About Us

The Ministry of Posts, Postal Services & Muslim Religious Affairs was established as per extraordinary gazette notification No. 1933/13 and dated 21.09.2015 of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The institutions coming under the purview of the Ministry are given below

  • Department of Posts
  • Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs

Accordingly, the vision, mission, laws to be implemented, objectives and functions of the Ministry are given below

Vision
Promotion of an excellent and efficient postal service and Islamic religious and cultural affairs

Mission

The provision of trustworthy and high quality postal service to the people at an affordable price, and facilitating the advancement of religious values and culture of the Sri Lankan Muslim community

Legislation required to be implemented

  • Stamp Ordinance (No 22 of 1909)
  • Post Office Ordinance (No.11 of 1908)
  • Muslim Mosques and Charitable Trusts or Wakfs Act No 51 of 1956

Our Objectives

  • Formulating policies programmes and projects in respect of subjects coming under the purview of the Department of Posts and the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs
  • Providing a more profitable, efficient and friendly postal service to the public while minimizing costs
  • Expanding postal services, to be on a par with global trends utilizing modern technology
  • Ensuring compliance with quality, standard and advancement of postal services
  • Expanding financial services facilities too rural level concurrent to the local postal communication services
  • Empowering postal services as a multi-purpose service provision unit making the post office relevant to the public life while expanding the range of the agency service provision
  • Acting in compliance with the approved philatelic policy
  • Raising Sri Lanka’s identity and dignity to the international level by designing commemorative stamps and associated products
  • Promoting the Postal Service of Sri Lanka as a member country of the Unified Postal Union, respecting its regulations and broadening international postal services to the international standard.
  • Controlling, administering and monitoring mosques, Islamic religious institutions and charities and their assets
  • Nurturing and promoting of Islamic religious¬† education and aspects of Islamic culture
  • Ensuring the state intervention to establish a more reasonable system enabling every Islam devotee to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage at least once
  • Promoting Islamic religious, cultural and community development activities targeting the Milad-un-Nabi festival
  • Providing facilities and logistics support for the successful conducting of Ramazan festival

Functions

  • Formulating and implementing policies relevant to the Department of Muslim and Religious Affairs and Department of Posts
  • Guiding and monitoring all departments and institutions under the purview of this Ministry
  • Conducting relevant audit activities in the postal sector and Muslim religious activities
  • Maintaining existing relationships with international organizations connected with Muslim religious affairs and postal activities and developing them further
  • Implementing, directing and monitoring management and all operational activities of departments complying with advancements in the field of information technology
  • Maintaining postal services complying with international standards
  • Expanding speed post and parcel service together with all financial services through post office network
  • Taking measures for providing efficient, productive and quality postal services to people through public and private partnership.
  • Promoting local and foreign financial circulating services while coordinating with local and foreign financial institutions.
  • Directing and monitoring the Department of Posts as the state coordinator, proudly representing the country in the Unified Postal Union and in the Asia-Pacific Postal Union
  • Initiating services relating to money transactions, insurance services and banking and other financial services through the post and sub post office network and supervising the upgrading of existing services
  • Designing, printing, issuing ands selling postal stamps and revenue stamps to be compatible with local requirements while complying with the philatelic policy with local requirements and maintaining and monitoring stock controlling at optimal level
  • Directing and supervising the designing, printing, issuing and selling of commemorative stamps and associated products so as to guarantee the quality
  • Implementing Wakf Act and monitoring the activities of the Wakf Board
  • Apportioning funds allocated from the consolidated fund for development activities of the Department of Muslim Religious and Cultural Affairs and the Milad-un-Nabi festival among Muslim religious institutions and administering and monitoring of same.
  • Administering and supervising the distribution of stocks of dates donated by Muslim countries for the month of Ramazan at the district level covering all Muslim families
  • Coordinating all relevant activities connected with Hajj pilgrimage with the Saudi government and the proper allocation of Hajj quotas to organizations arranging Hajj pilgrimage and supervision of same