Our mission is planning, implementing, directing, evaluating and implementing policies / strategies / plans / programmes / projects that contribute achieving the objectives of this Ministry, formulating relevant guidelines and strategies and implementing them and achieving socio-economic development.

Major Role

  • To prepare Annual Action Plan and the Strategic Plan of the Ministry and submit to other institutes.     
  • To identify future project proposals as per the development policy framework of the government, prepare reports and obtain approval.
  • To accomplish all the functions related to sustainable development Goals.
  • Preparation of progress reports of the Ministry monthly, quarterly and annually and submit to other relevant institutes.
  • Holding ministerial progress review meetings.
  • Preparation of Annual Performance Report and the report inclusive of performance and future plans and present to committee stage on budget of the parliament.
  • Organization and conduct of workshops.



Our mission is to be strategic Planner for all the activities of this Ministry and to be the ambassador for all the foreign funded projects executed by the Ministry by way of planning, monitoring, coordinating and evaluating the project activities through a service oriented approach while providing efficient IT platform for all the divisions and connected stakeholders.

Key Objectives

  • To support Local Authorities in Sri Lanka to deliver services and Local infrastructure in a responsive and accountable manner.     
  • To increase mobility and enhance the quality of living standards of the rural communities.
  • To improve the connectivity in the Provinces by improving of Provincial and Rural Roads and Bridges.
  • To provide improved better infrastructure facilities & services to the public specially, drinking water for CKD areas while uplifting the Local Authorities from the present backwardness.
  • To Improve Urban Environment and better public health for Urban and Suburban residents through improved marine and inland water quality and a resulting improvement in hygiene and sanitary condition.
  • To promote the effective and sustainable management of the irrigation infrastructure, and to achieve sustainable improvement of water and land productivity.
  • To enhance access to quality of primary and secondary education to provide a foundation for the knowledge-based economic and social development of the country.
  • To upgrade the standards of performance of the public health system and enable it to better respond to the challenges of malnutrition and non - communicable diseases.

Key Activities

Projects Monitoring Unit
  • To achieve project objectives with the coordination of foreign funded projects with line Ministries, departments, project management units and other relevant parties.
  • To monitor the progress of ongoing projects.
  • To hold National Project Steering Committees.
  • Preparation of Cabinet Memoranda related to projects.
  • Administrative affairs including cadre recruitment for the projects.
  • To liaise with the other divisions of the Ministry.

Mission and Contribution

Creation of effective and efficient provincial council system by facilitating the functionality of the provincial councils, coordination between central government and provincial councils and development of human resources in the provincial councils for ensuring an effective and efficient provincial council system which fulfills the people’s expectations and strengthening the decentralized governing body.


To bring about an effective and efficient Provincial Council administrative system through facilitating the Provincial Council operations, well coordination between the central government and the Provincial Councils.


  • Ensuring the utility of available human resources in each province for overall socio- economic development process of the country.
  • To ensure efficient and effective Provincial and Local Government Administrative System through human resources development and upgrading the Las on scientific basis.

provincial council


Introduction on implementation of the provincial councils

As per 13th Amendment to the Constitution made in 1987 to Sri Lanka Constitution 1978, it was commenced to establish the provincial councils under the provisions of Pradeshiya Sabha Act No. 42 of 1987. Under an unitary constitution, devolution of power to the provincial councils was the objective of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Such power devolved has been inserted into the Provincial Council List and Concurrence List. The rest power has been given to the central government by a Reserved List. It has been mentioned in 13th Amendment to the Constitution that each provincial council as well as the central government has the power to enact the conventions and statutes with regard to the subjects included in the Concurrence List. Under 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the provisions have been made to establish one provincial council in every province in Sri Lanka. Furthermore,it has been indicated that a provincial council will be established for every province mentioned in Appendix in 08th Schedule of the constitution with effect from the date or dates stipulated by the orders published in the gazette by the president as per Article 154 a(1). As indicated in that schedule, the provincial councils should be established for the under-mentioned provinces. 

1. Western Province
2. North West Province
3. Uva Province
4. Sabaragamuwa Province
5. Central Province
6. Eastern Province
7. Southern Province
8. North Central Province
9. Northern Province

When the provincial councils are established in accordance with 13th Amendment to the Constitution, it has been indicated that the provincial council should be established taking into account the number of members, land area and the population in the province and the provincial councils were implemented with effect from 03rd February 1988 by an Extraordinary Gazette Notification No. 491/10 published on 05.02. 1988 by the President in compliance with such provisions. The number of members and number of electorates included in the provincial councils have been decided by an Extraordinary Gazette Notification No.499/10 dated 31.03.1988.
The provincial council consists with a Governor, Chief Minister and ministers and selected number of members. It has been mentioned in Article 154 (E)) (1) of the Constitution that the number of ministers should be maximum 05 including the Chief Minister.
The Governor is the executive of the provincial council and the Governor should be appointed by the President as per 154(b) of the constitution. As published in the gazette No. 491/17 dated 03.02.1988, the number of members has been stipulated as follows for the under-mentioned provincial councils..


අනු අංකය පළාත දිස්ත්‍රික්ක සංඛ්‍යාව එකතුව
01 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව කොළඹ 49    02    104   
ගම්පහ 39
කළුතර 20
02 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව කුරුණෑගල 34 02 52
පුත්තලම 16
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව මොනරාගල 14 02 34
බදුල්ල 18
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව කෑගල්ල 18 02 44
රත්නපුර 24
05 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව මහනුවර 30 02 58
නුවරඑළිය 16
මාතලේ 10
06 නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව අම්පාර 14 02 37
මඩකලපුව 11
ත්‍රිකුණාමලය 10
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව ගාල්ල 22 02 55
මාතර 17
හම්බන්තොට 14
08 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව අනුරාධපුර 21 02 33
පොළොන්නරුව 10
09 උතුරු පළාත් සභාව මුලතිව් 05 02 38
වව්නියා 06
මන්නාරම 05
කිළිනොච්චි 04
යාපනය 16
එකතුව 455


Responsibilities and roles

1. As per the provisions of Land Acquisition Act No.28 of 1964, carrying out necessary action to the provincial councils and local government with regard to land acquisition 

         Land Acquisitions Check List.pdf

2.  Formulation of service minutes for the posts related to provincial public service as per Public Administration Circular No.06/2006

3. Quarterly update the information on members and officers of provincial councils

4.  Preparation of cabinet memoranda in relating to the provincial councils and local government institutions and forwarding the observations

5.  Preparation of the answers for parliamentary questions related to the provincial councils

6.  Taking action to provide the answers for the petitions received from parliamentary Public Petitions Committee.

7.  Taking necessary arrangements to purchase the vehicles for the provincial councils and to issue the vehicle import permits on concessionary terms for the retired officers in All-island service

  •  Giving recommendations with regard to P.A. Circular No.22/99 


                 22-99 Check list.pdf

  •  Purchase of vehicles for the provincial councils as per National Budget Circular No.1/2016

8.   Taking coordination activities for the creation of new posts in provincial councils and local government institutions

9.   Granting visa to foreign volunteers who were attached to the provincial councils and local authorities and extension the time period.

10. Conducting Provincial Chief Secretaries Conference once in two months

11. Taking necessary action with regard to the privileges, allowances and facilities of members of provincial councils

12. Taking required coordination activities related to providing the relief to the people who had faced various difficulties on the political reasons in the provincial councils and local authorities

13. Providing answers for the public petitions and complaints referred to the provincial councils.


1987 සිට මේ දක්වා පළාත් සභාවන් ක්‍රියාත්මක වී ඇති කාලසිමාවන්

පළමු පළාත් සභාව

අනු අංකය

පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය

නිල කාලය අවසන් විය යුතු දිනය

01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව 1988.04.28 1988.05.12  
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව 1988.04.28 1988.05.23  
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව 1988.04.28 1988.05.12  
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව 1988.04.28 1988.05.12  
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව 1988.06.02 1988.06.22  
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව 1988.06.02 1988.07.14  
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව 1988.06.09    
08 උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව නිතරඟයෙන්    

 දෙවන පළාත් සභාව

අනු අංකය

පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය

නිල කාලය අවසන් විය යුතු දිනය

01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.11.11  
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.06.14  
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.06.07  
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.06.22  
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.06.18  
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව 1993.05.17 1993.06.10  
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව 1988.06.09    
08 උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා නැත    

 තෙවන පළාත් සභාව

අනු අංකය

පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය

නිල කාලය අවසන් විය යුතු දිනය

01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව 1999.01.25 1999.02.09 2004.02.09
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව 1999.04.06 1999.05.06 2004.05.06
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව 1999.04.06 1999.04.26 2004.04.26
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව 1999.04.06 1999.05.04 2004.05.04
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව 1999.04.06 1999.05.05 2004.05.05
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව 1999.04.06 1999.04.26 2004.04.26
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව (හතරවන පළාත් සභාව) 1999.06.10 1999.07.08  
08 උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා නැත    

Southern Provincial Council has been dissolved owing to an incident of a member of that council and an election has been held on 24.03.1994 again for that council. Therefore, election held on 24.03.1994 was the third election for that province.

හතරවන පළාත් සභාව

අනු අංකය

පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය

නිල කාලය අවසන් විය යුතු දිනය

01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව 2004.04.24 2004.05.18 2009.05.18
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව 2004.07.10 2004.08.11 2009.08.11
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව 2004.07.10 2004.08.05 2009.08.05
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව 2004.07.10 2004.08.09 2009.08.09
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව 2004.07.10 2004.08.04 2009.04.04
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව 2004.07.10 2004.08.05 2009.08.05
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව (පස්වන පළාත් සභාව) 2004.07.10 2004.09.03 2009.09.03
08 උතුරු - නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව (පළමු පළාත් සභාව) 2008.05.10 2008.06.04 2013.06.04

පස්වන පළාත් සභාව

අනු අංකය

පළාත් සභාව

මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය

නිල කාලය අවසන් විය යුතු දිනය

01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව 2009.02.14 2009.03.12 2014.03.12
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව 2008.08.23 2008.09.18 2013.09.18
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව 2009.08.08 2009.09.10 2014.09.10
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව 2008.08.23 2008.09.18 2013.09.18
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව 2009.04.25 2009.05.28 2014.05.28
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව 2009.02.14 2009.03.04 2014.03.04
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 2009.10.10 2009.11.05 2014.11.05
08 නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා නැත    


Provincial councils which had expired the term and functioning provincial councils

අනු අංකය පළාත් සභාව                                                                                 මැතිවරණ පැවැත් වූ දිනය   පළමු රැස්වීම පැවැත්වූ දිනය    නිල කාලය අවසන් වියයුතු දිනය   ක්‍රියාත්මක පළාත් සභා
01 වයඹ පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 
2013.09.21 2013.10.09 2018.10.10  
02 උතුරු මැද පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 2012.09.08 2012.10.02 2017.10.01  
03 ඌව පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 2014.09.20 2014.10.09   2019.10.08
04 සබරගමුව පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 2012.09.08 2012.09.27 2017.09.26  
05 බස්නාහිර පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව) 2014.03.29 2014.04.22 2019.04.21  
06 මධ්‍යම පළාත් සභාව (හයවන පළාත් සභාව)  2013.09.21 2013.10.09 2018.10.08  
07 දකුණු පළාත් සභාව (හත්වන පළාත් සභාව) 2014.03.29 2014.04.10 2019.04.09  
07 නැගෙනහිර පළාත් සභාව (දෙවන පළාත් සභාව) 2012.09.08 2012.10.01 2017.09.30  
08 උතුරු පළාත් සභාව (පළමු පළාත් සභාව) 2013.09.21 2013.10.25 2018.10.24  















More comfortable environment for all


Management of solid waste in administrative areas of Local Authorities


  • Compilation of laws and provision of consultancy to introduce methodological and proper solid waste management activities for the Local authorities.
  • Provision of proper technical support on solid waste management for the Local government institutions.
  • Promoting the local authorities for the creating of local and foreign experience of solid waste management.
  • Supporting to the Local authorities to obtain technical and financial assistance from the non - government organizations and financial institutions.
  • Construction and development of environmental conservation centers (compost projects) in local authorities.
  • Improvement of 3R methodology
  • Providing of compost barrels for the domestic waste management.
  • Providing of compost barrels for the waste management in schools.
  • Implementation of national program of collecting of waste separately to improve the waste management in local authorities.
  • Printing and distributing of waste separation awareness posters and hand bills for the local authorities and school children.
  • Making aware the community about waste management using the electronic media
  • Preparation of advertisements.

Implementation of awareness programmes

  • Conducting of capacity development training programs for the health labour officers for solid waste management. (Providing of National Vocational Qualification - NVQ 4)
  • Conducting of awareness program on the Thakathura method, a new methodology of preparation of compost
  • Implementation of awareness program of waste management for the school children.Special Projects
  • Fulfilling of project work of recycling of sewerage waste under the Punarudaya national programme on environment conservation directed by the presidential secretariat.
  • Supporting to remove the residence from Meethotamulla waste yard which used by the Colombo Municipal Council to discard garbage, to obtain further space in the yard.
  • Activities of removing of garbage at the pradeshiya sabha limits of Kolonnawa, Kotikawatta, Mulleriyawa where affected by flood

Providing of vehicles and instruments for the solid waste management

  • Providing of bob cats, alarm instrument kit, compactors for the local authorities so as to cover the 9 provinces.
  • Preparation of plans for the waste management for the 09 provinces is being made as per instructions of consultant’s council of specialist committee for the compilation of strategies, policies and plans for the waste management and the instructions of the specialist committee.


To ensure efficient and effective service  to the public , civil organizations and other parties those who require services from Provencal Councils,by involving policy decision making for regulating  and performance improvements of Provincial Councils.

Contribution to the Vision and Mission of the Ministry

Local government division equally contribute to fulfill the  mission of the ministry by ensuring  an effective and efficient service according to the aspirations of the public by: assisting local government authorities when they require to  purchase  machinery / equipment , assisting the improvement of office facilities, prioritizing the need of providing efficient and effective service to the public those who expect to obtain services from Provincial Councils and implementing the front office concept of Provincial councils.

In addition, local government division contribute to reach the vision of the Ministry by ensuring the local government authorities provide efficient and high quality service  through analyzing the annual performance report of local government authorities.


  1. Incorporation and upgrading of local government authorities
  2. Implementation of actions related to determination of the boundaries of local government authorities
  3. Coordination with provincial chief secretaries/local government commissioners in order to give solutions to  complains made by the public who become unsatisfied when they try to obtain  the services of local government authorities.
  4. Coordination with relevant local government authorities regarding the nominated representations in related to the subject of local government, by the linear ministries/departments.
  5. Coordination with relevant provinces in order to implement the policy decisions taken by cabinet of ministers.

Special Programmes Implemented in Year 2017

Incorporation/Upgrading  of Local Government  Authorities

Since the need of a systematic mechanism aroused when working on the proposals made by political parties, public agents, civil organizations and the public regarding the incorporation and upgrading of local government authorities, 12 member committee appointed by ministry built a criteria on a scientific manner.

The committee report containing the above criteria was submitted to the approval of the Cabinet of ministers and they approved it on  2017/08. (Committee report and criteria) Proposals received so far from various parties regarding the incorporation/upgrading of local government authorities, will be reviewed by a committee appointed in provincial level by the Provincial Chief Secretary, and a recommendation report of the same committee will be received before those recommendations will be considered by the ministry to incorporate/upgrade the respective local government authorities according to the requests made.

Assist to Establish  Front Offices at 100 Selected Local Government Authorities

In view of providing more efficient and comprehensive service from local government authorities, the concept of front office is introduced and accordingly 108 front offices by Pura Neguma project and 101 front offices by NELSIP project are already been established and the local government department has decided to establish another 100 front offices in the year of 2017 at  local government authorities. (List of local government authorities where front offices are already established or to be established)

Accordingly, One Million Rupees is allocated for each authority to establish a  front office,  out of which  Rupees  300,000 is for purchasing of office furniture and the balance for purchasing of computers and accessories required for the front office. (Guidance) . In addition, the Ministry will guide to install the required software and to provide the training in local level for the offices to be assigned in front offices.

Performance Competition of Local Government Authorities

Local government authority management competition is conducted annually in the aim of enhancing the performance of local government authorities by means of evaluation/appreciation of their management.

For that ‘ Performance Enhancing and Confirming Tool’ ( PERFECT) which is established with a criteria developed incorporating  the scope of work of Local Government Authorities ( Human recourse management, office management, financial management, public health and sanitary affairs, roads and drainage maintenance, public facilities, welfare facilities and regulation services, etc. ), is used.

Therein the local government authorities are evaluated in provincial level and the winners among them are evaluated in national level.

In the year 2017 the  usage of ‘Performance Enhancing and Confirming Tool’ is not done, instead a performance of local authorities in the aspects of garbage disposal and Dengue control is evaluated against a criteria prepared considering timely issues of garbage disposal and Dengue hazard Information

1. List of Local Government Authorities - Sinhala
2. List of machinery& Equipment/vehicles  provided by ministries.

3. Ward Maps of LAs - Related to Delimitation

4. Summery of LAs (as at 2019.05.31)

5. Contact Details of LAs

6. Contact Details of CLGs (as at 14.06.2021)

7. Number of Local Government Institutions & the number of representatives in those Local Government Institutions(as at 15.03.2020)

8. Information about the offices of the Assistant Commissioners of Local Government (as at 15.09.2020)

9. Circular for Providing information technological solutions for the services delivered by the local authorities