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Only ‘eminent’ people to be advisors to Sri Lankan ministers

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s new government has decided to appoint only ‘eminent’ people and those properly qualified as advisors to Cabinet ministers, a spokesman said. 

The new Cabinet of ministers has decided to have policy on appointment of advisors to ministers and payment of allowances to them, Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine told a news conference.

Advisors should be people who held senior positions in the private sector before being appointed as an advisor and those who have held senior most positions in the public service, he said. 
The policy says that consideration should only be given to appoint “eminent persons with wide knowledge on the subject matters pertaining to relevant ministries who can provide advisory services and which cannot be anticipated from senior officials of the ministry.”

The policy also says only one advisor should be appointed to each minister.

But a maximum of two advisors with experience and capability can be appointed with the approval of the cabinet of ministers to a ministry which is entrusted with two or more portfolios, Senaratne said.

The policy says advisors should have a maximum level of educational or professional qualification relevant to the subject matter of the ministry.  (Colombo/September 17 2015)

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