High Posts Committee reviews qualifications via Webex
The Committee on High Posts of the Parliament met under the patronage of the Speaker of the Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on 19 November.
For the first time in the history of Parliament, the Committee used video technology to discuss the qualifications of a Sri Lankan living abroad.
The confab was held with Veluppillai Kananathan as Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Ambassador to Kenya. The Committee looked into the qualifications of Kananathan who previously served as the Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Uganda from 2013 to 2015, through Webex technology. The Committee then approved the appointment of Kananathan.
In addition, the appointments of Secretaries to six Ministries also received the approval of the Committee.
Accordingly, Wasantha Perera as the Secretary to the Ministry of Power, K.D.P. Olga as the Secretary to the Ministry of Energy, R.W.R. Pemasiri as the Secretary to the Ministry of Highways, N.B.M. Ranatunga as the Secretary to the Ministry of Transport, S. Hettiarachchi as the Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism and Jagath P. Wijeweera as the Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media received the approval of the Committee.
Leader of the House and Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip and Minister Johnston Fernando, Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Douglas Devananda, Udaya Gammanpila, Keheliya Rambukwella, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Vidura Wickremanayake, Ramesh Pathirana and Parliamentarians Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, Vijitha Herath, John Seneviratne and Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka were present at the Committee meeting. (GW and MD)