A Provincial and Local Government System which is effective, collaborative, innovative and accountable and provide high quality services in the communities.


  • Formulate policies to develop the provincial and local government system.
  • Enhance the capacity of provincial and local government to exercise their powers and provide services and
  • Ensure public interests and reflected in the provincial and local government system.
  • Work for the betterment of communities through partnerships with provincial councils, local governments and other organizations.

Scope and Functions

As per the subjects and functions of the new Ministries published by the extraordinary gazette dated 21-09-2015 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka ,scopes and functions come under the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government are undermentioned.

  • Formulation, Monitoring and Evaluation of policies, programmes and projects related to subjects of Provincial Councils & Local Government, Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance and Local Loans and Development Fund.
  • Regulation of the activities of Provincial Councils.
  • Regulation of the affairs of Local Authorities
  • Training of members, officers and employees of Provincial Councils.
  • Government activities related to Local Authorities
  • Provide loan facilities for Local Authorities to improve public amenities.
  • Training of members, officers and employees of Local Authorities
  • Conduct researches on every facet of the administration of Provincial Councils and Local Authorities.
  • All the other affairs related to the scopes assigned to Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance and Local Loans and Development Fund.
  • Supervision of the said institutions.

Policies and Strategies


Reduce the inter - regional disparities and improving provincial contribution to GDP while ensuring self - sustained Provinces.

  • Enhancing income generation capacity of every province while using available human capital and environmental resources effectively applying Good Governance.
  • Formulate and introduce an appropriate policies and long run programs to minimize the out-migration of the Provinces which have relatively higher rate of out migration.
  • Ensuring the utility of available human resources in each province for overall socioeconomic development process of the country.
  • Mobilization of resources available in the provinces and empowerment of values and capacities of rural communities by improving public participation for grassroots level community development activities.
  • Integrating disaster risk reduction and adaptation measures into regional level development activities while ensuring sustainable usage of natural resources in each Province.
  • To ensure efficient and effective Provincial and Local Government Administrative system through human resource development and upgrading the LAs on scientific basis.