Nov 26, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today recognized the Grama Niladharis (Village Officers) and the employees of Divisional Secretariats who provide an exemplary service to the public.
President Rajapaksa presented certificates to the winners of the Regional Administration Management competition at the national awarding ceremony of the held at the Temple Trees Saturday.
The winners among the 14,000 Grama Niladari officers and employees of 335 Divisional Secretariats were honored for their service during the years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
Addressing the event, Minister of Public Administration Home Affairs, W.D.J. Seneviratne said the goal of this effort was to uplift the quality service of the Divisional Secretariats and Grama Niladharis and grant an efficient and better service to the public.
The Ministry of Public Administration has introduced various approaches to promote management in those offices in order to provide efficient service for the public. Physical and human resources and Local and international training opportunities have been provided to the employees under his Ministry, Seneviratne said.
The Minister pledged to fill all the vacancies existing in the public administration services within the next three years.
Speaking at the function, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said the government has spent 90 billion rupees for the country’s development through the divisional secretariats.
Divisional Secretaries have been entrusted with an enormous task in the implementation of development programmes, he noted.
Deputy Minister Vijaya Dahanayake, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga, and senior state officials were also present at the event.
(Photos by Sudath Silva)