Trade Ministry Secy sacked

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Bhadrani Jayawardena, Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, has been discharged with immediate effect.

Neil Bandara Hapuhinna, former Secretary to the State Ministry of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self-employment, and Business Development, has been appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Trade.

According to the reports, the President made this decision in response to public outrage as well as dissatisfaction with the Ministry of Trade’s inability to manage or guide programmes launched over the last two years.

In addition to serving as Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Jayawardena had served as chairperson of several institutions and on the Boards of several other institutions.

Former Minister of Trade Bandula Gunawardena informed the President of the Secretary’s role and called for the appointment of an efficient official on several occasions, but former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Secretary to the President
P. B. Jayasundera had allegedly strongly opposed Jayawardena’s removal.