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Cabinet Office - Sri Lanka


Special Notification to the Public

Furnishing of Information Relating to Cabinet Decisions in terms of the Provisions of the Right to Information Act, No.12 of 2016


At the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on 2019-02-26, it has been decided to authorize the Secretaries to the Line Ministries, to provide Cabinet decisions and related information directly through the said Ministries, with a view to furnishing such information requested by the citizens in a more efficient and an effective manner.

Accordingly, with effect from 2019-03-07 the Cabinet decisions and the related documents pertaining to the purview of each Line Ministry could be obtained directly from the Line Ministry which had submitted the Cabinet Memorandum, on a request made to that effect, in accordance with the above Cabinet Decision.

The Office of the Cabinet of Ministers will, with regard to request made in terms of the Act, continue to furnish only the Cabinet decisions which are not relevant to a specific Cabinet Memorandum or which do not fall within the purview of a specific Ministry and pertaining to which the Cabinet has made to a decision under 'Any Other Business', adhering to the provisions of the said Act.

If further clarification is necessary in this regard, such clarification could be sought from the Information Officer of the Office of the Cabinet of Ministers by telephone No. 011-2325279 or through a written request made to that effect.


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There shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet of Ministers who shall be appointed by the President. The Secretary shall, subject to the direction of the President, have charge of the office of the Cabinet of Ministers, and shall discharge and perform such other functions and duties as may be assigned to him by the President or the Cabinet of Ministers.
[Article 50, The Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka]

VISION
To be the most reliable agency assisting the Executive.


MISSION
To provide all support services efficiently to the decision making process of the Cabinet of Ministers in fulfilling duties pertaining to the direction and control of the Government of the Republic, vested with the Cabinet of Ministers in terms of Sub-Article 42(1) of the Constitution.


OBJECTIVES
Assisting diligently and expeditiously the Cabinet of Ministers in decision making and its Sub-Committees in making recommendations.


ACTIVITIES
Issuing instructions to Ministries on the preparation of Cabinet Memoranda and guiding the Secretaries to the Ministries and Senior Officials, and providing clarifications to them in this regard.
Conducting in-depth studies relating to the legal and policy aspects of Cabinet Memoranda received and making submissions to the Cabinet of Ministers and Cabinet Sub-Committees, to facilitate coherent and knowledgeable decision making on such Memoranda in the discharge of functions vested with the Cabinet of Ministers with regard to policy formulation and direction and control of the Government of the Republic.
Referring Cabinet Memoranda to the relevant Ministers for their observations.
Listing Cabinet Memoranda after perusal, on the Agenda of Meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Submitting Cabinet Memoranda together with the relevant observations, to the Cabinet of Ministers and Cabinet Sub-Committees, for consideration.
Preparation of Minutes of the Meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers, and Cabinet Sub-Committees in all three languages and referring such Minutes to the Hon. Ministers, Secretaries to the relevant Ministries and to the other authorities.
Providing all necessary services to the Meetings of the Cabinet of Ministers and Cabinet Sub-Committees.
Conveying decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to the relevant Ministries.
Monitoring the implementation of important Cabinet decisions.
Attending to any other matters on the directives of His Excellency the President or the Cabinet of Ministers.