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This Ministry which provides an exemplary service to all public institutions and public servants under the name of Ministry of Public Administration, Management and Law & Order from 21st September 2015 inherits a history which goes back nearly to 84 years. This Ministry which existed as a Department under the Ministry of Finance before 1931 has seen various transformations after the Donoughmore reforms in 1931 and at present ensures an excellent service delivery in the public sector facing different changes under various governments.

This Ministry was fallen under the leadership of Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, under the name of Public Administration and Management from 21st September 2015 and Hon. Nalin Bandara holds office as the Deputy Minister.

This Ministry which is considered as “Mahagedara” of public servants today proves its commitment to fulfill the principles of good governance whilst providing necessary directions for public servants and formalizing required policies and plans and Mr.Padmasiri Jayamanne, Secretary provides the leadership to the whole staff in the effort of achieving expected targets.

The Ministry of Public Administration, Management and Law & Order, which is the apex of an excellent public service is shouldering its responsibilities as the vanguard being an example to all Ministries and public institutions.


Ministry of Public Administration, Management and Law & Order is dedicated to create a public service which gives the priority to the expectation of people playing the role of pioneer in public administration. The Ministry performs a huge role which covers a wide scope aiming at formulation of public policies, human resource management and institutional development. The Ministry looks forward with the objective of managing human resource more productively within the public service whilst carrying out the administrative affairs of All Island Services and Combined Services to achieve national development.

One of the main responsibilities of this Ministry is to formulate administrative provisions and regulations focusing specially to the fairness, uniformity and efficiency in order to build up a public service which satisfies the expectation of the general public. Accordingly, the Ministry performs the tasks such as preparation of public administration circulars and making necessary revisions, whilst submitting observations wherever necessary. Another special task performed by this Ministry if the formulation of policies at national level on public administration affairs, making interpretation and provision of guidelines in this regard. Accordingly, the functioning and administration of the whole public service are ensured so as to provide more productive service.


An excellent public service to the nation


Ensuring an excellent public service through proper administration, management and reformation of human resource


  • Provision of facilities to the projects in • Formulation of productive public policies on recruitments, remuneration and other service conditions in the human resource management of public service
  • Changing attitudes an expectations of the employees in public service in order to make positive responses to the requirements of general public
  • Formulation and implementation of new management structure in order to enhance productivity and quality of public service
  • Establishment and sharing of code of ethics. (Result oriented attitudes, accountability, proper use of resources, impartiality, transparency, etc )
  • Provision of facilities for training programmes and identification of training requirement for conducting training programmes
  • Formulation and implementation of pension programmes with a view to provide remedial measures for issues relating to pension
  • Preparation of a framework for institutional development of public sector with the capacity for the achievement of targets and development targets and priorities
  • Promoting the implementation of information and communication technology to enhance the productivity and quality of the service delivery relation to civil administration, egovernance to which funds are provided by donor agencies as well as Sri Lanka Government, their management and coordination
  • Enhancement of the skills of the staff in public service
  • Enhancement, development and implementation of guidelines in order to simplify the systems and reformulation of processes to work with the changing environment

Basic laws which are to be implemented by the Ministry

  • Compulsory Public Service Act (No. 70 of 1961)
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration Act (No. 9 of 1982)
  • Widowers and Orphans Pension Act (No. 24 of 1983)
  • Widows and Orphans Pension Ordinance (No.1 of 1898)
  • Widowers and Orphans Pension Scheme Act (Armed Forces) (No.60 of 1998)
  • Widows and Orphans Pension Scheme Act (Armed Forces) (No. 18 of 1970)
  • Public Service Pensioners’ Trust Fund (No. 40 of 1999)
  • Government Quarters (Recovery of Possession) (No. 7 of 1969)
  • Public Servants’ Provident Fund Ordinance (No. 18 of 1942)
  • Prize Competitions Act (No. 37 of 1957)
  • Laws which are relevant to the subjects in column 2 and 1, but not entrusted specifically to any other Minister

The strategies built up in consistent with the existing legal framework for the achievement of objectives

  • A far sighted policy and regulatory framework for effective human resource management in the public service
  • Reformulation of processes for the enhancement of productivity in public service delivery and administrative reforms for system development
  • Competitive procedures for recruitment and selection of employees for public service
  • Capacity development and skill adjustment with a focus to the demand
  • Decentralized institutional network to make the service delivery closer to citizens
  • Application of information and communication technology in order to enhance the quality of public service and transparency in service delivery
  • Citizen charter for standardizing a citizen centered public service delivery

All the institutions such as the Department of Pensions, National Productivity Secretariat, Distance Education Center and Sri Lank Institute of Development Administration under this Ministry make collective measures to achieve the objectives of the Ministry. This institution, which was established at the beginning as a Department under the Ministry of Finance, is now functioning as the Ministry of Public Administration, Management and Law & Order from 22.06.2015 providing its contribution for 85 years under the guidance of different Ministers under different scopes. The administrative leadership is now provided by Mr. Padmasiri Jayamanne, the present Secretary of the Ministry, receiving the guidance and cooperation of Hon. Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Minister and Hon. Nalin Bandara, Deputy Minister who are the present political leaders of the Ministry.

Duties & Functions of the Ministry

  • Formulation of policies, programs and projects, monitoring and evaluation of regarding the subjects comes under the purview of the Departments, Statutory Institutions & public corporations
  • Formulation and implementation programs to enhance productivity
  • Administration and Human Resources management of,
    • Sri Lanka Administrative Service
    • Sri Lanka Planning Service
    • Sri Lanka Engineering Service
    • Sri Lanka Scientific Service
    • Sri Lanka Architectural Service
    • Sri Lanka Technoligical Service
    • Sri Lanka Accountant Service
  • All the administrative decisions regarding the Establishment
  • Implementation of the pension Minute relating to the all government pension schemes
  • Public Service Traning
  • Promotion of good governance in the public sector to fulfill expected development target
  • Administration of the Combined Service
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:37  

Last Update: 14-06-2019.
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