2nd Lead (Adds list of Ministers and Deputy Ministers)
JVP boycotts UPFA cabinet swearing in ceremony
[TamilNet, Saturday, 10 April 2004, 13:41 GMT]
The first cabinet of the United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government was sworn in Saturday evening in the President’s House with no live coverage by the State electronic media. The leaders and ministers designate of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), major constituent of the UPFA, boycotted the event due to differences of opinion over the allocation of subjects to ministries designated for them, informed political sources in Colombo said.
None of the leaders of the JVP was present at the swearing in ceremony held Saturday evening.
However, sources close to the Sri Lanka Freedom party (SLFP), the other major constituent of the UPFA said the JVP leaders were held up at another event elsewhere in Colombo to mark the 33rd April Heros Commemoration.
The JVP politburo nominated eight of their parliamentarians, four for the posts of cabinet rank ministers and four for deputy minister posts.
Earlier swearing in ceremony was fixed at 1 p.m. Saturday and later it was put off for 4.30 evening. The swearing in took place later in the day, political sources said.
President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge Saturday evening administered oaths of secrecy to ministers.
The solitary parliamentarian of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) Mr. Douglas Devananda, the leader of the National Unity Alliance Ms Ferial Ashraff and Mr. A.L.M.Athaullah of NUA and Professor Tissa Vitharana of Lanka Sama Samaja Party were appointed as ministers.
President Ms Chandrika Kumaratunge holds the posts of Defense Ministry and Buddha Sasana Ministry, sources said.
The names of new ministers and their ministries follow:
- Mr.Mahinda Rajapakse, Prime Minister and Minister of Highways
- Mr.Anura Bandaranaike-Minister of Industries, Investment Promotion and Tourism
- Mr.D.M.Jayaratne-Minister of Posts, Telecommunication and Upcountry Development
- Mr.Amarasiri Dodangoda, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
- Mr. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Ports, Aviation Services.
- Mr.Lakshman Kadirgamar, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Mr. Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, Minister of Trade, Commerce and Consumer Affairs
- Mr.Maithiripala Sirisena, Minister of River bank and Rajarata Development
- Mr.John Seneviratne, Minister of Justice and Judicial Reforms
- Ms Sumedha Jayasena, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Welfare
- Dr.Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Finance,
- Mr. Milroy Fernando, Minister of Christian Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs
- Mr. Jeevan Kumaratunge, Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs
- Ms Pavithra Vanniarachchi, Minister of Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation
- Mr.Anura Priyadarshna Yapa, Minister of Plantation Industries
- Professor Tissa Vitharana, Minister of Science and technology
- Mr.Dinesh Gunawardene, Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply
- Mr. Douglas Devananda, Minister of Agriculture, Marketing Development, Hindu Education Affairs, Tamil Language and Vocational Training centres in North
- Ms Ferial Ashraff, Minister of Housing Construction and Industries, Education Development in Eastern Province
- Mr.Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Power and Energy
- Mr.Athauda Seneviratne, Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment
- Mr.S.B.Nawinne, Minister of Rural Infrastructure development
- Mr. Gamage Piyasena, Minister of Technical and Vocational Education
- Mr. Janaka Bandara Tennekon, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government
- Mr. Felix Perera, Minister of Transport
- Mr.C.V.Ratnayake, Minister of Plantation Community Infrastructre development
- Mr. A.L.M.Athaullah, Minister of Eastern Infrastructure development,
- Mr. Reginald Cooray, Minister of Information and Media
- Mr.Nimal Sripala de Silva-Minister of Healthcareand Nutrition
- Mr.A.H.M.Fowzie-Minister of Environmnt and Natural Resources
- Mr.Tissa Karaliadde, Minister of Indigenous Medicine
Thirty one Deputy Ministers also were sworn in Saturday:
- Mangala Samaraweera - Education
- Dinesh Gunawardene - Education
- Salinda Dissanayake - River Basin and Rajarata Development
- Maheepala Herath- Transport
- Jagath Pushpakumara - Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation
- Chamal Rajapakse - Plantation Industries
- Dilan Perera - Ports and Aviation
- D.M. Dassanayke - Livestock Development
- Kumara Welgama - Power and Energy
- T. B. Ekanayake - Highways
- Pandu Bandaranayaka - Public Administration and Home Affairs
- Mahindananda Aluthgamage - Power and Energy
- Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena- Healthcare and Nutrition
- Mahinda Amaraweera - Urban Development and Water Supply
- Jayarathne Herath - Public Security, Law and Order
- Cegu Issadeen - Information and Media
- Dayasritha Tissera - Ports and Aviation
- Duminda Dissanayake - Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education
- Ranjith Siyambalapitiya - Finance
- Rohitha Abeygunawardene - Post, Telecommunications and Udarata Development
- M. I. Anwar Ismail - Infrastructure Development in the Eastern Province
- S.M. Chandrasena - Estate Community Infrastructure
- Premalal Jayasekara - River Basin and Rajarata Development
- Chandrasiri Gajadeera - Housing and Construction Industry, Eastern Province Education and Irrigation Development
- Jayatissa Ranaweera - Provincial Councils and Local Government
- Bandula Basnayake - Environment and Natural Resources
- Gunarathne Weerakoon - Regional Infrastructure Development
- Lasantha Alagiyawanna - Transport
- Sripathi Suriarachchi - Sports and Youth Affairs
- Siripala Gamlath - Agricultural Marketing Development
- Rohana Dissanayake - Samurdhi and Poverty Alleviation