Mr. Chandrarathne Pallegama appointed as the new Chairman of the CEA on 26th of March 2018 under the guidance of H/E the President Maithripala Sirisena. He is an adept an eminent administrator in Sri Lanka Administrative Service (SLAS).
With the blessing of pirith chanting Mr. Pallegama assigned his duties at the CEA. By addressing the gathering at the moment he said that according to the National Environmental Act will give the fullest cooperation to protect the mother nation and he requested the support from all the staff. He further expressed and said that while solving the institutional and employees’ problems will strengthen the environmental conservation and regulation services.
For this moment family members, Mr. R A R R Rupasinghe, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mahaveli Development and Environment, Mr. Hemantha Jayasinghe, Director General CEA with senior officials, senior officials from Department of Prisons and Department of Civil Security and other officials were participated to bestow their heartiest wishes to him.
He is a past apprentice of the Girithalegama Maha Vidyalaya, a learning institution from his village. With excellent scholarship results, he gained entry to Royal College, Polonnaruwa. He obtained his Bachelors special degree in Business Administration at the University of Sri Jayawardenapura. He functioned on his Post Graduate Diploma in Management at Rajarata . Later on, he majored in Sociology and in 2013, he accomplished his outstanding Masters from the University of Kelaniya.
He attained his first appointment as an Assistant Divisional Secretary to Kekirawa Divisional Secretariat in 1995. Thereafter, he joined the Department of Elections as an Assistant Election Commissioner serving Anuradhapura, Kalutara and Colombo districts splendidly for over twelve years .
He has served his service for four years as a Divisional Secretary in Maharagama and Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte divisions. He was commissioned as an Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management after being one of the ultimate administrators of his batch. He was designated as a Commissioner of the Department of Prisons for his prospective administrative dexterity in July 2012, where he was delegated to the Commissioner General later on. In September 2012, he was designated as the Director General of Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA).
In December 2012, Mr. Pallegama was handpicked by the Secretary to H.E the President to bestow the position of the Secretary of National Education Commission. After three months of duty as the Secretary of National Education Commission, Mr. Pallegama was elevated as the 14th Commissioner General of Prisons in Sri Lanka.
In addition, he is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers and a Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Sri Lanka. While being the Divisional Secretary of Maharagama, he won the third place in All Island Management Competition organized by the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs. He was in the foremost place at the District level and procured the third place at the Provincial level in Agricultural Competition led by Western Provincial Council making, Maharagama Divisional Secretariat, one of the best Divisional Secretariats in the island.
He was a dynamic affiliate of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service Association (SLAS) since the inauguration of his journey and was designated as the General Secretary of SLAS for three consecutive years, as well as the Deputy President of SLAS. In the year 2015, he was appointed as the President of SLAS unanimously by the executive board. Moreover, Mr. Pallegama was on the Board of Directors of National Food Promotion Board (Sri Lanka Freedom from Hunger Campaign Board) and also a Justice of Peace to all island. Mr. Pallegama counts over 28 years of unblemished and steadfast service. He is also an illustrious product of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service.