Government defends appointment of military officers to administrative posts

The Government today defended the appointment of military officers to key administrative posts.

Minister of Information and Mass Media Bandula Gunawardena said that the military officers appointed to the posts are qualified to hold those positions.

He told reporters today that some appointments are made based on national requirements.

Gunawardena said that even the former Government had appointed military officers to administrative posts.

He also said that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes decisions based on the best interest of the public on not based on personal reasons.

Recently, Major General Sanjeewa Munasinghe assumed duties as the new Health Ministry Secretary.

Munasinghe served as the Director General of the Army Medical Services and is a former Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corp.

Major General Munasinghe replaced Ms. Badrani Jayawardana who served as the Health Ministry Secretary.

Meanwhile, Major General (Retired) A. K. S. Perera was appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. If we are to have a disciplined, accountable, work ethics in govt departments, we need leaders who themselves are. Most govt depts are disorganised. Staff come and go as they pleases. Many vacant seats in offices with excuses i.e. lunch break, at a meeting, not in today, etc., etc. Or on their mobile phones.
    Some offices are like social meeting places ! Bosses themselves are culprits. We need to introduce ‘Time and Motion studies’ in every Department, Office, to see as you how productive staff are in their roles. We need more Heads from The Forces.

  2. The govt. servants expect the general public to serve them now.
    Just visit a Post Office, Railway booking office, Municipal, a Police station, Bank of Ceylon, or any other state Department and compare that with a Private Business or a Bank to feel the difference in the service – the attitudes, staff availability, efficiency, knowledge, the presentability, manners and so on.
    As the President warned today, if they cannot do it, should leave.
    Nihal has hit nail on the head. Dear President – take note of these comments.

  3. Some Public Servants are too busy conducting their own business on mobile phones and laptops, gathering round a table laughing and joking. Many empty seats and nobody knows where the staff are. If we question, they get irritated and find some excuse not to deal with. Some minor employees have more authority and cover up for the absent staff. Sri Lanka needs a Code of Conduct for the Public Servants and Complaint book available to Public on request. As bosses are also lenient and equally abusing the system, the Complaint Book should be kept with a higher Official.


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