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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2899

East Chief Minister in the process of taking over the administration of the East

Colombo, 29 May, ( The Chief Minister of the Eastern Province Sivanesathurai Chanthirakanthan has appointed secretaries and advisors to work closely with him to run the day to day affairs of the east provincial council. He said that the situation in the East has calmed down and normalcy is returning fast, though some political groups backed by the LTTE and other disgruntled elements who failed to achieve their objectives at the recent election are trying to disrupt normal life in the East.

The Chief Minister said that he has taken a keen personal interest in settling the issues that confronts harmonious relationship between the Tamils and Muslims in the East. He said Minister M.L.A.M. Hisbullah is a mountain of help in his noble goal.

With this in view, he said that he has appointed S. Mamangarasa as Secretary to the Chief Minister’s Secretariat at the Provincial Council office and also Secretary to 5 of the 10 ministries held by him.

Mamangarasa was earlier Director of Humanitarian Assistance in CARE in the East and also he was with UNDP and worked in Malaysia as well as in Indonesia.

He also appointed Kumaraswamy Nanthagopan alias Ragu as his private secretary.

Furthermore, Mihlar Hassanseer alias Azad Mowlana who was earlier the spokesperson of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal has been appointed as Chief Minister’s Coordinating Secretary. He is a graduate of the University of Peradeniya.

Asian Tribune learnt that the Chief Minister has already appointed two eminent persons from the East for his advisory panel. They are A.K.Pathmanathan, former SLAS officer, a former Government Agent of Batticaloa and Dr. K.Vigneswaran, at present the General Secretary of the newly formed Akhila Illankai Thamil United Front (AITUF). He was with the EPDP for nearly 10 years, a member of parliament and earlier he was the Secreary to the Chief Minister of the Northeast Provincial Council.

Chief Minister Chanthirakanthan speaking to Asian Tribune said that a few more names for appointment as advisors are still the pipeline.

- Asian Tribune -

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