Karunarathna Bandara wins

    Integrity Idol 2018!



Mr. P. Karunarathna Bandara – Divisional Education Director, Thambuttegama Division 

An education administrator with integrity, Mr. Bandara stood up against the highest political authority in his province when he was asked to carry out an activity that violated department regulations. He was subsequently transferred but uncompromising on his principles, Mr. Bandara took the matter to the Supreme Court where the court ruled in his favour. A glimpse at his career as a school principal too reflects his dedication to public service. 

Mr. Upul Indrajith – Assistant Director (Western Province), Department of Wildlife Conservation 

Committed to protecting the fauna of our country, Mr. Indrajith has achieved many accomplishments over his career. From establishing a wildlife office in Mirissa for the protection of marine mammals to standing against racketeering in the trading of elephants, Mr. Indrajith has proved himself a force for good within the department despite the pressures faced as a result of his integrity.

Ms. Inoka Kulathunga – Administrative Officer (Land Registration), Kandy Municipal Council 

A public administrator with a proven track record, Ms. Kulathunga has achieved many awards and accolades for herself and the divisions she has served throughout her career. As an auditor, she has been responsible for strengthening accountability and flagging corruption within the Kandy Municipal Council and the Central Province, at times at detriment to the advancement of her career. However, she remains steadfast in upholding her values. 

Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake – Director (Private Health Development Sector), Ministry of Health 

A professional who is dedicated to his work, Dr. Dissanayake has been an asset to the health sector in the country over his career. While serving at the Maharagama Cancer Hospital, Dr. Dissanayake was responsible for tackling negligent practices in the treatment of patients. In 27 years of service, Dr. Dissanayake has never engaged in a strike action, believing that his primary duty is to his patients. 

Ms. Kamani Asoka De Silva – Senior Nurse, Kandy Teaching Hospital 

Ms. De Silva is no stranger to the values of self-sacrifice, integrity, honesty and hard work. Over her many years of service, Ms. De Silva has distinguished herself with the highlight being the establishment of the Cancer “Suwa Sahana” fund for underprivileged patients. From thinking outside the box to ensure better levels of care for her patients to raising awareness among the public on the impact of cancer, Ms. De Silva is a role model for those in the health sector. 


Integrity Idol 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 Idols. The nomination period will be open from 12th June to 31st July 2018.

After the panel of judges selects the final five Integrity Idols, the stories of the idols, 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. In collaboration with media partner Newsfirst, these stories will amplified and watched nationwide. 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 Idol 2018.


Thusitha Pitigala

Award-winning Investigative Journalist

Maithreyi Rajasingam

Social Activist & Executive Director of Viluthu

Lalith Ambanwala

National Integrity Award Winner & Retired Deputy Auditor General

Amir Ismail

Retired Justice of the Supreme Court & Former Chairman of CIABOC

M.D.A. Harold

Former Chairperson of TISL & Retired Deputy Auditor General



Appointment of the panel of judges


Launch of Integrity Idol Sri lanka

Call for nominations through print, electronic and online media

Sorting of nominations


Verification of information provided


Selection of five integrity idols by the panel of judges


Production and dissemination of integrity idols biography videos


Public voting for winner of integrity idol 2018


Award Ceremony



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,

  • be a citizen of Sri Lanka;
  • be a current employee working full time in any government office, agency, or department with at least 5 years of service to go before retirement;
  • have served in government jobs for at least 5 years at the time of nomination for Integrity Idol;
  • have honestly fulfilled his/her duties and responsibilities as a government official/civil servant with integrity;
  • not have been convicted of a crime or any kind of misuse of power, or indicted by any state body;
  • be open to participating in the campaign and the public voting process, and must abide by the decisions of the panel of judges’ and the outcome of the public voting process;
  • be willing to be filmed, with images broadcast on local, national and international media.

A nomination should illustrate the fulfilment of the following criteria:

  • Significance of the impact of the initiatives undertaken.
  • The extent of impact this effort/activity may have had beyond the personal sphere of influence extending to the,
  • Organization
  • Local community
  • National level
  • International arena
  • Extent to which formidable challenges that appear strong and difficult for a person holding such position were overcome.
  • Degree of economic, personal, physical, social, professional, or organizational sacrifices made to achieve a positive impact.
  • Ability to use the initiative as a benchmark in public service.
  • Extent to which the opportunity provided by the position he/she holds is used as leverage to engage in the initiatives undertaken.
  • It has to be clear that the nominee is being nominated for integrity and not simply for carrying out their duties competently.


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Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies as a Public Official?

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.

What is Integrity?

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.

How do I nominate?

Anyone can nominate a candidate or themselves. The nomination form will be made available and collected through the following channels:

  • Website [www.integrrityidol.lk]
  • Email [idol@tisrilanka.org]
  • Hand-written and printed forms can be sent by post or delivered to the TISL office at 5/1, Elibank Road, Colombo 05.

If you require further information, contact our hotline –  0711 295 295/ 076 117 33 44

How do I vote?

Voting opens in conjunction with the broadcasting of the biographical videos of the five Integrity Idols. 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.




Transparency International Sri Lanka,

5/1, Elibank Road,

Colombo 05,

Sri Lanka

Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM [Monday to Friday]




0711 295 295   -or –   076 117 33 44


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