Gamini Jayawickrama Perera

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Gamini Jayawickrama Perera is a Sri Lankan politician representing the United National Party (UNP), one of the two major political parties in Sri Lanka. Representing Kurunagala district, he also served as the Chairman of the UNP up to 2013.[1][2][3]

He was born in 1941 and was educated at the Nalanda College, Colombo.[4][5]

Image 1: Gamini Jayawickrama Perera[6]

Political Positions held

  • Minister of Food Security - January 2015 to August 2015[7][8][9]
  • Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife - September 2015 to February 2018[10]
  • Minister of ‘‘Buddha Sasana’’ - August 2017 to October 2018.[11]
  • Minister for Irrigation and Water Management - December 2001 to November 2003[12]

Tobacco related Activities

Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Image Promotion

On 26th November 2008, during the parliamentary discussion on the 15th allocated day for the Appropriation Bill 2009, Gamini Jayawikrama Perera positively spoke about the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) (Image 2). The Appropriation bill, commonly known as the “Budget”, is an opportunity for the Minister of Finance to announce the government's economic policy, its performance in the past year, and new directions it is proposing to take in the coming year.[13]

Gamini Jayawickrama portrayed CTC as a “friend-in-need” for the government. Quoting a CTC’s press release published in a newspaper, he mentioned that it is a major contributor to the government revenue and the country’s economy.[14] Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), the subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT), holds the monopoly of manufacturing and sales of cigarettes in Sri Lanka.

Image 2:The excerpt from Hanzard reporting the positive remarks made by Gamini Jayawickrama Perera about CTC in the parliament in 2008[14]

Tobacco Unmasked Resources

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  1. Daily FT. UNP goes for polls today, 19 December 2011, Accessed July 2020
  2. Ada Derana.Jayawickrama resigns as UNP Chairman07 October 2013, Accessed July 2020
  3. Daily Mirror. WC Appoints Kabir Hashim as new UNP new chairman, 09 January 2014, Accessed July 2020
  4. website. Biographies from present members, 24 March 2010, Accessed June 2020
  5. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, M.P., undated, Accessed June 2020
  6. GaminiJayawikrama Perera Face Book page. Perera, 25 August 2017, Accessed July 2020
  7. Daily Mirror. New Cabinet ministers sworn in, 12 January 2015, Accessed July 2020
  8. The Nation. New Cabinet takes oaths, 12 January 2015, Accessed July 2020
  9. Ceylon Today. 27-member cabinet 10 State ministers 08 Deputy ministers, 13 January 2015, Accessed July 2020
  10. Daily Mirror. New Cabinet, 4 September 2015, Accessed July 2020
  11. The Times of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Justice is Hon. Thalatha Atukorale, 25 August 2017, Accessed July 2020
  12. Daily News. New Ministers,13 December 2001, Accessed July 2020
  13. Parliament of Sri Lanka. Appropriation Bill (The Budget), Undated, Accessed July 2020
  14. 14.0 14.1 Parliament of Sri Lanka. Parliament Debates, Official Report, 26 November 2008, Accessed July 2020