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Performance of the Human Resources Division(Administration Division)

Main Objectives

  • Implementation of the recruitment and promotion procedure.
  • Taking action necessary to maintain good order and discipline of the staff and to facilitate day to day work.
  • Ensuring the good order of the institution.
  • Formulation of the office lay out and the office organization chart

Daily Routine Duties

  • Attending to the daily tappal
  • Inter-divisional and intra-divisional co-ordination.
  • Responding to requests made by the public
  • Taking action regarding requests made by the staff.
  • Maintenance and updating of personal files of staff
  • Management of the transport section.
  • Taking action with regard to the payment of staff salaries, allowances, traveling expenses and all payments.
  • Organizing of efficiency bar examinations, competitive examinations and promotion examinations.
  • Maintenance of statistical data in respect of the posting of Officers.
  • Duties pertaining to inter District transfers
  • Disciplinary functions in respect of officers.

Special Assignments

  • Providing replies to questions in Parliament relevant to the Administration Division, and coordination with the Ministry.
  • Duties pertaining to the Public Petitions Committee
  • Compiling answers for audit queries relevant to the Administration Division and co-ordination thereof.
  • Taking action regarding matters arising from ParliamentaryAdvisory Committee meetings, and briefing divisional heads about such matters.
  • Holding of efficiency bar examinations and other promotion examinations, and attending to the communication function of same.
  • Recruitment of new Officers taking into consideration the existing vacancies.
  • Providing answers to problems brought up through the Monitoring Committee on Social Empowerment.

Performance Report of the Training and Research Division


The year 2017 had been declared as the Year of Poverty Eradication, with the objective of minimizing poverty in Sri Lanka. The basic aim of the Training and Research Division is updating the knowledge, skills, attitudinal development and subject related knowledge of the staff of the Department of Divineguma Development involved in the task of minimizing poverty with the aim of increasing their efficiency and productivity, based on the mission of sustainable development in order to achieve its goals.

In this respect, the Training and Research Divisionplans, introduces, coordinates, provides guidanceand the required facilities for the necessary training courses and programmes.



The creation of a strong human capital for a Poverty Free Sri Lanka by the year 2030.



The creation through the Department of a human resource, replete with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and ideals required for the poor to be empowered and made contributories to the national economy.



Development of the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the internal staff.

Maintaining the Training Centers in an efficient and productivemanner and conducting training

Identifying the successes/failures of ongoing programmes and identifying new approaches.


Details Of Projects And Activities Implemented

For this purpose, the Training and Research Divisionplanned to implement the following activities through it:

  1. Providing subject related knowledge and training to the staff.
  2. Making officers aware about the functions of a state employee.
  3. Academic and field research matters, formulation of methodologies to minimize poverty, and coordinating with external institutions being the School of Social Services, local and international higher education and research institutes and Universities.
  4. Guidance for foreign scholarship courses and providing opportunities to exchange local experiences.
  5. Procuring the required finances for officers to undergo training relevant to the recruiting procedure and service requirements.
  6. Maintaining Training Centers properly and efficiently.

Performance of the Investigation Division


Creating a model Department devoid of fraud, corruption and irregularities that renders an efficient and productive service by the creation of a law abiding and disciplined work force.



Investigating into violations of common laws, indiscipline and criminal acts, and punishing officers found guilty in accordance with state disciplinary procedure, providing them an opportunity to become law abiding and disciplined state employees, and dismissing from public service officers established to be prejudicial to good order in the state service and the welfare of the general public.


Functions of the Division

  • Conducting preliminary investigations about complaints received
  • Taking onward disciplinary action in respect of Special Audit Inspections done by the Internal Audit Division.
  • Calling for explanationand issuing of charge sheets.
  • Holding formal disciplinary inquiries
  • Issue of disciplinary orders.
  • Submitting reports to the Public Service Commission about appeals against disciplinary orders.
  • Steering the Appeal Committee relevant to vacation of post orders.
  • Coordinating matters with institutions such as the Presidential Investigation Division, Commission of Inquiry against Bribery or Corruption, Sri Lanka Human Rights Commision

Performance of the Social Welfare Division


Successive governments had implemented various programmes to enhance the welfare of the poor community in Sri Lanka, and the following programmes took precedence among those:

  1. Food Stamp Scheme
  2. Janasaviya Programme
  3. Samurdhi Programme

The Samurdhi Scheme is in operation since 1994 as the major welfare scheme of the government being implemented focusing on the main objective of the alleviation of poverty. This scheme was implemented under the two institutions of the Samurdhi Authority of Sri Lanka and the Department of the Commissioner General of Samurdhi, and the Subsidy Programme was implemented under the Department of the Commissioner General of Samurdhi.

Also, the Department of Divineguma Development established under the Divineguma Act No 01 of 2013 functioned as the Samurdhi Development Department being amended as the Samurdhi Act No 02 of 2016. Accordingly, the Subsidy Programme is presently being implemented by the Subsidy Division of this Department.


Main Objectives of the Subsidy Programme:

  • Fulfilling the nutritional requirements of the poor people and lining them up for development requirements.
  • Making them to contribute to the Housing Lottery Fund.
  • Strengthening the low income earner financial through compulsory savings.
  • Getting them to contribute to the Social Security Programme and providing financial support during expected and unexpected risky situations of those families.

Selection of Beneficiaries

From January 2017, beneficiaries who were in receipt of subsidies as at 31st Decemberonlywill be qualified to receive Samurdhi benefits.


Performance of the Social Security Division


The Samurdhi Social Security Fund has been started and is being maintained under the Department of the Commissioner General of Samurdhi with effect from 01.01.1997 through trusteeship deed no 8. This fund is treated as a government owned non-commercial entity. Accordingly, while the Social Security Fund is an entity not dependent on government provisions, and generates income on its own, it has been categorized in this manner.


When establishing the Department of Samurdhi Development in accordance with the Divineguma Development Act No 01 of 2013, the Department of the Commissioner General of Samurdhi too was incorporated into it. Accordingly, it operated as the Divineguma Social Security Fund under the Department of Samurdhi Development, and with the name of the Department being amended as the Department of SamurdhiDevelopment, it operates under the name of the Samurdhi Social Security Fund. The management of the fund is being done by the Social Security Board of Trustees comprising 10 members under the chairmanship of the Head of the Department.



A secure tomorrow for a prosperous community



Uplifting the Samurdhi beneficiaries economically, socially, medically and educationally preventing breakdown when faced with expected and unexpected situations.



  • Minimizing financial difficulties that have to be faced expectedly and unexpectedly when Samurdhi beneficiaries, socially disadvantaged persons and groups are engaged in institutional economic activities, and safeguarding their social and living conditions.
  • Taking action to develop the social and economic condition of the beneficiary community by enhancing their nutrition level.

Performance of the Social Development and Environment Division


The Department of Samurdhi Development, which has made the national mission of eradication of poverty in Sri Lanka its major task, has lined up its activities within the broad  range of economic, social, mental, political, cultural, legal and environmental fields, in order to totally empower the community. For this purpose, one of the major Divisions established within the organization structure of the Department of Samurdhi Development is the Social Development and Environment Division.

This Division, paying attention to all groups (children, youth, elders, women) of society, identifying and minimizing the problems faced by them socially, humanly, environmentally and culturally, has implemented a large number of programmes incurring Rs 200 Mn in the year 2017 too, in order to create a society replete with knowledge, skills and attitudes.


“A community strengthened socially, mentally and culturally”


“Implementing social development and environmental programmes in order to build a human community strong socially, mentally, environmentally and culturally”


  • Contributing to increasing forest density whilst enhancing the attitude of the community regarding preservation of theenvironment.
  • Ensuring the ownership of houses to members of the community who, for various social reasons, are without a proper house to live, thereby safeguarding their social life.
  • Rehabilitation of the internal harmony of family units, broken down due to smoking, use of liquor and other social reasons.
  • Identifying children within the age limit of 7 – 18 years spread over the island, grouping them, highlighting their talents, development of leadership qualities and ensuring security.
  • Increasing the understanding of the community about the themes of the International Women’s Day, International Anti-Smoking Day, International Day of Literacy, International Elders’ and Children’s Day, and the implementation of productive programmes.
  • Identifying the psycho-social problems of the community, implementing appropriate programs to minimize them and ensuring the effectiveness of their social lives.
  • Conservation of indigenous food, giving publicity and strengthening the livelihood of low income earning families.
    • Implementation of the above program in time objective wise and assessment of the outcome.

Samurdhi Haritha Uyana Programme


The reduction of forest density in Sri Lanka has caused an increase in environmental and social damage in the long term. It is the poor, the women and marginalized social groups who are directly impacted by such calamities. If it is necessary to safeguard those groups from this state, conservation as well as development of the environment is important. Theexpectation of this programme is to add the contribution of the Department of Samurdhi Development of the Ministry of Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage under the SamurdhiHarithaUyanaProgramme to the “Wanaropa” national programme implemented by His Excellency, the President through a joint approach by the governmental, non-governmental and private sectors with the aim of increasing the existing forest density from 29% to 32%. Through this, it is hoped to achieve the under mentioned objectives:

  • Preservation of forestry resources and water resources by increasing the forest cover of Sri Lanka
  • Rehabilitation of destroyed lands areas through reforestation
  • Preservation of catchment areas.
  • Enhancing food security.
  • Developing the understanding of the community about conservation of the environment.
  • Safeguarding of lives on earth in accordance sustainable development targets.

Target groups: The poor, women, children, marginalized groups

Implementation methodology: Identifying lands appropriate for reforestation at Secretarial Division level and implementing the programme in collaboration with auxiliary organizations.



Last Updated on Monday, 06 August 2018 15:32