Duminda Dissanayake

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Duminda Dissanayake, born in 1979, is a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament since 2000 elected from Anuradhapura district being the youngest member to be elected to parliament.[1] He was educated at Hatharaswela Government School, Walisinghe Harischandra Vidyalaya and Central College Anuradhapura and Royal College, Colombo. He was a student of Sri Lanka Law College, Colombo.[2]

His father was the late Berty Premalal Dissanayake, the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, a former Member of Parliament in the Anuradhapura District and a former Minister of Social Services.[3]Duminda Dissanayake is married to Senani Lanka Jayarathne, daughter of late D. M. Jayaratne, a former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, who served as PM from 2010 to 2015.[2][4]

He represents the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), one of the two prominent political parties in Sri Lanka. SLFP was the main party of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), which was in power from 2010 to 2015.[1]

Image 1: Minister Duminda Dissanayake.[1]

Political / Government Position Held

  • 2000- the youngest MP, Anuradhapura District with the highest votes[1]
  • 2001- present- Member of Parliament, Anuradhapura District[1]
  • 2004-2005- Deputy Minister of Skills Development Vocational and Technical Education[1]
  • 2005 - Vice President of SLFP Youth Organisation[1]
  • 2005 - Member of the Central Committee of SLFP[1]
  • 2006 - 2007 Deputy Minister of Ports and Aviation[5]
  • 2007 - April 2010 - Non- Cabinet Minister of Petroleum Resources[6]
  • April 2010 - November 2010 - Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunication[7]
  • November 2010 - January 2013 - Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development[8]
  • January 2013 – November 2014 - Minister of the Educational Services[9]
  • August 2015 - June 2018 - General Secretary of SLFP[10]
  • January 2015 - May 2018 - Minister of Agriculture[11][12]
  • May 2018 – December 2018 - Minister of Irrigation, Water Resources and Disaster Management[13] [12]
  • November 2019 to August 2020 - State Minister of Youth Affairs[14][2]
  • 5 August 2020 to present – State Minister of Solar, Wind and Grid Power Generation Projects Development[15]

Tobacco Related Activities

Participating in a Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) event

In 2016, as the Minister of agriculture, Duminda Dissanayake attended to a Sustainable Agriculture Development Programme (SADP) event in Anuradhapura. SADP, is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) project by Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), the British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary with the monopoly of cigarette manufacturing and trade in Sri Lanka. Even though he participated in the event, he spoke positively about the proposed ban on tobacco cultivation at the event and requested the farmers to divert to alternative crops.[16]However, the proposed tobacco cultivation ban was not implemented by the end of his term as the Minister of Agriculture three years later (2019) or as of July 2020.

Image 2: Newspaper article reporting Minister Duminda Dissanayake’s participation to the SADP event by CTC.[16]

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  3. Duminda Dissanayake. Minister Duminda, Facebook, undated, accessed June 2020
  4. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Prime Ministers, 2020, accessed June 2020
  5. The Island. Development of Beira Lake, Galle Face Green begins, 30 May 2006, accessed June 2020
  6. List of Ministries and the Relavant Ministers with effect from January 28, 2007, February 2007, accessed June 2020
  7. Manjula Fernando. Major changes in downsized cabinet, Sunday Observer, 25 April 2010, accessed June 2020
  8. NEW CABINET & DEPUTY MINISTERS, 23 November 2010, accessed June 2020
  9. Sunday Times. Rs 76b for Education, Higher Education and Education Services in Appropriation Bill 2014, 27 October 2013, accessed June 2020
  10. Newsfirst. SLFP and UPFA representatives hold discussions with Elections Commissioner, 18 August 2015, accessed June 2020
  11. The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka PART I : SECTION (I) — GENERAL Appointments & c., by the President, 18 January 2015, accessed June 2020
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dailymirror. Duminda Irrigation Minister, Amaraweera Minister of Agriculture, 01 May 2018, accessed January 2019
  13. Daily news. Two cabinet ministers, five state ministers appointed, 2 November 2018, accessed January 2019
  14. Presidential Secretariat. New State and Deputy Ministers sworn-in, 2019, accessed June 2020
  15. Economy Next. Sri Lanka President appoints cabinet ministers, state ministers, 12 August 2020, accessed September 2020
  16. 16.0 16.1 Thisara Kamal. දුම්කොළ වගාව ඉදිරියේදී නවතා දැමීමට කටයුතු කරනවා, Ada, 03 February 2016, accessed January 2019