42 State institutions come under Defence Ministry

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Forty-Two key State institutions including the Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), Board of Investment (BOI) and the Colombo Port City Economic Commission have been gazetted under the Ministry of Defence, which comes under the purview of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Meanwhile, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe has 57 institutions under his purview including the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Treasury, the Inland Revenue Department, and Sri Lanka Customs.

President Rajapaksa issued an Extraordinary Gazette detailing the duties and functions of the 26 Ministries.

According to the relevant Gazette, the President retains custody of all subjects, functions and departments, public corporations and statutory bodies that were not specifically assigned to a specific Minister.

By Thameenah Razeek