President calls for study on public service


President Gotabaya Rajapaksa instructed that a formal study be conducted into the public service to provide a quality public service in a short time and increase employee satisfaction.

The President was speaking at a special discussion at President’s House on 10 June on the role of the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Local Government and the accelerated home gardening programme.

He pointed out the need to consolidate State institutions to provide a uniform service to all. The President also said that decentralisation of key public institutions in the capital to the provinces could reduce the number of public servants coming to Colombo.

Discussions were held on expediting disciplinary inquiries regarding public servants and making plans to get the maximum service out of them.

The Ministries of Public Administration and Agriculture also decided to launch a combined national food security programme ‘Let’s Grow Together – Win for the Country’. Officials pointed out the need to identify suitable crops for cultivation in each area.

The President urged priority to be given to youth in the agriculture sector to achieve greater productivity and to plan for higher yields using new technology.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief of Staff to the President, Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government M. M. P. K. Mayadunna, Secretary to the Ministry of Plantation Industries B. L. A. J. Dharmakeerthi, Chief Secretary of the Eastern Province Thusitha P. Wanigasinghe and other heads of line institutions were also present.