Weeraketiya Police Station

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Background

National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol (NATA) Act is the main regulatory framework to control tobacco and alcohol in Sri Lanka. Police officers are one of the four field level officers responsible for its enactment (others: Public Health Inspector (PHI), Excise Officer and Food and Drug Inspector).

Tobacco Industry Donation to Construct a Police Station

Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) annual reports reported donations to construct an “A” grade Police station at Weeraketiya in July 2014. Weeraketiya, a semi-urban area in Hambantota District in the Southern Province Sri Lanka, is the birth place of Mahinda Rajapaksha, the President of Sri Lanka from 2005 to 2015.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Image 1: CTC Annual report for the year 2014 reporting the construction of an A-grade police station at Weeraketiya[4]

According to the CTC annual Report 2013, this construction was done at the request of Ministry of Defence and was the third such police station constructed with CTC funds. Mankulam and Kilinochchi police stations being the first and the second, are in the Northern part of the country. Thus, Weeraketiya police station is the first (and the only as of December 2018) police station to be rebuilt in the Southern Sri Lanka with CTC funds.[6] For more details visit the page Reopening of Kilinochchi and Mankulam Police Stations According to the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) annual report 2014, the Urban Development Authority supervised the construction work with the support of the Sri Lankan Army[5].

CTC Investment

According to a newspaper report on 2014 July, part of the donation was handed over to the Secretary of Defence and Urban Development, Gotabaya Rajapaksa by the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Managing Director and Chief Executive Felicio Ferraz at a function held at the Ministry of Defence premises[1].

Impact

The donation received positive media coverage at national level. News Paper Daily FT and the Ministry of Defence website reported the financial donation by the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) with the images (Image 2) of the then Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Managing Director and Chief Executive Felicio Ferraz and the Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) Legal and External Affairs Director Dinesh Dharmadasa[1][7][[
Image 2: CTC Managing Director and Chief Executive Felicio Ferraz handing over the donation to the then Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at the Ministry of Defense in July 2014.[7]

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Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Daily FT. CTC assistance for new police station in Weeraketiya, 14 July 2014, accessed October 2018
  2. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. CTC Annual Report 2017 2018, accessed October 2018
  3. Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2016, 2017, accessed May 2017
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2015, 2016, accessed May 2017
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2014, 2015, accessed May 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC. Annual Report 2013, 2014, accessed May 2017
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka Website. CTC assists for the new police station in Weeraketiya accessed on 04 October 2018