Duminda Dissanayake

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Duminda Dissanayake
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management
In office
12 January 2015 – 22 March 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Nimal Siripala de Silva
Succeeded by Gamini Vijith Vijithamuni Soysa
Minister of Agriculture
In office
22 March 2015 – 01 May 2018
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Preceded by Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Assumed office
14 August 2015
Leader Maithripala Sirisena
Preceded by Anura Priyadarshana Yapa
Minister of Education Services
Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development
Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Anuradhapura District
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1979-03-28) March 28, 1979 (age 39)
Nationality Sri Lankan
Political party Sri Lanka Freedom Party
Other political
United People's Freedom Alliance
(2004 - Present)
People's Alliance
(Before 2004)
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo,
Central College Anuradhapura
Occupation Politician
Website http://www.dumindadissanayake.org/

Duminda Dissanayake (born 28 March 1979), MP is the current Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of Ministry of Irrigation, former Minister Agriculture and deputy minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development and a Member of Parliament from Anuradhapura District.


Born at the Anuradapura General Hospital, the eldest child of the family of four boys. His father was the late Berty Premalal Dissanayake, a farmer, businessmen by profession who was the former Chief Minister of the North Central Province, he was a former Member of Parliament in Anuradhapura District and was the Minister of Social Services. His mother is Jayani Dissanayake, trained teacher of Mathematics by profession who was also a former Chief Minister of North Central Province.

He is married to Senani Lanka Jayarathne, daughter of D. M. Jayaratne, former Prime Minister on 29 September 2006.


Dissanayake was educated at Hatharaswela Government School, Walisinghe Harischandra Vidyalaya, Central College Anuradhapura and at Royal College Colombo. He gaine d a Diploma in Information Technology at Holmesglane TAFE.

Political career[edit]

In 2000 contested the General Election as a candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party in the People's Alliance. He became the youngest person to be elected to parliament at the age of 21 polling the highest majority of votes from Anuradhapura district. He retained his seat in parliament in the General Election the following year in 2001, polling the highest number of votes in Anuradapura even though his party lost the election.

From 2001 to 2004 he served as a backbencher in the opposition. During this time he was very active in the Youth Wing of SLFP and became its Vice President (working president). In the General Election of 2004 he retained his seat in parliament and was appointed Deputy Minister of Skills Development, Vocational Training and Technical Education Ministry a post he held till 2005.

At the start of his first term, President Mahinda Rajapaksa appointed Dissanayake as the Deputy Minister of Port and Aviation in 2007. During this time he sat in the cabinet as the acting minister on several occasions. In 2006 he was appointed as the Non- Cabinet Minister of Petroleum Resources. Furring this time the ministry took started to explore for oil around Sri Lankan sea and decided to excavate the Mannar basin. His attempts to introduce Bio Fuel was however not a success.

In 2010, he contested the General Election and obtained 10, 1384 votes retaining his seat and was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Posts and Telecommunications before being appointed as Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development in the reshuffle that followed. At the moment he is the Hon. Cabinet Minister of Education Services and recorded as the youngest Cabinet Minister of the Cabinet/Parliament of Sri Lanka

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