Oct 01, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government will soon appoint a district minister to each of the 25 districts in the nine provinces of the country to oversee the development in the districts, sources said.
According to sources, government MPs elected from each district with highest preferential votes and not received any cabinet portfolios will be appointed as District Ministers.
The government has come to this decision to deal with the powers of the Northern Provincial Council under the administration of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) which is in opposition to the government, sources said.
The government expects to appoint five of its MPs to the five districts of the Northern Province. These Ministers are expected to be vested with wide powers.
Sri Lanka appointed District Ministers in early 1980s during the reign of President J.R. Jayawardana but the positions were abolished later after the introduction of the Provincial Council system in the late 1980s.