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.

Uplifting of the people’s living standards is a prominent task as well as a requirement of any country. Sri Lanka also attempts to acquire a higher level of living standard of people in the field of economic, social and cultural development. In the process, it is a preeminent contribution in minimizing regional disparities, contributing national economic development and strengthening the democratic process that has been shown by the Provincial Councils and the Local Government system in the country. This ministry has provided allocation for strengthening of low income generated Local Authorities to improve infrastructure facilities and furnish essential machines and equipment. Specially, more allocations have been provided for selected local authorities, which are facing many difficulties in carrying out day to day maintenances due to insufficient income levels. Our ministry has giving a distinctive attention to the current world challenged problem of Solid Waste and taken measures to introduce an appropriate Solid Waste Management mechanism. As a preliminary step, required machines and equipment have been provided for many Local Authorities.

Priority has been given for follow up activities on formulation and implementation of policies in respect of Provincial Councils and Local Government and it was able to successfully accomplish the key responsibility of efficiently utilizing resources granted though international organizations for related issues regarding infrastructure facility improvement, human resource development and problems faced within the social economic frame.

A best regional governing structure is a necessity to create a development democratic state. Identification of strong qualities as well as weak points of the Provincial Councils and Local Government Authorities that rule the regional governing of the island is a noteworthy fact. Thus, one of our key objectives is to reach superior level of the local authority system of this country in general within the forthcoming years.

This Ministry has given attention to the requirement of a governing framework for regular management of the three progressive parties; public representatives, public sector employees and civil society while specially adapting, safeguarding and improving the principles of good governance of the new government. Particularly promotion the community participation in the tasks of planning, budgeting, implementation, follow up activities and trusteeship.

It is noteworthy to state that initiatives have been already taken to implement the tasks of updating acts of Local Authorities compatible with present, formulate a set of national criteria to constitute new Local Authorities and upgrade present Local Authorities by a committee and make suitable amendments of divisional boundaries, names or letters by the national Delimitation Committee.

Introducing the front office system tested using new Information Technological methods for all Provincial Councils and Local Authorities, Conducting of capacity building training program and providing funds to implement feasible projects are also major components of the Action Plan of this Ministry in order to create a system that Provincial Councils and Local Authorities play a responsible role in National Economy and directing society within socio cultural process.

Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance

The Sri Lanka Institute of Local Governance was established under the parliament act no 31 of 1999 and a board consisting of ex officio 8 members including the secretary to the Ministry of Local Governance and Provincial Council and 5 members appointed by the honorable minister of the ministry have been appointed for the administration of function of the institution and the management. The administration is carried out by the director, the chief executive officer

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Local Loans & Development Fund

The Local Loans & Development Fund (LLDF) has been established under the Commandment Act No. 22 of 1916 and currently operates as a statutory body under Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government. LLDF is the main financial provider to Local Authorities to accomplish their long term income generating and development projects loans at a concessionary rates of interest.

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