School Principal from Mathugama

    Crowned Winner of Integrity Icon 2019



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 Gunawardena

Chairman Marga Institute - Former, Additional Secretary to the Min of PA, Director of the SLIDA and Chairman of the Finance Commission


Freelance Journalist, Media Trainer, Lecturer

Sundara Nihathamani de Mel

Senior Journalist, Former Editor-in-Chief of Silumina and Lakbima News Papers

Maithreyi Rajasingam

Social Activist & Executive Director of Viluthu

Lalith Ambanwala

National 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


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.integrityicon.lk]
  • Email [icon@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 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.




Transparency International Sri Lanka,

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Colombo 05,

Sri Lanka

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




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