About NPC

Welcome to Northern Provincial Council

Northern Provincial Council is the provincial council for the Northern Province in Sri Lanka. In accordance with the Sri Lankan constitution, NPC has legislative power over a variety of matters including agriculture, education, health, housing, local government, planning, road transport and social services.

Our vision

Excellent system of Governance, which satisfies the needs and aspirations of the people in the province.


Our Mission

Mobilization and optimum utilization of resources towards efficient & effective service delivery for improved living standard of the people.

Brief History of NPC

Provincial Councils were set up in Sri Lanka for the first time in terms of 13th Amendment to the Constitution and the Provincial Councils Act. No. 42 of 1987.  

Elections were held to all the eight Provincial Councils for the first time in 1988. The elected North East Provincial Council (NEPC) was constituted on 5th December 1988. It had only a brief existence as it was dissolved in June 1990. As election to the North East Provincial Council has not been held thereafter it continued to be administered under the direction of the Hon. Governor of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.  

After a period of about twenty years, in view of the judgment of the Supreme Court of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on 16th

October 2006, the North East Provincial administration has been de-merged into two viz: Northern Provincial administration and Eastern Provincial administration.  

His Excellency the President has appointed Rear Admiral Mohan Wijewickrama USP, NDC, PSC as the Acting Governor for the Northern Province with effect from 22.12.2006. The Chief Secretary, Ministries and Departments for NPC started functioning from 01.01.2007. 

Identities of Northern Provincial Council

The Flag

  • Blue border indicates ocean resource
  • Green indicates the greenery and agriculture in the Province
  • Red indicates labour and industriousness
  • White indicates fraternity, peace and co-existence
  • Radiating sun indicates synergy of power and natural energy source
  • Size of the flag – 126 X 72 cm

The Emblem

  • Top of the logo carries the word “Equality”.
  • Palmyrah tree indicates the traditional source of livelihood and the tree traditionally provided the means to food, shelter and economic activities of the Northern community. It also represents the strength. [More..]

The Flower

White Lotus [Nymphaea lotus]

White Lotus is a flower which symbolizes beauty and purity it emerges from mud. This is associated with learning, the most valued treasure of the people. This flower plays a role in molding the culture and quality of the community and individual persons, going deep into the individual self as per the tradition of the North.

The tree

Maruthamaram [Terminalia arjuna]

Incessant foliage, long life, elegant in appearance, high visibility in the North.

The bird

Seven Sisters [Turdoides striata]

A native bird, friend of the cultivator, a bridge between nature and man and lives in unity.

The Animal

Male deer[Axis axis]

It is a common specie in the North, innocent, friendly, harmless and beautiful which are the core qualities of the Northern community.