ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will hold Sri Lanka’s newly gazetted Ministry of Technology portfolio, Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said.
The ministry is one of two new portfolios gazetted last week, the other being a Ministry of Public Security.
Rambukwella told reporters today that the ministries were created in order to allocate subjects previously held by the president when the cabinet was restricted to 28 members.
He said a minister and secretary will soon be named for the Ministry of Public Security.
According to the the gazette notification dated November 20, the Technology Ministry will oversee the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), the Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA), the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), the Industrial Technology Institute, Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC) and the National Science and Technology Commission (Nastec), All techno parks, the Sri Lanka Standards Institute as well as the Department for Registration of Persons will come under the purview of this ministry.
With the addition of the Technology Ministry to his portfolio, President Rajapaksa will hold two Cabinet Ministries, the other being Defence. Nearly 30 institutes such as the Sri Lanka Investment Board and Colombo Port City Project under his purview.
Meanwhile, current State Minister for Provincial Councils and Local Government Rtd Admiral Sarath Weerasekara’s office said that he will be appointed the new Minister of Public Security and will handle a host of subjects that are currently under the president’s overview.
According to the November 20 gazette, Weerasekara’s ministry will be tasked with “ensuring public safety while maintaining law and order by creating an environment suitable for all citizens to live freely.” Institutions that will come under its purview are the Sri Lanka Police, the Civil Security Department, tje National Police Academy and the Department of Multipurpose Development Task Force. (Colombo/Nov24/2020)