M. Srikantha

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M. Srikantha
31st Government Agent for the Northern Province
In office
Preceded by P. J. Hudson
1st Government Agent for Jaffna District
In office
Succeeded by Colonel Richard Udugama
Personal details
Born (1913-09-17)17 September 1913
Died 4 February 1982(1982-02-04) (aged 68)
Alma mater Jaffna Hindu College
Profession Civil servant
Ethnicity Ceylon Tamil

Mylvakanam Srikantha (17 September 1913 – 4 February 1982) was a leading Ceylon Tamil civil servant.

Early life and family[edit]

Srikantha was born on 17 September 1913.[1] He was the son of Mylvakanam, a school master from Alaveddy in northern Ceylon.[1] He was educated at Jaffna Hindu College.[2]

Srikantha married Maheswari, daughter of Kasturiar K. Muttucumaru.[1] They had two sons (Yogalingam and Janakan) and a daughter (Malini).[1]


Srikantha joined the Ceylon Civil Service in 1937.[1] He held several positions and served in a number of places. He was Assistant Government Agent in Puttalam (1948); Government Agent of Northern Province (1954); and Government Agent of Jaffna District (1955-61).[1][3]

Srikantha was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1953 New Year Honours.[4] He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1955 Birthday Honours.[1][5]

Srikantha was then Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and the Ministry of Irrigation and Power.[1][6][7] He retired in 1969.[1]


Srikantha died on 4 February 1982.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Arumugam, S. (1997). Dictionary of Biography of the Tamils of Ceylon. p. 210. 
  2. ^ "Jaffna Hindu College OBA to honour distinguished Old Boys on Sunday". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 13 September 2003. 
  3. ^ "Overview". Puttalam District Secretariat. 
  4. ^ "Fifth Supplement". The London Gazette (39736): 48. 30 December 1952. 
  5. ^ "Fourth Supplement". The London Gazette (40500): 3306. 3 June 1955. 
  6. ^ De Silva, Leelananda (24 January 2010). "The Ministry of Lands in the late 1960s". The Island (Sri Lanka). 
  7. ^ "Saviour of Sinharaja". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 June 2011.