The government has spent Rs 90 billion for country’s development through Divisional Secretariats. Divisional Secretaries have been entrusted with an enormous task in implementing development programmes, Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa said.
The minister was speaking at the national award ceremony of the Regional Administration Management Competition organized by the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry to appreciate the services of Grama Niladharis and Divisional Secretaries who provide an exemplary service to the public on Saturday at Temple Trees under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Grama Niladharis and Divisional Secretaries who had won the first places at district level in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 were feted at this ceremony, Officers who received merit awards also received commendations. The President presented the awards and certificates to the Grama Niladharis and Divisional Secretaries who have won the first, second and third places in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
The special merit awards in 2009 and 2010 were presented by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W D J Seneviratne.
Other merit awards were presented by Public Administration and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Wijaya Dahanayake.
The winners among the 14,000 Grama Niladari officers and employees of 335 Divisional Secretariats were honoured for their service during years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010.
Minister Seneviratne said the goal of this effort was to uplift the quality service of Divisional Secretaries and Grama Niladharis and to grant an efficient and better service to the public. The Ministry of Public Administration has introduced various methods to promote management in those offices to provide an efficient service to the public.
Physical and human resources and local and international training opportunities have been provided to the employees under the Public Administration Ministry, Seneviratne said.
The minister pledged to fill all the vacancies existing in the public administration services within the next three years.
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga delivered a special lecture on “Future of the Government Service” and said that politeness and good discipline are the most important virtues in public service.
Public service should be more efficient in regional administration he said.
“Now government servants have more opportunities to meet the President and the President also pays more attention on state service.
Therefore, it will be of immense help if an effort is made to cater to the public needs in an efficient and honest manner,” Weeratunga said.
A special award was granted to President Mahinda Rajapaksa by Minister Seneviratne in appreciation of his great dedication to public service.
Several books written by the Public Administration Ministry and some grama Niladharis were also presented to the President on the occasion.
Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry Secretary P.B.Abeykoon,Additional Secretary J.Dadallage,Pension Department Director General K.A.Thilakaratne and large number of District Secretaries,Divisional Secretaries and Grama Niladharis also participated.