The Finance Ministry has appointed its Additional Secretary H.G. Sumanasinghe as the Acting Director General of the Customs Department.
The Cabinet of ministers earlier last week had approved Rear Admiral Shemal Fernando to head Sri Lanka Customs as the new Director General.
However, trade unions voiced their concerns with regard to the appointment of a former naval officer as the new DG, and after successful talks with customs trade unions, the Finance Ministry has appointed H. G. Sumanasinghe instead, it is learnt.
Sources from the Treasury said that the decision to remove the former Customs DG, P.S.M. Charles, was due to the continuous drop of revenue from the Customs department as well as its inability to curb the ingress of narcotics to Sri Lanka.