Piyasena Gamage

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Background

Ihala Medagama Piyasena Gamage, born in 1949, is a Sri Lankan politician. Elected from Galle district, he was a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament since 1989. He was a member of Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for more than 25 years, which later formed United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA), one of the two prominent political parties in Sri Lanka and the ruling political party alliance from 2010 to 2015. Gamage was the former SLFP leader for the Galle district and a former vice president of SLFP.[1][2]Even though he was not originally elected as a member of parliament from General Election held in 2015, he was sworn in as a Galle district MP in November 2017 following the Supreme Court ruling on disqualification of Geetha Kumarasingha being a Member of the Parliament due to her dual citizenship. [3][4]

Leading up to the Sri Lankan parliamentary election 2020, Gamage declared support to the ‘Samagi Jana Balawegaya’ led by Sajith Premadasa, the new political party that spun off from the United National Party.[5][2]

Image 1: Piyasena Gamage.[2]

Political / Government Positions Held

  • Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament - 1989 to 2015 and 2017 to present[1]
  • Deputy Minister of Constitutional Affairs and Industrial Development - 2000 to 2001[6]
  • Cabinet Minister of Skills Development, Vocational and Technical Education - April 2004 to November 2005[7]
  • Cabinet Minister of Vocational and Technical Training - November 2005 to April 2010[8]
  • Cabinet Minister of Indigenous Medicine - April 2010 to November 2010[9]
  • Senior Minister of National Resources - November 2010 to January 2015[10]
  • State Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development - December 2017 to February 2018[11][12]
  • State Minister of Project Management, Youth Affairs and Southern Development - February 2018 to May 2018[13][14]
  • State Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development – May 2018 to October 2018[14]

Tobacco Related Activities

Participating in a Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) event

In 2005, as a cabinet minister representing Galle district, Piyasena Gamage along with the Minister Dinesh Gunawardena attended a handing over ceremony of over 80 houses in Galagodawatte, Hikkaduwa, a small town on the south coast located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. According to “The Island” newspaper, the housing project was sponsored by the British American Tobacco (BAT) together with the employees of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) as a “Tsunami relief” project for the people affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.[15] CTC, a subsidiary of BAT holds the monopoly of manufacturing and selling cigarettes in Sri Lanka. The CTC Annual Report 2015 (Page 92) mentions “Tsunami housing reconstruction - South” as one of their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects initiated in 2005 (Image 2).[16]

Image 2: Part of the image of the CTC Annual Report 2015 reporting “Tsunami housing reconstruction - South”.[16]

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Parliament of Sri Lanka. Directory of Past Members, 2020, accessed July 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Piyasena Gamage. Piyasena Gamage, Facebook, 2020, accessed July 2020
  3. The Gazette of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. PART I: SECTION (I) — GENERAL Government Notifications, 19 August 2015, accessed July 2020
  4. Daily News. Piyasena Gamage sworn in as Galle district MP, 10 November 2017, accessed July 2020
  5. Manthri.lk. https://web.archive.org/web/20200722154933/http://www.manthri.lk/en/politicians/piyasena-gamage Piyasena Gamage], 2020, accessed July 2020
  6. Priu.gov.lk website. 35 Deputy Ministers, 04 November 2000, accessed July 2020
  7. 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, 10 April 2004, accessed July 2020
  8. 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, 23 November 2005, accessed July 2020
  9. Daily mirror (Online). New Cabinet sworn in, 23 April 2010, accessed July 2020
  10. 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, 22 November 2010, accessed July 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, 15 January 2018, accessed July 2020
  12. 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, 14 March 2018, accessed July 2020
  13. 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, 14 March 2018, accessed July 2020
  14. 14.0 14.1 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, 02 May 2018, accessed July 2020
  15. The Island. CTC housing project- new start for tsunami victims, 06 January 2006, accessed July 2020
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2015, 2016, accessed July 2020