The Department of Census and Statistics, on 17 November 2016 conducted the Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment 2016 which is the eighth in a series of censuses conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS). The first scientific Census on Public and Semi Government sector employment was carried out in 1980 in order to cater to the need of data on the ever growing Public and Semi Government sector. Subsequent to that, censuses were carried out in 1985, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2016. Before 1980, Ministry of Public Administration had been instrumental in conducting censuses in 1968, 1972 and 1976.

A Preliminary Report based on the summaries prepared manually at institutional level immediately after the census which covered both the public sector and the Semi Government sector has been prepared by the Department of Census and Statistics. The report presents information on employees at the work place they are currently attached to.

Dr. A.J. Satharasinghe, Director General of Census and Statistics stated that the total number of employees in the public and semi-government sector excluding three army forces is 1,117,808 of which 54.9 percent are males and 45.1 percent are females. The census results also show that the 7.6 per cent of employees are over 56 years while 15 percent and 77.4 percent of employees are in the age groups of 18-29 years and 30-55 years respectively.

The Census reveals that out of all public and semi government employees more than 95 per cent are holding permanent positions. This comprises of 75.6 per cent Permanent/Pensionable employees, 3.9 per cent permanent/ pensionable employees who are also contributing to a provident fund, and 15.7 per cent permanent employees who are contributing to a provident fund.

The Census preliminary results also shows that a majority of 35.8 per cent of the work force are G.C.E (Advanced Level) qualified while one in every four employees (26.1 per cent) has a degree or a higher qualification. 

The Census also captures the levels of computer literacy among public and semi government sector employees which revealed that 62.7 percent of the employees are capable of performing some task using a desktop/ laptop/ tablet computer or a smart phone while one in  every two employees use internet.

The Preliminary report of the Census of Public and Semi Government Sector Employment 2016 can be downloaded from the DCS website, department

president SAARCThe Fourth South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference commenced under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo yesterday (20). The Conference will continue until February 23 in Colombo and Kandy.

The Conference is an annual learning, knowledge and experience sharing, and networking event for the Heads of Public Procurement Agency or Authority of the eight member countries of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC); it is a follow up on the three other Conferences held in Kathmandu, Nepal in April 2011, Islamabad, Pakistan in March 2014, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2015.
Understanding the importance of moving towards an e-procurement system the Government has decided to hold the Fourth Conference in Sri Lanka and the Conference is being hosted by the Department of Public Finance, Ministry of Finance, and is co‐sponsored by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank.
Holding this conference in Sri Lanka will pave the way to achieve the Government’s objectives of sustainable development and making a new economic and social environment for the betterment of the country and the people.
The e-Procurement System will enable to minimize bribery and corruption and it will also make the public finance management more efficient and transparent.
Bangladesh handed over the presidency of South Asia Regional Public Procurement Conference to Sri Lanka. The Former President of the Conference, Mr. Faruque Hossain handed over the presidency to Mr. Mr. Algama, Director General of the Department of Public Finance.
Minister of Finance,Ravi Karunanayake, Finance Ministry Secretary, R.H.S. Samaratunge, Head of the Islamic Development Bank, Issa Midi lde, the Country Director of the Asian Development Bank for Sri Lanka, Sri Widowati and dignitaries also participated.

Attorney-At-Law Thusira Melawwethanthri was handed over his letter of appointment as the new Director General of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation yesterday (15th Feb.) by the Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilake at the Ministry Premises.dg

President Maithripala Sirisena presented service pension benefit letters to the retired differently abled War Heroes who volunteered to retire before completing their 12 year mandatory service period at the Presidential Secretariat, today (14).

The pension benefits were given to 2,261 tri forces personnel and to 136 police officers and marking the event the President symbolically presented the pension benefit letters to 150 war heroes.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickramesinghe on an invitation of the Government of Australia will leave for Australia today for a four-day official visit.

The Prime Minister’s visit will also signify the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Australia.

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“I will take every step to make the country prosperous in agriculture by enhancing the farmers’ economy, as a President whose roots are of a agricultural family”, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
“I will take measures to solve the water issue by filling the large tanks with blue water so that the farmers will not face any shortages for irrigating their lands”, he added.
The President was speaking at the public meeting held today (Feb. 13) at the playground of Welamitiyawa Vidyalaya in Galewela, after launching the Wayamba Ela Project; the giant development project to supply water to Wayamba.

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All preparations are underway to celebrate the 69th Independence day on the theme of unity. 
The Ministry of Home Affairs requests all public institutions, private institutions, shops, houses and cars to hoist the National flag for one week from 1st February 2017 in commemoration of the 69th Independence day. 

The 69th Independence day will be celebrated on February 4th at the Galle face green on the theme National Unity. The celebrations will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 12 p.m.

In parallel, 23 National day celebrations will be held in the districts with the patronage of the District Secretaries, Chief Ministers and peoples representatives. In addition, Independence Day celebrations will also be held at high commissions around the world on 4th February.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs requests to hoist the national flag at all public institutions, homes and vehicles to show the importance of all people in the country living in peace.

On February 2nd an all night pirith ceremony will be held at the Independence Hall at Independence square while an almsgiving will be offered at the Vajiraramaya, Bambalapitiya.

On 4th February Buddhist religious observances will be held at Polwatta Dharmakeerthiyaramaya, Colombo at 6.30 a.m, a Hindu pooja will be held at Sri Ponnambalawaneswaran Kovil , Colombo 13 at 6.30 a.m, Islamic prayers at Grand Mosque Colombo 12 at 6 a.m, A catholic service at St. Theresa Church Thimbirigasyaya at 6.30am as well as a Christian service at the St. Luke Church Borella at 6.30am.

Buddhist religious observance will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe , Minister of Justice and Buddha Sasana Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, all the Colombo district ministers, and MPs.

Hindu religious observances will be held under the patronage of minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development Palani Digambaram, Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages Mano Ganeshan, State Minister for Child Affairs Vijayakala Maheswaran and State Minister of Education V. Rathakrishnan.

Islam Religious observances will be held under the patronage of Minister of Posts Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs M.H.A. Haleem, Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauf Hakeem, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Faizer Mustapha and State Minister National Integration and Reconciliation A.H.M. Fowzie.

Roman Catholic religious observances will be held under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga.

Christian religious observances will be held under the patronage of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise Development Eran Wickramarathna.

Floral tributes will be offered at the statue of late D.S. Senanayake by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, State Ministers Ruwan Wijayawardena, Wasantha Senanayake, Buddhika Pathirana, Former minister Rukman Senanayake, Southern Province Governor Dr. Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Chief Secretary of D.S. Senanayake Memorial Committee Dr I. Dissanayake and Municipal Commissioner Colombo Municipal Council A.K. Anura.

A felicitation ceremony to pay tribute to veteran actress Swarna Mallawarachchi ‘s contribution to the country’s cinema during the last 50 years, was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Tarangani Hall in National Film Cooperation recently.

The President presented a felicitation award to the actress Swarna Mallawarachchi in recognition of her service to the Sri Lankan film industry during the last 50 year period.

The actress presented a commemorative book titled “Cinamawe Gehaniya Swarna Mallawarachchi Panas Wasaraka Cinamabhimanaya” to the President in the event.

Addressing the gathering, President Sirisena said that Mrs. Swarna Mallawarachchi is a significant cinematic icon who won the love of the Sri Lankan fans as well as the international fans. During the ceremony the President wished strength and courage to actress Swarna Mallawarachchi to render further service to the development of the Sri Lankan cinema.

Minister of Mass Media, Gayantha Karunathilake, Deputy Minister Karunarathna Paranavitana, dignitaries including film directors, artistes participated in this event.

The extraordinary Gazette announcing the date of enforcement of the Right to Information Act as February 3 has been published. The gazette had been published last Friday.

Under the RTI Act, ministries, government departments, public corporations and private organisations carrying out public functions or services, local authorities, any department, authority or institution established by a provincial council, non-governmental organisations that are substantially funded by the government, higher educational institutions including private universities and professional institutions recognised by the state, all courts, tribunals and institutions created for the administration of justice should provide access to information and shall maintain records.

The introduction of the RTI was a key pledge of the government. The government when introducing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution recognised the Right to Information as a fundamental right. Parliament unanimously passed the Right to Information Act on June 24, 2016.

The Parliament Reforms and Mass Media Ministry is vested with the task of implementing the RTI Act.

Information officers are to be appointed to all state establishments to carry out the functions related to dissemination of information.