FULL LIST: New Cabinet Ministers and State Ministers

FULL LIST: New Cabinet Ministers and State Ministers

August 12, 2020   09:59 am

The Cabinet of Ministers and State Ministers of the new Government led by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) were sworn in before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

The swearing in ceremony was held at the MagulMaduwa (Audience Hall) of the historic Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic premises in Kandy this morning (12).

The President has repeatedly stressed the requirement of an efficient Cabinet of Ministers dedicated to build a prosperous nation in the future, says the President’s Media Division (PMD).

According to “Saubhagyaye Dekma” (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour), policy statement the composition of the Cabinet has been formulated in a pragmatic and a realistic manner to implement the national programme. Special attention was paid to the areas of national security, economic development, infrastructure facilities, education, health and sports in the process of formulation of the ministerial structure.

The new Cabinet of Ministers comprised 25 Ministers including the Prime Minister. There are 39 State Ministers. 23 Members of Parliament have been appointed as District Coordinating Committee Chairmen.

Maha Sangha invoked blessings on newly appointed Ministers and Committee Chairmen.


Cabinet of Ministers

1.  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa - Minister of Defence

2.  PM Mahinda Rajapaksa - Minister of Finance

3.  PM Mahinda Rajapaksa - Minister of Urban Development & Housing

4.  PM Mahinda Rajapaksa - Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs

5.  Prof. G.L. Peiris - Minister of Education

6.  Nimal Siripala de Silva - Minister of Labour 

7.  Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi - Minister of Health

8.  Dinesh Gunawardena - Minister of Foreign Relations

9.  Gamini Lokuge - Minister of Transport

10. Dr. Bandula Gunawardana - Minister of Trade

11. R.M.C.B. Rathnayake - Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservation

12. Janaka Bandara Tennakoon - Minister of Public Services, Provincial Council & Local Government

13. Douglas Devananda - Minister of Fisheries

14. Keheliya Rambukwella - Minister of Mass Media

15. Chamal Rajapaksa - Minister of Irrigation

16. Dullas Alahapperuma - Minister of Power

17. Johnston Fernando - Minister of Highways

18. Wimal Weerawansa - Minister of Industries

19. Mahinda Amaraweera - Minister of Environment

20. S.M. Chandrasena - Minister of Land

21. Vasudeva Nanayakkara - Minister of Water Supply

22. Udaya Prabhath Gammanpila - Minister of Energy

23. Ramesh Pathirana - Minister of Plantation

24. Prasanna Ranatunga - Minister of Tourism

25. Rohitha Abeygunawardena - Minister of Port and Shipping

26. Namal Rajapaksa - Minister of Youth & Sports Affairs

27. Mohamed Ali Sabry, PC - Minister of Justice

28. Mahindananda Aluthgamage - Minister of Agriculture


State Ministers

1. Chamal Rajapaksa – Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management

2. Piyankara Jayaratne – Foreign Employment Promotions and Market Diversification

3. Duminda Dissanayake – Solar, Wind, Grid Power Generation Projects Development

4. Dayasiri Jayasekara – Batik, Handloom Fabrics and Local Apparel Products

5. Lasantha Alagiyawanna – Cooperative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection

6. Sudarshani Fernandopulle – Prisons Reforms and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation

7. Shehan Semasinghe – Development of Samurdhi Home Economy, Microfinance, Self-Employment and Businesses and Under-Utilized State Resources

8. Vidura Wickremanayake – Promotion of National Heritage, Performing Arts and Rural Artists

9. Arundika Fernando – Coconut, Fishtail Palm, Palmyra and Rubber product Promotion and Allied Industrial Production and Export Diversification

10. Nimal Lanza – Road and other Infrastructure Facilities

11. Jayantha Samaraweera – Container Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development

12. Roshan Ranasinghe – Land Management Affairs, State Business Lands and Property Development

13. Sanath Nishantha – Development of Rural and Regional Drinking Water Supply Projects

14. Dr. Sarath Weerasekara – Provincial Councils and Local Government Affairs

15. Anuradha Jayaratne – Development of Rural Paddy Fields and Associated Tanks, Reservoirs and Irrigation

16. Piyal Nishantha – Women and Child Development, Pre-School and Primary Education, School Infrastructure and School Services

17. Kanaka Herath – Company Establishment Reforms, Tea Estate Crops, Tea Factory Modernization and Tea Export Diversification

18. Prasanna Ranaweera – Cane, Brass, Clay Furniture and Rural Industry Promotion

19. D.V. Chanaka – Aviation Services and Development of Export Zones

20. Tharaka Balasuriya – Regional Cooperation

21. Indika Anuruddha – Rural Home Construction and Building Materials Industry Promotion

22. Senior Prof. Mohan de Silva – Regulation of Fertilizer Production and Supply, use of Chemical Fertilizers and Pesticides

23. S. Viyalendran – Professional Development of Postal Services and Mass Media

24. Thenuka Vidanagamage – Rural and School Sports Infrastructure Promotion

25. Sisira Jayakody – Promotion of Indigenous Medicine, Development of Rural Ayurvedic Hospitals and Community Health

26. Kanchana Wijesekara – Ornamental Fish, Freshwater Fish and Shrimp Farming Development, Multi-day Fishing and Fish Export

27. Wimalaweera Dissanayake – Wildlife Conservation Protection Programmes including Electric Fence and Ditch Construction and Re-Forestation and Wildlife Resources Development

28. D.B. Herath – Livestock and Farm Promotion and Dairy and Eggs Related Industries

29. Shasheendra Rajapaksa – Paddy and Cereals, Organic Food, Vegetables, Fruits, Chilies, Onions and Potatoes, Seed Production and High Tech Agriculture

30. Dr. Nalaka Godahewa – Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Public Sanitation

31. Jeevan Thondaman – Estate Housing and Community Infrastructure Facilities

32. Dr. Seetha Arambepola – Skills Development, Vocational Education, Research and Innovation

33. Prof. Channa Jayasumana – Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation

34. Ajith Nivard Cabraal – Finance and Capital Market and Public Enterprise Reforms  

35. Vijitha Berugoda – Dhamma Schools, Bhikku Education, Pirivenas and Buddhist Universities

36. Janaka Wakkumbura – Development of Sugarcane, Maize, Cashew, Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves, Betel Production and Promotion of Allied Products and Export

37. Dilum Amunugama –Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Carriages and Automotive Industries

38. Lohan Ratwatte –  Gem and Jewelry

39. Siripala Gamlath – Development of Common Infrastructure Facilities of Settlements and Canals in Mahaweli Zones

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