The Public Service can be defined as the service rendered to the general public of a country by officers appointed on paid salaries from the government funds with a view to implementing the policy decisions of its government. The work force discharging various services in the public service spreads out in a very wider range from the Labourer to the Secretary of the Ministry. Many a number of posts and ranks of public officers can be identified in this wide range. Separate specific duties have been introduced for these respective designations. The responsibility of a public officer is to duly discharge those duties assigned to him.
All public officers discharge their duties for the people. Likewise, the general public has a right to get the services they require duly delivered from the officers who draw their salaries from public funds. Therefore, all public officers hold their appointments in public service on public trust.
“The service rendered by the public officers to the people should properly be provided” means that the quality, productivity and efficiency of the service they discharge should be in an appropriate level so that it meets the needs of the people. Hence, the importance of selecting and appointing the most suitable person to the public service who can provide the service at such appropriate level is clearly evident.
Article 55 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has vested the basic responsibility of appointment, promotion, transfer, disciplinary control and dismissal of public officers to the Public Service Commission established under Article 54 of the Constitution. All public officers other than the officers appointed by the President and Cabinet of Ministers, officers appointed by the National Audit Commission and National Police Commission and officers of three armed forces are accordingly under the purview of the Public Service Commission. The officers belonging to the education sector of the Provincial Public Service established by the 13th amendment to the Constitution can also avail the service of this Commission. Accordingly, the number of clients of this Commission amounts to around one million approximately. With the provision of an efficient service in mind, the powers of this Commission have been delegated to two Committees covering Education and Health and to the officers such as Ministry Secretaries and Heads of Departments in pursuance of Articles 56 and 57 of the Constitution.
A host of measures necessary to make the services directly discharged by this Commission more efficient are in operation and I am pleased to state that there are arrangements in place to get the certain services done through the website of this Commission. Moreover, I wish to reiterate that all Members of the Public Service Commission including myself, Members of the Committees and the entire staff comprising the Secretary of the Commission are committed to render the services provided by this Commission to their best of ability.
Our sole objective is to provide an excellent public service for the good of the people.