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Saturday, 10 June 2017 - 18:48
Government says that subjects under new ministries will not be an issue
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Several political party representatives expressed their views today on the gazetting of subjects under new ministries which took place recently.

It is noteworthy that according to the gazette notification, for the first time in history, the National Lotteries Board which was coming under the purview of the Ministry of finance was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Subjects coming under the purview of 4 new ministries was announced through a gazette notification yesterday.  

Accordingly, 33 institutions including the Treasury, National Budget Department, Inland Revenue, Customs, Excise and Insurance Board will come under the Ministry of Finance and Media.

Ravi Karunanayake who was the minister of finance, took oaths as the minister of foreign affairs during the cabinet reshuffle, and 5 institutions falling under the purview of the respective ministry was gazetted.

Accordingly, the National Lotteries Board, Development Lotteries Board and 3 other Institutions have been gazetted under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Meanwhile, 8 institutions including the Land Commissioner General’s Department, Land Reforms Commission and Surveyors Department have been gazetted under the Ministry of Land & Parliamentary Reforms which falls under the purview of Minister Gayantha Karunathilake.

The EPF and Department of Project Management & Monitoring has been gazetted under the new Ministry, titled Development Affairs falling under the purview of Minister Thilak Maarapana.

Previously, the EPF and Department of Project Management & Monitoring was under the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs.

Several political representatives expressed their views on the subjects falling under the purview of new ministries.  

Deputy minister, Ajith P Perera, MP Kumara Welgama and State minister Sujeewa Senasinghe and Ministers Chandima Weerakkody and Mahinda Amaraweera expressed these views.

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