Thirty-seven State Ministers were sworn in before President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday (8).
They took oaths at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. The President’s Media Division said these State Ministers will not receive any special perks other than an MP’s salary. Both, Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Shehan Semasinghe were sworn in as State Ministers of Finance.
Jagath Pushpakumara was sworn in as the State Minister Foreign Employment while Lasantha Alagiyawanna is State Minister of Transport.
Dilum Amunugama, Kanaka Herath, Janaka Wakkumbura, Mohan Priyadarshana de Silva and Thenuka Vidanagamage were sworn in as State Ministers of Investment Promotion, Provincial Councils, and Local Government, Technology, Agriculture and Urban Development and Housing respectively.
Pramitha Bandara Tennakoon was sworn in as State Minister of Security and Rohana Dissanayake was sworn in State Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs.
Arundhika Fernando, Vijitha Berugoda, Lohan Ratwatte, Tharaka Balasuriya and Sanath Nishantha were sworn in as State Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Piriven Education, Plantation Industries, External Affairs, and Water Supply respectively.
Indika Anurudhdha was sworn in as State Minister of Power and Energy whileSiripala Gamlath was sworn in as State Minister of Highways
Shantha Bandara, Anuradha Jayaratne, S. Viyalendran, Sisira Jayakody, Piyal Nishantha De Silva, Prasanna Ranaweera and D. V. Chanaka were sworn in as State Minister of Media, Justice and Prisons Affairs, Trade, Indegenious Medicine, Fisheries, Small and Medium Scale Industries Development and Wildlife and Forest Conservation respectively.
D. B. Herath was sworn in as State Minister of Livestock Development and Shasheendra Rajapaksa as State Minister of Irrigation.
Dr. Seetha Arambepola was sworn in as State Minister of Health while Cader Masthan was sworn in State Minister of Rural Affairs.
Ashoka Priyantha was sworn in as State Minister of Home Affairs and Aravind Kumar as State Minister of Education.
Geetha Kumarasinghe, Sivanesathurai Santhirakanthan, Dr. Suren Raghavan, Diana Gamage, Chamara Sampath Dassanayake and Anura Paquel were sworn in as State Minister of Women and Child Affairs, Rural Roads Development, Higher Education, Tourism, Primary Industries and Social Empowerment respectively.