School Principal from Mathugama Crowned Winner of Integrity Icon 2019
Ms. P.A.C. Priyadarshani, the Principal of St. Mary’s College, Mathugama, was crowned the winner of Integrity Icon 2019 last evening (9), having polled the most votes in the Public SMS poll, which garnered over 20,000 votes. The Integrity Icon 2019 finalé also felicitated the four other icons, Mr. A.M.A.S. Amarasinghe, Assistant Superintendent at the Sri Lanka Customs Central Investigation Bureau, Mr. B.K.P. Chandrakeerthi, Director General of the Coast Conservation Department, Mr. K. Kunanathan, Divisional Secretary for Verugal in Trincomalee and the Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy.
Ms. P.A.C. Priyadarshani [WINNER]– Corruption in Grade 1 enrolments at public schools is a major issue faced by the general public annually. The Principal of St. Mary’s College, Mathugama, Ms. Priyadarshani developed a unique scoring system to mitigate and prevent such corruption. Her merit-based enrolment system has won her praise and applause from all quarters in her community but she has also met the ire of political authorities with courage. Her efficient use of limited resources to develop facilities at St. Mary’s College including the introduction of E-boards and sports facilities has earned her many commendations.
Mr. A.M.A.S. Amarasinghe – As an Assistant Superintendent of Customs at the Sri Lanka Customs Central Investigation Bureau, Mr. Amarasinghe has played a lead role in many successful raids and prosecutions carried out by the bureau. Mr. Amarasinghe identifies the Customs department as a key revenue earner for the state and is committed to the belief that these revenues should be utilised to improve public services.
Mr. B.K.P. Chandrakeerthi – As the Director General of the Coast Conservation Department, Mr. Chandrakeerthi took the lead in implementing the Department’s online approvals system. Having identified one-on-one interactions between clients and department personnel as providing opportunities for corruption, Mr. Chandrakeerthi deployed an online approvals system to minimise such interactions and automate the approvals process. Throughout his career in public service Mr. Chandrakeerthi has displayed a demonstrable commitment to honesty and integrity.
Mr. K. Kunanathan – As Divisional Secretary for the Verugal Division in the Trincomalee District, Mr. Kunanathan’s strong anti-corruption stance has led to improved public service delivery at the Secretariat. Embracing the potential of digital technology to combat corruption, Mr. Kunanathan introduced an online applications and approvals process for various services offered by the Secretariat. In addition to this, Mr. Kunanathan has also been swift to initiate action on officials accused of corruption. Mr. Kunanathan has also taken on the responsibility of implementing many social welfare and community development projects in the Verugal area.
Dr. T. Sathiyamoorthy – The health sector is constantly plagued with accusations of corruption and malpractice. In such an environment, the Director of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, Dr. Sathiyamoorthy stands apart as a medical administrator who tirelessly strives to ensure the welfare of his patients. Dr. Sathiyamoorthy identifies dereliction of duty in the health sector as a major corruption issue and has strived towards combating this by instituting several measures including prohibiting private consultancy by doctors whilst on duty at the hospital. His actions have earned the Jaffna Teaching Hospital a reputation amongst patients as being an exceptional health service provider.
Integrity Icon is a global campaign run by citizens in search of honest government officials. It aims to champion integrity by “naming and faming” bureaucrats as positive role models. In doing so it hopes to inspire the next generation of responsible leaders.
Through a nationwide media campaign, citizens are invited to nominate public officials that have demonstrated integrity in their personal and professional conduct. The nominees will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of independent judges, who narrow down the nominees to a final shortlist of five Integrity Icons. The nomination period will be open from 12th June to 31st July 2018.
After the panel of judges selects the final five Integrity Icons, the stories of the icons, including their background, their work, the obstacles they have had to overcome, the impact of their conduct and their aspirations are then filmed and broadcast on electronic and social media. Citizens can then vote for their favourite through SMS short-codes and the finalist with the most votes will be recognised as the winner of Integrity Icon 2019.
Asoka GunawardenaChairman Marga Institute - Former, Additional Secretary to the Min of PA, Director of the SLIDA and Chairman of the Finance Commission
M.S.ThevagowryFreelance Journalist, Media Trainer, Lecturer
Sundara Nihathamani de MelSenior Journalist, Former Editor-in-Chief of Silumina and Lakbima News Papers
Maithreyi RajasingamSocial Activist & Executive Director of Viluthu
Lalith AmbanwalaNational Integrity Award Winner & Former Additional Auditor General
Appointment of the panel of judges
Launch of Integrity Icon Sri lanka
Call for nominations through print, electronic and online media
Sorting of nominations
Verification of information provided
Selection of five integrity icons by the panel of judges
Production and dissemination of integrity icons biography videos
Public voting for winner of integrity icon 2019
Public servants who have displayed integrity in their engagement with the public and those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the integrity of their service are eligible to be nominated as an Integrity Idol. Their conduct should be exemplary and admirable, inspiring others too to take such action. Preference is given to local level officials. Retired officials or those working on a contractual basis are not eligible.
An applicant should,
A nomination should illustrate the fulfilment of the following criteria:
Public officers include but are not limited to, permanent employees of the state from any authority, agency, department, board, security service or state owned enterprise amongst others.
Though it primarily means incorruptibility, we have given a broader definition to the word, recognizing those who go above and beyond the call of duty in delivering their services, demonstrating exceptional commitment in fulfilling their public duties while being honest and maintaining strong moral principles.
Anyone can nominate a candidate or themselves. The nomination form will be made available and collected through the following channels:
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Voting opens in conjunction with the broadcasting of the biographical videos of the five Integrity Icons. Public voting will take place through a dedicated SMS short-code and necessary steps will be taken to ensure the integrity of the voting process as far as possible in order to minimize the potential for fraud. If any kind of voter fraud is discovered and if one of the nominees is involved, he or she will be expelled from the competition immediately by the panel of judges.
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