About the Ministry

The Subjects and Functions of the Ministry of Defence
as published in the Gazette Notification No. 2202/25 dated 20th November 2020 are as follows:


01.Purview

      Ensuring the national security, first and foremost safeguarding the aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka as a unitary sovereign state.

02.Subjects and Functions

1.     Providing policy guidance to relevant State Ministry, and formulating policies in relation to the subject of Defence, in conformity with the prescribed Laws, Acts and Ordinances, implementation of projects under the national budget, state Investment and National Development Programme, and formulating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating policies, programmes and projects, related to subjects and tasks under belowmentioned Departments, State Corporations and Statutory Institutions for the creation of a "Secured country" based on the national policies implemented by the government, and in line with the policy statement "Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour".

2.     Initiating necessary measures to ensure National Security.

3.  Implementing all actions necessary to rid the country of crime, drugs, money laundering and corruption while ensuring military security as well as state security, cyber security, food security.

4.   Creating a secure environment in the country that facilitates foreign and local investment opportunities, as well as state and private economic activities.

03.Special Priorities

1.    Control of internal riots, terrorist activities and protection from external influences.

2.    Prevention of illegal smuggling of goods and services in violation of maritime boundaries.

3.    Creation of a country free from drugs by working jointly with the relevant Presidential Task Force for prevention of the influx of drugs into the country, control of the drug menace, prevention from falling prey to drugs, rehabilitation of those addicted to drugs.

04.Related Institutional and Legal Framework

Departments, Statutory Institutions and Public Corporations
Laws and Ordinance to be Implemented

1.     Office of the Chief of Defence Staff

2.     Sri Lanka Army

3.     Sri Lanka Navy

4.     Sri Lanka Air Force

5.     State Intelligence Service

6.     Coast Guard Department of Sri Lanka

7.     Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

8.     Defence Services Command and Staff College

9.     National Cadet Corps

10. Miloda Institute (Academy of Financial Studies) as a Faculty of Kotelawala Defence University

Chief of Defence Staff Act, No. 35 of 2009

Army Act, No. 17 of 1949

Navy Act, No. 34 of 1950

Air Force Act, No. 41 of 1949

Department of Coast Guard Act, No. 41 of 2009

Extradition Law, No. 8 of 1977

Defence Services Command and Staff College Act, No. 5 of 2008

Explosives Act, No. 21 of 1956

Firearms Ordinance No. 33 of 1916

Firing Ranges and Military Training Act, No. 24 of 1951

Mobilization of Supplementary Force Act, No. 40 of 1985

Offensive Weapons Act, No. 18 of 1966

Piracy Act, No. 9 of 2001

Prevention of Terrorism Act, No. 48 of 1979

Public Security Ordinance, No. 25 of 1947

Sir John Kotelawala Defence Academy Act, No. 68 of 1981

Suppression of Terrorist Bombings Act, No. 11 of 1999

Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation Act, No. 42 of 2000