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Cabinet of Sri Lanka

Coat of arms of Sri Lanka, showing a lion holding a sword in its right forepaw surrounded by a ring made from blue lotus petals which is placed on top of a grain vase sprouting rice grains to encircle it. A Dharmacakra is on the top while a sun and moon are at the bottom on each side of the vase.
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka is the council of ministers that form the central government of Sri Lanka. It is responsible to and answerable to Parliament.[1]

As of November 2013 the Cabinet had 67 members - President, Prime Minister, 10 Senior Ministers, 54 Ministers and one Cabinet Minister for Special Projects. There are also 2 Project Ministers and 37 Deputy Ministers (excludes one Deputy Minister who is also a Senior Minister and one Deputy Minister who is a Cabinet Minister for Special Projects). Former cabinet, also known as the "Jumbo Cabinet," holding a world record for the largest cabinet, was dissolved in February 2010, and a new cabinet appointed on 23 April 2010.


  • Background 1
  • Composition 2
  • List 3
  • Current Cabinet 4
  • See also 5
  • References and footnotes 6


The first Cabinet of Ministers of Ceylon in 1947.

The Executive Council of Ceylon was the Executive Council created in British Ceylon by the British colonial administration on the recommendations of the Colebrooke-Cameron Commission along with the Legislative Council of Ceylon, as the legislative body, on March 13, 1833.

At its creation the Executive Council was headed by the Governor, along with five members appointed by the Governor. These five members were officials who held the posts of the Colonial Secretary, the Attorney General, the Auditor-General, the Treasurer and the General Officer Commanding, Ceylon. The Council exercised executive power and advised the governor. As a result of the First Manning Reforms three non-officials were elected to the executive council.

With enactment of the new constitution of the Dominion of Ceylon in 1947 the Executive Council was replaced by a National Cabinet.


The President is a member of and head of the Cabinet.[1] The President appoints as Prime Minister the Member of Parliament who has the confidence of Parliament.[1] Other ministers of the Cabinet are appointed by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister.[2] The President may appoint himself to any ministry he chooses.[2] The President also appoints, in consultation with the Prime Minister, ministers who are not a member of the Cabinet (Non-Cabinet Ministers, Project Ministers, Deputy Ministers).[3][4] The Cabinet meets several times a week to discuss vital issues.


Current Cabinet

Party Incumbent Office Ministry In office since Deputy Minister /
Project Minister (PM)
Secretary Recurrent
(Rs. Mn)
(Rs. Mn)
1 SLFP Mahinda Rajapaksa
President 19 November 2005 Lalith Weeratunga 3,842 3,562 .lk.govpresident
Minister of Defence & Urban Development Defence & Urban Development 19 November 2005 Gotabhaya Rajapaksa 248,102 41,400 .lkdefence
Minister of Finance & Planning Finance & Planning 19 November 2005 Sarath Amunugama P. B. Jayasundera 38,988 48,480 .lk.govtreasury
Minister of Law & Order Law & Order 26 August 2013 Nanda Mallawaarachchi[6] [7] [7] .lk.govmohsl
Minister of Highways, Ports & Shipping Highways, Ports & Shipping 23 April 2010 Rohitha Abeygunawardena (PM)
Nirmala Kotalawala (PM)
R. W. R. Pemasiri 214 131,400 .lk.govmohsl
2 SLFP D. M. Jayaratne
Prime Minister 21 April 2010 Sirisena Amarasekara 226 96 .lk.govpmoffice
Minister of Buddhasasana & Religious Affairs Buddhasasana & Religious Affairs 23 April 2010 M. K. D. S. Gunawardena H. P. C. Herath 950 878
3 SLFP Sarath Amunugama
Senior Minister of International Monetary
22 November 2010
4 UNP (D) P. Dayaratna Senior Minister of Food & Nutrition 22 November 2010
5 SLFP Milroy Fernando Senior Minister of Social Welfare 22 November 2010
6 SLFP A. H. M. Fowzie
Senior Minister of Urban Affairs 22 November 2010
7 SLFP Piyasena Gamage Senior Minister of National Resources 22 November 2010
8 CPSL D. E. W. Gunasekera Senior Minister of Human Resources 22 November 2010
9 SLFP S. B. Nawinne Senior Minister of Consumer Welfare 22 November 2010
10 SLFP Athauda Seneviratne Senior Minister of Rural Affairs 22 November 2010
11 LSSP Tissa Vitharana Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs 22 November 2010
12 SLFP Ratnasiri Wickremanayake
Senior Minister of Good Governance
& Infrastructure
22 November 2010
13 UNP Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena Minister of Investment Promotion Investment Promotion 28 January 2013 Faiszer Musthapha [7] [7]
14 SLFP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Minister of Agriculture Agriculture 23 April 2010 Y. G. Padmasiri Wijerathne Sakalasooriya 2,694 2,700 .lk.govagrimin
15 SLFP Dullas Alahapperuma Minister of Youth Affairs & Skills Development Youth Affairs & Skills Development 23 April 2010 Duminda Dissanayake K .A. Thilakarathne 4,198 4,275 .lk.govyouthskillsmin
16 SLFP Mahindananda Aluthgamage Minister of Sport Sports 22 November 2010 A. M. Jayawickrama 843 1,800 .lk.govsportsmin
17 SLFP Mahinda Amaraweera Minister of Disaster Management Disaster Management 22 November 2010 Duleep Wijesekera S. M. Mohamed 655 712 .lk.govdisastermin
18 NC A. L. M. Athaullah Ministry of Local Government & Provincial Councils Local Government & Provincial Councils 23 April 2010 Indika Bandaranayake R. A. A. K. Ranawaka 103,000 29,790 .lk.govpclg
19 ACMC Risad Badhiutheen Minister of Industry & Commerce Industry & Commerce 23 April 2010 Lakshman Wasantha Perera Anura Siriwardena 950 1,710 .lk.govindustry
20 SLFP Jagath Balasuriya Minister of National Heritage National Heritage 22 November 2010 Nanda Wickramasinghe 850 725 .lk.govheritagemin
21 SLFP Reginald Cooray Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Minor Export Crop Promotion 22 November 2010 Nishantha Muthuhettigamage Vajira Narampanawa 436 495 .lkmcropmin
22 SLMC Basheer Segu Dawood Minister of Productivity Promotion Productivity Promotion 28 January 2013 A. Damitha N. de Zoysa 350 113
23 SLFP Nimal Siripala de Silva Minister of Irrigation & Water Resources Management Irrigation & Water Resources Management 23 April 2010 W. B. Ekanayake K. W. Ivan de Silva 3,600 36,900 .lk.govirrigationmin
24 EPDP Douglas Devananda
Minister of Traditional Industries &
Small Enterprise Development
Traditional Industries &
Small Enterprise Development
23 April 2010 P. Weerakumara Dissanayake V. Sivagnanasothy 540 383 .lk.govtisedmin
25 SLFP Duminda Dissanayake Minister of Educational Services Educational Services 28 January 2013 K. P. Kanthi Perera [7] [7]
26 UNP (D) Navin Dissanayake Minister of Public Management Reforms Public Management Reforms 22 November 2010 W. M. Bandusena 82 90 .lk.govreformsmin
27 SLFP Salinda Dissanayake Minister of Indigenous Medicine Indigenous Medicine 22 November 2010 Pandu Bandaranaike Lalith Kannangara 950 504 .lk.govindigenousmedimini
28 UNP (D) S. B. Dissanayake
Minister of Higher Education Higher Education 23 April 2010 Nandimithra Ekanayake Sunil Jayantha Nawarathna 18,400 9,900 .lk.govmohe
29 SLFP T. B. Ekanayake Minister of Culture & the Arts Culture & the Arts 22 November 2010 Wasantha Ekanayake 950 675 .lk.govcultural
30 UNP (D) Johnston Fernando
Minister of Co-operatives & Internal Trade Co-operatives & Internal Trade 23 April 2010 Hemal Gunasekara G. K. D. Amarawardena 1,300 720 .lk.govtrade
31 CPSL Chandrasiri Gajadeera Minister of Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms Rehabilitation & Prison Reforms 22 November 2010 Sarath Chandrasiri Muthukumarana G. S. Withanage 4,142 1,180 .lk.govreprimin
32 UNP (D) Bandula Gunawardane Minister of Education Education 23 April 2010 Mohan Lal Grero Mr. Anura Dissanayake 30,500 7,425 .lk.govmoe
33 MEP Dinesh Gunawardena Minister of Water Supply & Drainage Water Supply & Drainage 23 April 2010 Nirupama Rajapaksa A. Abeygunasekara 180 34,521 .lk.govmwsd
34 SLMC Rauff Hakeem Minister of Justice Justice 22 November 2010 Kamalini de Silva 4,351 1,044 .lk.govjusticeministry
35 SLFP Jayarathna Herath Minister of Botanical Gardens & Public Recreation Botanical Gardens & Public Recreation 28 January 2013 W. W. Gamage [7] [7]
36 SLFP Piyankara Jayaratne Minister of Civil Aviation Civil Aviation 22 November 2010 Gitanjana Gunawardena T. R. C. Ruberu 110 15,200 .lk.govaviationmin
37 SLFP Sumedha G. Jayasena Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Parliamentary Affairs 23 April 2010 Princi Jayatunga 373 44 .lk.govminparliament
38 SLFP Tissa Karalliyadde Minister of Child Development & Women's Affairs Child Development & Women's Affairs 23 April 2010 E. W. F. Illayapparachchi 795 252 .lk.govchildwomenmin
39 SLFP Jeewan Kumaranatunga Minister of Postal Services Posts & Telecommunications 22 November 2010 Sanath Jayasuriya Asoka Jayasekara 8,500 315 .lk.govtelepost
40 UNP (D) Gamini Lokuge Minister of Labour & Labour Relations Labour & Labour Relations 23 April 2010 Sarath Weerasekara W. J. L. U. Wijayaweera 1,270 810 .lk.govlabourmin
41 DLF Vasudeva Nanayakkara Minister of National Languages & Social Integration National Languages & Social Integration 22 November 2010 M. S. Wickramasinghe 319 212 .lk.govlanintegmin
42 UNP (D) G. L. Peiris
Minister of External Affairs External Affairs 23 April 2010 Neomal Perera Karunatilaka Amunugama 7,200 855 .lk.govmea
43 SLFP Dilan Perera Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare Foreign Employment Promotion & Welfare 22 November 2010 Nissanka N. Wijeratne 101 225 .lk.govforeignemploymin
44 SLFP Felix Perera Minister of Social Services Social Services 23 April 2010 C. A. Suriyaarachchi Emelda Sukumar 3,583 270 .lk.govsocialwelfare
45 SLFP Susil Premajayanth
Minister of Environment & Renewable Energy Environment & Renewable Energy 28 January 2013 A. R. M. Abdul Cader B. M. U. D. Basnayake 1,500 1,800 .lk.govenvironmentmin
46 SLFP A. P. Jagath Pushpakumara Minister of Coconut Development &
Janatha Estate Development
Coconut Development &
Janatha Estate Development
22 November 2010 Victor Anthony Perera Nihal Somaweera 600 1,036 .lk.govcdjedmin
47 SLFP Basil Rajapaksa
Minister of Economic Development Economic Development 23 April 2010 S. M. Chandrasena
M. L. A. M. Hisbullah
Susantha Punchinilame
Muthu Sivalingam
P. B. Jayasundara 25,000 63,900 .lk.govmed
48 UNP (D) Keheliya Rambukwella Minister of Mass Media & Information Mass Media & Information 23 April 2010 Charitha Herath 2,200 518 .lk.govmedia
49 JHU Champika Ranawaka
Minister of Technology, Research & Atomic Energy Technology, Research & Atomic Energy 28 January 2013 Dhara S. Wijayatilake 1,293 1,890 .lk.govmotr
50 SLFP C. B. Rathnayake Minister of Private Transport Services Private Transport Services 22 November 2010 Victor Samaraweera 560 207 .lk.govptsmin
51 SLFP Mahinda Samarasinghe
Minister of Plantation Industries Plantation Industries 23 April 2010 Earl Gunasekara Sudharma Karunaratne 1,750 1,080 .lk.govplantationindustries
52 UNP (D) Rajitha Senaratne Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Development 23 April 2010 Sarath Kumara Gunaratna Damitha de Zoysa 877 1,811 .lk.govfisheries
53 SLFP John Seneviratne Minister of Public Administration & Home Affairs Public Administration & Home Affairs 23 April 2010 Wijaya Dahanayake P. B. Abeykoon 125,500 2,385 .lk.govpubad
54 UNP Lakshman Senewiratne Minister of Sugar Industry Development Sugar Industry Development 28 January 2013 Udaya R. Seneviratne [7] [7]
55 SLFP Mervyn Silva Minister of Public Relations & Public Affairs Public Relations & Public Affairs 22 November 2010 H. P. C. Herath 60 153
56 SLFP Maithripala Sirisena Minister of Health Health 23 April 2010 Lalith Dissanayake Y. D. Nihal Jayathilaka 75,000 18,522 .lk.govhealth
57 SLFP Ranjith Siyambalapitiya
Minister of Telecommunications &
Information Technology
Telecommunications &
Information Technology
22 November 2010 H. M. Gunasekara 118 426 .lk.govictmin
58 SLFP Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa Minister of Wildlife Conservation Wildlife Conservation 28 January 2013 B. K. U. A Wickramasinghe 41,943 1,316
59 SLFP Janaka Bandara Tennakoon Minister of Land & Land Development Land & Land Development 23 April 2010 Siripala Gamalath T. Asoka Pieris 2,663 2,759 .lk.govlandmin
60 SLFP Dayasritha Thissera Minister of State Resources & Enterprise Development State Resources & Enterprise Development 22 November 2010 W. W. Gamage 115 315
61 CWC Arumugam Thondaman Minister of Livestock & Rural Community Development Livestock & Rural Community Development 23 April 2010 H. R. Mithrapala K. M. T. Kendaragama 462 2,408 .lk.govlivestock
62 SLFP Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi Minister of Power & Energy Power & Energy 28 January 2013 Premalal Jayasekara M. M. C. Ferdinando 1,100 27,450 .lk.govpowermin
63 SLFP Gunaratna Weerakoon Minister of Resettlement Resettlement 22 November 2010 V. Muralitharan Janaka Sugathadasa 174 263 .lk.govresettlementmin
64 NFF Wimal Weerawansa Minister of Construction, Engineering Services,
Housing & Common Amenities
Construction, Engineering Services,
Housing & Common Amenities
23 April 2010 Lasantha Alagiyawanna P. H. L. W. Perera 735 1,800 .lk.govhouseconmin
65 SLFP Kumara Welgama Minister of Transport Transport 23 April 2010 Rohana Dissanayake Dhammika Perera 15,972 28,800 .lk.govtransport
66 SLFP Anura Priyadharshana Yapa
Minister of Petroleum Industries Petroleum Industries 28 January 2013 Sarana Gunawardena R. H. S. Samaratunga 115 17 .lk.govpetroleummin
67 SLFP S. M. Chandrasena Cabinet Minister for Special Projects 23 November 2013

See also

References and footnotes

  • "Cabinet of Ministers". Policy Research & Information Unit, Presidential Secretariat, Sri Lanka. 
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  • "PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President".  
  5. ^ a b "Appropriation Bill (2013)".  
  6. ^ "Govt Info Dept". Ministry of Law and Order. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ministry established after the setting of the 2013 budget.
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