to complaint to the Head of Nation. There is no complaint form on-line and any letter or document from an ordinary citizen of Sri Lanka will not reach the President, unless it's a Presidential election campaign

Divisions[edit]

The Presidential Secretariat includes the following Divisions:

  • Agency Co-ordination Unit (ACU)
  • Chief of Staff Division (COS)
  • Citizens Services and Grievance Response Division (CSGR)
  • Constitutional and Statutory Affairs Division (CSA)
  • Electronic Media Unit (EMU)
  • Establishment & Operations Division (E&O)
  • Establishment and Human Resources Development Unit (EHRDU)
  • Financial and Accounts Division (FAD)
  • Information and Communication Technology Unit (ICT)
  • Internal Administration Unit (IAU)
  • Internal Audit (IA)
  • Legal Affairs Unit (LAU)
  • Media Co-ordination Unit (MCU)
  • Photography and Video Unit (PVU)
  • Policy Co-ordination and Monitoring Division (PCM)
  • Policy Research & Information Unit (PRIU)
  • Presidential Investigation Unit (PIU)
  • President's Fund (PF)
  • Presidents Media Division (PMD)
  • Private Secretary's Division
  • Public Services Evaluation and Social Welfare Unit (PSESW)
  • Religious Affairs Unit (RAU)
  • Secretary Bureau (SB)
  • Special Projects Unit (SPU)
  • Strategy and Perception Management Unit (SPMU)
  • Trade Union Unit (TU)

Statutory institutions[edit]

The following institutions fall within the purview of the Secretary to the President;

  • Public Service Commission
  • Judicial Service Commission
  • Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
  • Board of Management for the Superior Courts Complex
  • Cabinet Memoranda listed in the Agenda and Cabinet Conclusions
  • Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery/Corruption
  • Declarations of Assets and Liabilities

Presidential Secretaries[edit]

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