|Secretary to the|
President of Sri Lanka
2005 November – 2015 January
|Former Secretary to the|
Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
|Born||14 May 1950|
|Spouse(s)||Indrani Sugathadasa Weeratunga|
Rahula College Matara|
Royal College Colombo
University of Colombo
Pennsylvania State University
Lalith Chandrakumar Weeratunga (Sinhala: ලලිත් වීරතුංග Tamil: லலித் வீரதூங்க) (known as Lalith Weeratunga), (born 14 May 1950) SLAS, is the former Permanent Secretary to the President of Sri Lanka (also known as the President's Secretary). As the President's Secretary he was the top civil servant in the country and de facto head of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service. Prior to the appointment he was the Secretary to the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
Weeratunga received his primary education at Rahula College, Matara before moving to Royal College Colombo for his secondary education. Mr Weeratunga holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Colombo and a bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences from the same university. later attended Pennsylvania State University for postgraduate studies. He is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow of the Pennsylvania State University, United States.
Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to President of Sri Lanka, assumed this position in November 2005 when Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Prior to this, Mr Weeratunga held the position of Secretary to the Prime Minister from April 2004. Formerly, he was the Director, Re-engineering Government in the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka. He has also been a Senior Consultant at the Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM) of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, teaching both the Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Public Administration programmes.
Weeratunga entered the Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS) in January 1977 and has held a number of senior positions in the public service as Secretary to the Prime Minister, Additional Secretary, Prime Minister's Office, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Education & Higher Education, Director General, Tertiary & Vocational Education Commission, Vice Chairman, National Apprenticeship Board, and Senior Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. In the early part of his career, he was an Assistant Government Agent.
He had also been Chief Technical Advisor/Vocational Training Specialist in the Regional Office of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for Asia & Pacific, Thailand and had worked as a Consultant of the United Nations Development Programme for the Government of Maldives. In addition, he has done several consultancies for the ILO.
Weeratunga is the Chairman of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka and in addition, chairs the Presidential Task Force for National Productivity and the National Administrative Reforms Council. Throughout his career, he has served many Task Forces, Committees and Governing Councils of universities and Boards of directors of Public Corporations and Statutory Boards.
He is also the current Chair of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Committee of ESCAP – the Economic & Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
In September 2010, Weeratunga was unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation at its 50th Council Meeting.
In September 2017, Weeratunga was sentenced to three years of rigorous imprisonment, a fine of Rs.2 million on each of the convictions, and to pay Rs.50 million to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRC) as compensation after being found guilty of misappropriating Rs.600 million belonging to the TRC and using it to distribute "Sil Redi" (fabrics used by devotees to observe sill) during the 2015 Presidential election, violating the Telecommunication Act, No. 25 of 1991 during October 30, 2014 to January 5, 2015. In his long judgment, High Court judge, Hon. Gihan Kulatunga had emphatically stated that he had found that either Lalith Weeratunga or Anusha Palpita had not personally benefited from the alleged transaction.
Subsequently, Lalith Weeratunga and Anusha Palpita had appealed against the judgment and both were released on bail.
He is married to Indrani Sugathadasa Weeratunga.
- "Lalith Weeratunga, Anusha Palpita sentenced to three years RI". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Lalith, Anusha sentenced". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- Small innovative projects can do wonders - Lalith Weeratunga
- Lalith Weeratunga re-appointed Secretary to President - The Official Government News Portal of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- Sri Lanka re-elected to UNESCAP's ICT Committee chairmanship - DailyMirror. Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- The judgement of the Sil Redi Case