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31 October 2016 05:47 am - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Government was seeking to introduce fresh legislation to establish a separate Authority to streamline Public Service through measures, such as formulation of standards, introduction of code of best practices and procedures, it is learnt.

A bill has been worked out and presented to the Cabinet for discussion by a committee appointed for the purpose by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

It was headed by former Justice Ministry Secretary Suhada Gamlath.

If enacted in Parliament after Cabinet clearance, the bill will provide for the establishment of ‘Public Service Delivery Authority’ with wide ranging powers to monitor standards, quality, efficiency, accuracy, and transparency in the discharge of Public Service by various State institutions.

The Authority, if established, will comprise the Presidential Secretary or his nominee, the Prime Minister’s Secretary or his nominee, the Treasury Secretary or his nominee, the Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and the Secretary to the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government as ex-officio members.

Besides, 13 other members will be appointed by the Constitutional Council.

It will have powers to analyse the existing mechanism regarding the delivery of Public Service, to issue guidelines for quality improvement.

The daft of the bill is now before the Cabinet to be studied.

Another objective of the proposed authority is to identify the needs, shortcomings and difficulties that exist in the public sector institutions.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 11

  • dd Monday, 31 October 2016 01:01 PM

    even Parliament.. via DM Android App

    myil selvan Monday, 31 October 2016 01:27 PM

    What sri lanka needs is reforming the law enforcement mechanism. Then a lot of our problems will be solved, although not all.

    nuwan Monday, 31 October 2016 02:13 PM

    Sri Lanka's public service is notorious for its inefficiency and lack of honest workers dedicated to work for the salary they receive.

    lkboy Monday, 31 October 2016 02:40 PM

    We are still awaiting the code of ethics for members of parliament.

    DG Tuesday, 01 November 2016 09:20 AM

    New bodies are being formed but no improvements seen. What is Public Adm Ministry, PSC, SLIDA and such with Estab Code etc doing? If the Minister and Secretary monitor them and reform them all what is said above can happen.Is this body to find employment to retired officers?

    sumbody Monday, 31 October 2016 03:33 PM

    So Many bodies created by everybodybut nobodies bothered to do any bodies workall bodies are sleeping buddies...

    sajith Tuesday, 01 November 2016 10:21 AM

    OMG! you are talking someone's standards and how pathetic see that you go public like "The daft of the bill is now before the Cabinet to be studied" ?

    Henry Monday, 31 October 2016 04:33 PM

    Baila! Crabs are designing a way for others to walk straight

    ANTON Monday, 31 October 2016 09:05 AM


    Sam34 Monday, 31 October 2016 09:12 AM

    TypoThe daft of the bill is now before the Cabinet to be studied."draft"

    Katie Monday, 31 October 2016 10:28 AM

    Finally!!! public services needs more than 200% scrutiny.

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