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Dominated by elderly Sinhala Buddhist upper cast men, new Sri Lanka cabinet does not have proper social representation.

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Praja Research Team has analyzed the representation of the new cabinet of Sri Lanka and identified the following facts.

It has four members from Rajapakse family, namely Gotabhaya, Mahinda, Chamal and Namal.

There is only one woman but no portfolio is for women’s affairs.

One Tamil and one Muslim Ministers represent the cabinet.

In concern to main religions, there are 23 Buddhist, one Hindu, one Christian and one Muslim

There is no representation from minority gender communities such as LGBTIQ in the cabinet.

The caste system is one of the very important factors that dominate the Sri Lankan election. Eighteen (18) of the Ministers represent Govigama caste. Karawa, Durawa, Bathgama and Nekathy castes also have representation.

In terms of the age, the youngest cabinet minister is 34 years old Namal Rajapakse, whereas the oldest Minister is 81 years old Vasudeva Nanayakkara.

Below 50 years 1
50 – 60 years 10
60 – 70 years 08
70 – 80 years 06
Above 80 years 01

District Representation

Colombo 05
Hambamthota 02
Kurunegala 02
Kandy 02
Ratnapura 02
Gampaha 01
Kalutara 01
Galle 01
Matara 01
Matale 01
Jaffna 01
Badulla 01
Nuwara Eliya 01
Anuradhapura 01

Two ministers are from the national list. They are also based in Colombo.

Eastern province does not have ministerial representation.

Also, there are no ministerial representation for Puttalam, Polonnaruwa, Vanni (Kilinochchi, Mannar, Mulativu, Vaunia), Trincomalee, Battoicaloa, Ampara, Monaragala and Kegalle Districts.

Name Ministerial Portfolio Age District
Gotabhaya Rajapakse – Defence 70+ Colombo
Mahinda Rajapakse Finance, Urban development and Housing, Buddhist, Religious and Cultural Affairs 70+ Kurunegala
Nimal Siripala De Silva Labour 70+ Badulla
G. L. Pieris Education 70+ National List
Pavithra Vanniarachchi Health 50+ Ratnapura
Dinesh Gunawardena Foreign Affairs 70+ Colombo
Douglas Devananda Fisheries 60+ Jaffna
Gamini Lokuge Transport 70+ Colombo
Bandula Gunawardena Trade 60+ Colombo
R. M. C. B. Rathnayake Wildlife and Forest conservation 60+ Nuwaa Eliya
Janaka Bandara Tennakoon Public Services, Local Government and Provincial Councils 60+ Matale
Keheliya Rambukwella Media 60+ Kandy
Chamal Rajapakse Irrigation 70+ Hambanthota
Dallas Alahaperuma Power 60+ Matara
Johnstan Fernando Highways 50+ Kurunegala
Wimal Weerawansha Industries 50+ Colombo
Mahinda Amaraweera Environment 50+ Hambanthota
S. M. Chandrasena Lands 60+ Anuradhapura
Mahindananda Aluthgamage Agriculture 50+ Kandy
Vasudewa Nanayakkara Water supply 80+ Ratnapura
Udaya Gammanpila Energy 50+ Colombo
Ramesh Pathirana Plantation 50+ Galle
Prasanna Ranathunga Tourism 50+ Gampaha
Rohitha Abeygunawardena Ports and Shipping 50+ Kalutara
Namal Rajapakse Youth and Sports 30+ Hambanthota
Ali Sabri Justice

Original Caption: WHAT IS THE SOCIAL REPRESENTATION OF THE NEW CABINET OF SRI LANKA?

praja.lk/english /Praja Research Team.

 

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