25 September, 2023


New Secretary To The President – Austin Fernando

Reputed Civil Servant Austin fernando to be appointed as the Secretary to the President, Colombo Telegraph reliably learns.

Secretary to the President P.B. Abeykoon has resigned yesterday. Meanwhile, Austin Fernando had resigned from the post of the Governor of Eastern Province on the 22nd of June and the President has accepted his resignation on the 27th of June, Colombo Telegraph learns.

According to the sources close to the Presidential Secretariat, President Maithripala Sirisena has last night singed the appointment letter.

We publish below a short resume of Austin Fernando:

1.      Governor, Eastern Province (February 2015 – Up to 22nd July 2017)
2.      Advisor to the President of Sri Lanka [January 2015- Up to date- On invitation and voluntary. (Extend to different areas)
3.      Japan International Cooperation Agency – Senior Adviser and Free Lance Consultant – August 2004- January 2015) (Covered the security and political aspects)]
4.      Advisor to Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (November 2003- April 2004)
5.      Secretary Ministry of Defence (December 2001 – November 2003) (Policy maker, Implementer, Supervisor, Coordinator, CEO of the Defence establishment and Chief Accounting Officer of the Ministry. Managed the security aspects of the Ceasefire Agreement, monitored Human Rights issues involving the Military and attended Peace Talks with the LTTE.)
6.      Executive Director of Resources Development Consultants Ltd. (2003-2015) and undertook consultancies on Institutional Development, Evaluation, Urban and General Development Planning, Public Administration which included power sharing exercises. Work experience with World Bank, ADB, and UNDP, UNHCR and other international private organizations and having international work experiences.)
7.      Secretary Ministry of Cooperatives Provincial Councils, Home Affairs, Local Government and Indigenous Medicine. (1993-1996)
8.      Post Master General of Sri Lanka (1992- 1993)
9.      Chairman of State Gem Corporation (1991-1992)
10.    CEO- (UNDP Assignment 1988-1991) National Reconstruction Steering Committee ($ 500 million) planning for North and East, financing programmes and projects, coordination of rehabilitation and reconstruction activities, monitoring performance.
11.    Secretary Ministry of Rehabilitation (1986-1988)and Commissioner General of Essential Services and Chairman of the Rehabilitation of Persons, Properties and Industries Authority   Polonnaruwa and served y undertaking conflict affected area needs)
12.    Commissioner of Cooperatives and Registrar of Cooperative Societies for Sri Lanka (1982-1986) Normal statutory functions but was engaged extensively in diversification of cooperatives and human resource development and management development activities)
13.    Served in District Administration as Government Agent of and Nuwara Eliya and Additional Government Agent Polonnaruwa (1975- 1981) and previously Assist Commissioner of Elections in Matale and Batticaloa Districts (1968-1975)
14.    Probationary Sri Lanka Administrative Service officer (1967-1968)
15.    Graduate Teacher (1963-1967)
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  • 1

    All the best Mr. Austin Fernando. We know that your Belly is White.

  • 4

    Eastern Tamils are asking for Tamil. They feel if Austin is taken away he cannot be replaced by other communities so they want a Tamil there. I think it is time to Yahapalanaya respects Tamils’ wishes.

    • 3

      No. Instead the government must appoint a couple of Tamils for Sinhala majority provinces. ——-

      • 1

        Somass ji—–good idea, well said, you too seem to want to plant feel good stories as part of spin–Tokenism–while planning for the next pogrom.

  • 3

    It appears finally the President has come to his senses and appointed an appropriate person for the Job as his secretary. Two years of valuable time lost.
    Better late than never.

  • 1

    No one is indispensable !

  • 2

    Is this the best Marru Sirra could do to appoint another useless cog in the wheel to be his secretary? This ‘Baby Austin’ failed to professionally manage and co-ordinate an invitation to the Chief Minister of the Eastern province when Austin was governor. As a result, the Chief Minister got checkmated in an ugly spectacle with a Naval officer during the opening ceremony in Sampur and this lout could not broker any peace before we made a shame of ourselves in the presence of the US ambassador Mr. Keshap. All these highlighted credentials are an insult to this government and our people. Nothakin POLL BOOR*WA!

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