Douglas Devananda

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Kathiravelu Nythiananda Devananda, commonly known as Douglas Devananda, born in 1957, is a Sri Lankan politician. Elected from Jaffna district, he was a member of the Sri Lankan Parliament since 1994. He is the second of the five children (four sons and a daughter) of Subramaniam Kathiravelu, an employee of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, and Maheswary, a teacher at Jaffna Central College. He was educated at Jaffna Central College, Jaffna and Colombo Hindu Colleges. Devananda comes from a family with a background in politics. His father was an active member of the Sri Lanka Communist Party and his uncle was a leading trade unionist.[1][2][3]

Devananda is the leader of the Eelam People's Democratic Party (EPDP). EPDP declared support to Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), the new political party that spun off from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), currently led by Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa in the lead up to the Sri Lankan parliamentary election 2020.[4][2][3]

Image 1: Minister Douglas Devananda.[1]

Political/Government Positions Held

  • October 2000 to September 2001- Minister of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the North.[5][3]
  • September 2001 to December 2001 - Minister of Development, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of the North and North East Tamil Affairs.[6][3]
  • April 2004 to November 2005 - Minister of Agriculture, Marketing Development, Hindu Education Affairs, Tamil Language and Vocational Training Centres in North[7][3]
  • November 2005 to April 2010 - Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare[8][3]
  • April 2010 to January 2015 - Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprises Development[9][3]
  • November 2018 to December 2018 - Minister of Resettlement, Rehabilitation, Northern Development and Hindu Religious Affairs[10][3]
  • November 2019 to August 2020 - Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development[11][3]
  • August 2020 to Present – Cabinet Minister of Fisheries[12][13]

Tobacco Related Activities

Ministry of Agriculture partnering with a Ceylon Tobacco Programme

Ceylon Tobacco Company PLC (CTC) and the Ministry of Agriculture jointly conducted a series of programmes to share best practices in agriculture for local non-tobacco growing farmers in 2003, reportedly at the request of the then Minister of Agriculture S.B. Dissanayake. CTC is the British American Tobacco (BAT) subsidiary with the monopoly of cigarette manufacturing and trade in Sri Lanka. CTC engages farmers to grow the tobacco needed for their cultivation and to sustain tobacco growing in Sri Lanka. Please refer to the pages Ministry of Agriculture: Ministers and Officials, Tobacco Industry Country Profile – Sri Lanka and Attempts of Ceylon Tobacco to Sustain Tobacco Cultivation in Sri Lanka for more details.

In 2004, during Devananda’s period as the Cabinet Minister of Agriculture, CTC launched another series of “Agro Best Practices Sharing Programmes” for local farmers. According to “Daily News”, the state-owned national newspaper, first of three such programmes was conducted in Wellawaya (for local farmers). According to “The Island” newspaper, the other two were planned to be held in Badulla and Polonnaruwa (for local non tobacco growing farmers).[14][15]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Parliament of Sri Lanka. Directory of Past Members, Undated, accessed June 2020
  2. 2.0 2.1 Douglas Devananda. Douglas Devananda, Facebook, Undated, accessed June 2020
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 EPDPNEWS.COM. Profile of Douglas Devananda – Leader of the EPDP, December 2019, accessed June 2020
  4. Lahiru Fernando. EPDP to support SLPP, Daily news, 24 February 2020, accessed June 2020
  5. Website. New cabinet sworn in today, 19 October 2000, accessed June 2020
  6. Daily news. New Cabinet, 15 September 2001, accessed June 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 June 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 June 2020
  9. 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 June 2020
  10. Daily news. Minister Devananda ‘ready to provide guidance’, 01 November 2018, accessed June 2020
  11. Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources. Ministry, 2020, accessed June 2020
  12. Economy Next. Sri Lanka President appoints cabinet ministers, state ministers, 12 August 2020, accessed September 2020
  13. Zulfick Farzan. New Cabinet Ministers Sworn-in; (Complete List), News 1st, 12 August 2020, accessed September 2020
  14. Daily News. CTC launches second series of agro best practices sharing programs, 12 November 2004, accessed April 2020
  15. The Island. Farmers to benefit from CTC’s programs on ‘Agro Best Practices’, 10 November 2004, accessed April 2020