By the 13th amendment to the constitution of Sri Lanka, Provincial Councils were established in 1987 for nine provinces. The objective of establishing Provincial Councils was, creating a convenient ruling system for the public through the devolution of power. According to eh 8th schedule of 13th amendment, nine provincial councils should be established for nine provinces.
The Provincial Council Act, No:42 of 1987 had been enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, to provide for the procedure to be followed in Provincial Councils, for matters relating to the Provincial Public Service and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.
A Provincial Public Service has been formed to fulfill the needs of the public through the establishment of a Provincial Council for each Province. Officers are recruited for that purpose and they are known as the “Officers of Provincial Public Service”. Officers of the Central Government are also released to the Provincial Public Service, when it is necessary.
According to the Provincial Council Act, No:42 of 1987, the appointment, transfer, dismissal and disciplinary control of officers of the Provincial Public Service of each province is hereby vested in the Governor of that Province. The Governor of a Province may, from time to time, delegate his powers of appointment, transfer, dismissal, disciplinary control of officers of the Provincial Public Service, to the Provincial Public Service Commission of that Province.
There should be a Provincial Public Service Commission for each Province which shall consist of not less than three persons, appointed by the Governor of that Province. The Governor should nominate one of the members of the Commission to be the Chairman. No person shall be appointed or continue as a member of a Provincial Public Service Commission if he is a member of Parliament, a member of a Provincial Council, a public officer, a judicial officer or officer of a Provincial Public Service. Every member of a Provincial Public Service Commission shall hold office for a period of five years from the date of his appointment.
The Governor of a Province should have the power to alter, vary or rescind any appointment, order of disciplinary matter made by the Provincial Public Service Commission of that Province.
A Provincial Public Service Commission should have its own Secretariat. It should be consisted of a Secretary (Sri Lanka Administrative Service) and supporting staff.
Main Function of The Provincial Public Service Commission a. Exercise of powers with regard to appointment, transfer and disciplinary control of the officers in the Provincial Public Service in pursuance of the delegation of powers by the Hon. Governor. b. Determination of the appeals submitted by the employees of the Provincial Public Serevice with regard to the conditions relevant to the transfer and disciplinary matters, in terms of the provisons in Section 32 (3) of the Provincial Council Act No : 42 fo 1987.
Main Activity of The Provincial Public Service Commission Activities related to Confirmation, Promotion, Extension of Service, Retirement Approval, Re-Instatement, Terminations of Service, Transfer and Appeal. Conducting exams for Recruitment and Promotion, conducting Interviews for some particular posts, Releasing exam results.