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Historical Background

Galle is the capital city of the Southern Province, with its beautiful beaches, World Heritage Site of the Sinharaja Forest, remnants of colonial forts, the harbor of the East and the West, and the Port of Galle. Chief Secretariat of the Southern Provincial Council is located in the city.

To oversee the proper functioning of the Ministries, Departments and Authorities under the powers vested in the Southern Provincial Council by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, to coordinate the activities carried out by those institutions, and to develop the financial and physical resources. The Chief Secretariat of the Southern Province, which is responsible for managing and training human resources, is the center of institutional administration of the Southern Provincial Council.

The powers and responsibilities of acting as the direct supervisor of this administrative center are vested in the Chief Secretary. According to Section 31 of the Provincial Councils Act No. 42 of 1982, His Excellency the President, with the concurrence of the Chief Minister of the Province, appoints the Chief Secretary. Accordingly, this officer will act as the direct supervisor of the following divisions.