Colombo Telegraph

TNA To Pick Professionals For Provincial Ministers

The tussle for ministerial portfolios in the newly elected Northern Provincial Council is set to end on Saturday with at least two positions on education and health set to go to winning candidates from the Vavuniya and Kilinochchi districts who are also professionals in the field, Colombo Telegraph learns.

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In addition to the Chief Minister position, four ministerial portfolios are available for Education, Health and two other subjects on the list of powers granted to the provincial councils by the constitution.

The NPC’s Health Ministry Portfolio is likely to go to Dr. Sathialingam from Vavuniya who topped the TNA’s preferential list in the District with some 20,000 votes.

Thambirajah Kurukularajah, a former director of Education in Kilinochchi is likely to be appointed Education Minister, TNA sources said. Kurukularajah who received 26,000 preferential votes was denied a routine extension despite his credentials as a good educationist in the area.  There is also speculation that an engineer from Mannar should get one of the ministries and that candidates from the Jaffna District should not get more than one. The tussle for the Jaffna portfolio is currently between C.V.K. Sivagnanam and PLOTE leader Dharmaralingam Siddharthan.

It is expected that oath taking ceremonies will take place by Monday. Meanwhile the newly elected council currently has no assembly hall and its budgets are not yet decided, sources said.

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