It is reported that due to the National Lotteries Board and Development Lotteries Board being included to the Foreign Minister’s portfolio, this change was initiated.
This is the first instance in the country’s history that the Lotteries Board and Development Lotteries Board have been included in the Foreign Minister’s portfolio.
According to government sources, these institutions were included in the Foreign Minister’s portfolio in order to allow Karunanayake to complete the projects initiated by him within these two institutions particularly the security Printing.
Gratitude to the swan
Meanwhile, the current Chairperson of the National Lotteries Board, Shermila Perera is the owner of the New Democratic Party under the Swan sign under which President Maithripala Sirisena contested as the common candidate during the previous Presidential election.
Further, she is also a close associate of Ravi Karunanayake which has also been another factor that could have contributed to these institutions being assigned to Karunanayake.
DLB Chairman Ravi’s Brother-In-Law
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Development Lotteries Board, Romesh Jayawardena is the brother-in-law of Minister Karunanayake.
Karunanayake’s wife’s sister is married to Romesh Jayawardena and with the defeat of the Rajapaksa regime, he had arrived in Sri Lanka from Canada and assumed duties as the Chairman of the DLB.