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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2590

FCCISL commences paying gratitude to forgotten government servants

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 28 July, (Asiantribune.com): Government servants in Sri Lanka are unsung heroes, whose great service to community development and nation building is ignored and forgotten, in many instances

To fill this essential gap, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) at the recently held Chamber Competition 2008 took pride in appreciating and felicitating the services of four top senior government servants – Thosapala Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and aviation; Mahinda Madihaheva, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower; Dr Prathap Ramanujan, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and Dr R M K Ratnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services.

Samantha Abeywickrama, Secretary General/CEO, FCCISL commenting on paying gratitude to those who toil tirelessly in the nation building, specially the government servants whose services are often ignored, said that though public sector often recognize the services of the private sector, no one is appreciating the great service rendered by the public servants, specially their contribution to the private sector advancement.The four top government servants -Thosapala Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Aviation; Mahinda Madihaheva, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower; Dr Prathap Ramanujan, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and Dr R M K Ratnayake,  Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services along with the Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL; M Macky Hashim, Past President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kosala Wickramanayake, Vice- President, FCCISL..The four top government servants -Thosapala Hewage, Secretary to the Ministry of Ports and Aviation; Mahinda Madihaheva, Secretary to the Ministry of Labour Relations and Manpower; Dr Prathap Ramanujan, Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Sacred Area Development and Dr R M K Ratnayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Trade, Marketing Development, Cooperatives and Consumer Services along with the Nawaz Rajabdeen, President, FCCISL; M Macky Hashim, Past President, SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Kosala Wickramanayake, Vice- President, FCCISL..

He said that it is only but fair that there should be mutual recognition and reciprocation by both private sector and public sector. He said that such recognition would definitely strengthen the partnership between these two sectors.

Abeywickrama said that his personal view is that in countries like Sri Lanka, the yeoman services of the public servants have not been adequately appreciated and recognized. He said that with great pride and humility FCCISL has undertaken the task of recognizing and felicitating top senior government servants who render their services to the society silently and in most instances unnoticed or ignored. He said that this recognition and felicitation of top senior government servants will be continued.

These four senior governments were felicitated under the category of Public – Private Partnership Award of the Chamber Competition 2008.

Ports and Aviation Ministry Secretary Hewage meets all challenges in his Ministry head-on and maintains a balance among all aspects such as government developmental services, security considerations, technological advancement, regulatory role and instilling in people a friendly service system.

A graduate of the Peradeniya University, Hewage secured his post-graduate qualifications from the University of Cambridge. In his distinguished career, he has held the positions of Coordinator to the National Forestry Plan and Head of Sri Lanka Export Development Mission to France, Germany, Italy, Dubai and Doha. Hewage has played a prominent role representing Sri Lanka in a number of forums in attracting foreign investment and promotion of trade while holding public office.

Mahinda Madihahewa too is a product of the Peradeniya University and he carries an unblemished unbroken record of 40 years of service in the Labour Department, since he joined the Department as a Labour Office and climbed to the climax of his career to become the Secretary to the Ministry of Labour.

Dr Prathap Ramanujan is a reputed administrator and he too is a product of Peradeniya University which was then called the Ceylon University. He has gained his post graduate qualifications from the University of Bristol and Australian National University of Canberra.

His career in the Government Administrative Service spans to 35 years and has served in a number of capacities. He has served as Ministry Secretary to Tourism, Civil Aviation, Sports and Christian Affairs, Community Development and Estate Infrastructure from 2001 to 2007.

Dr R M K Rtnayake too is a graduate of the University of Ceylon, now Peradeniya University and obtained his post graduate qualifications from the University of Wales Swansea, UK and University of London. In his career in the Government Service he has served as Ministry Secretary to Rural Development, Youth Affairs and Sports, Land Development and Export Agriculture.

His expertise has also been utilized by the Presidential Commission on Cooperatives and in the SAARC Exports Commission on Poverty where he functioned as a Member.

- Asian Tribune -

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