New Defence Secretary assumes office
[October 31 2018]
The newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of
Defence, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando assumed office during a ceremony held at
the Ministry, today (31 October 2018).
The new Secretary was received by Additional Secretary
Mr. RPR Rajapaksa upon his arrival at the Ministry. He later officially
took over duties at the Secretary's office.
Mr. Hemasiri Fernando was appointed as the Secretary
to the Ministry of Defence by the President, yesterday (30).
Chief of Defence Staff, Tri Forces Commanders, IGP,
senior Ministry officials, heads of institutions under the purview of
the Ministry and members of the staff were also present at the ceremony.
Mr. Fernando is also the Chief of Staff of the
Mr. Fernando has held many important positions
including, the Secretary to the Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike,
Chairman of Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd, People's Bank and the Airport and
Aviation Authority, and Secretary to the Ministry of Posts. He was also
the Chairman of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka for two
Mr. Fernando is an old student of Nalanda College,
Colombo. He entered the University of Ceylon in 1971 and obtained a Honours Degree in Economics.
After graduation he joined the Sri Lanka Navy and
served the nation for about fifteen years. He retired from naval service
in the rank of Commander.
A fine sportsman, Mr. Fernando had also captained the
University cricket team. As a national shooting champion, he represented
the country at the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.
Mr. Fernando is known as a prominent civil
administrator and a good decision maker. He was instrumental in bringing
unprecedented growth in institutions that he had headed with his
groundbreaking and far sighted changes.