The Parliament of Sri Lanka successfully conducted a Felicitation Ceremony on the 24th of July 2017 at the Grand Ballroom, Waters Edge, Battaramulla to honour the members of the staff of the Secretary-General of Parliament who have rendered a praiseworthy service to the Parliament for more than two and a half decades. This function was the third of such functions and had been organized under the guidance of the Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Parliament.
During the Ceremony, the members of the staff who have completed over thirty five years of service, both retired members of the staff and the members of the staff who have completed twenty five years of service, and also members of the staff who have excelled in sports at national level, which brought glory to the Parliament, have been felicitated.
This momentous Ceremony was graced by the Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of Parliament as the Chief Guest while Hon. Selvam Adaikkalanathan, Deputy Chairman of Committees of Parliament, and Hon. Rajavarothiam Sampanthan, Leader of the Opposition of Parliament, were also present as distinguished guests. Mr. Nihal Seneviratne, former Secretary-General of Parliament also attended this event as a special invitee.
Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of Parliament, Mr. Neil Iddawala, Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary-General of Parliament, Mrs. Kushani Rohanadeera, Assistant Secretary- General of Parliament, and Mr. Tikiri Jayathilake, Assistant Secretary-General of Parliament, also took part in this Ceremony.
On behalf of the former and present employees who were felicitated, Mr. W.A.J. Gunapala, former Chief Research Officer, Mr. P. Lakshman Kumara, Senior X-ray Inspector, Mr. A.K.A.L. Amarasinghe, Deputy F&B Manager, Miss. G. Thatchanarany, Assistant Director (Administration) and Mrs. C.N. Lokukodikara de Silva, Deputy Editor of Hansard (English) expressed their thoughts and shared their career experience in parliamentary service. Mr. Nihal Seneviratne, delivered an inspirational speech and shared his valuable experiences as the Head of Parliament from 1981 – 1994.