Hemakumara Nanayakkara

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Hemakumara Nanayakkara, born in 1953, is an Agriculturist and a Politician in Sri Lanka. He has represented United National Party (UNP) and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), and has also formed a political party called Mawbima Janatha Party.[1]

He had his formal education at Richmond College, Galle. He was awarded a Doctorate in Organic Agriculture by the Post Graduate Institute of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya. He is the younger brother of Vasudeva Nanayakkara, a left-wing political leader and a Member of the Parliament in Sri Lanka.[2]

Political/Government Positions held

  • Member of Parliament (1989-1994 and 2000-2010)[1]
  • State Minister of Agriculture (2007-2010).[3]
  • Governor - Southern Province (2015- 2018 April)[4]
  • Governor - Western Province (2018 April- 2019 January)[5][6]

Tobacco Related Activities

When he was the minister of agriculture, Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) sponsored the “Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu” (Let us farm and develop the country) programme of the Ministry of Agriculture. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC), the British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary in Sri Lanka, is engaged in tobacco cultivation and cigarette manufacturing and owns the local market monopoly of cigarette sales.[7][8] The sponsorship was publicised as a “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” activity of Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC).

Later his involvement with the Ceylon Tobacco “CSR projects” was criticised by a fellow Member of the Parliament Buddhika Pathirana, in a press conference.[9]

Image 2: A banner displayed at the Dikpitiya paddy field Baddegama South by the Mavbima Svayan Poshana Padanama. The banner says that the shown paddy field is cultivated using “new technology” under the sponsorship of CTC, and the project is implemented under the leadership of the Agriculture Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara to encourage the government’s agriculture development programme titled “Api Vavamu Rata Nagamu”

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Parliament of Sri Lanka. Hon. Hemakumara Nanayakkara, M.P., Accessed January 2019
  2. Richmond College Galle Old Boys Association Facebook page. Doctorate for former Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara, Facebook, 30 July 2011, Accessed January 2019
  3. Asian Tribune. Sri Lanka: 33 Non-Cabinet Ministers and 19 Deputy Ministers sworn in: MOU between ruling SLFP and opposition UNP comes to end, 28 January 2007, Accessed January 2019
  4. ColomboPage. Three new provincial governors appointed in Sri Lanka, 23 January 2015, Accessed January 2019
  5. Times Online. New Governors take oaths before President Sirisena, 12 April 2018, Accessed January 2019
  6. Colombo Gazette. Five new governors appointed including Azath Salley, 4 January 2019, accessed April 2019
  7. Ceylon Tobacco Company. Annual Report 2009, 31 March 2009, Accessed January 2019
  8. Ceylon Tobacco Company. Annual Report 2010, Accessed January 2019
  9. M. Mudugamuwa. Invisible hand blocking pictorial warnings – Cancer Care Association Tobacco kills 55 persons daily The Island, 8 May 2014, Accessed January 2019