Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, born on 29th
May 1950, graduated from the then University of Ceylon as a Dental Surgeon in
1974. He was a Student Leader and was the General Secretary of the
Inter-University Students Federation from 1971 to 1973. He represented the
then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in the Sri Lanka Delegation to the Asian
Youth Conference 1973 held in Japan.
Dr. Senaratne held the position
of the Hon. Secretary of the Government Dental Surgeons' Association for 14
years continuously from 1975 to 1989 and was a popular trade union activist. He
was awarded the Fellowship of the International College of Continuing Dental
Education (F.I.C.C.D.E.) in 1992.
Dr. Senaratne represented Sri
Lanka at the Asian Inter-Parliamentarians Conference on HIV/ AIDS, Goa in India
since its inception in 2008. He has also represented Sri Lanka at the
International Medical Parliamentarians' Conference, held in Bangkok in the
years of 1995 and 1997.
As a Member of Parliament
continuously for 16 years from 1994 to date, he has held many portfolios:
the Minister of Lands (2001-2004); the Minister of Construction and Engineering
Services (2007 to 2010) and the Minister of Fisheries & Aquatic
Resources Development from April, 2010 to date. As a Member of Parliament, he
has represented both the Government and the Opposition. Dr. Senaratne's oratory
skills are well known.
As the Minister of Construction
and Engineering Services (2007 to 2010) he was instrumental in the formulation
of the "National Construction Policy". Dr. Senaratne also initiated
the project on desalination of sea sand for construction under the Hungarian
Tied Aid program. During his tenure, Sri Lanka entered the overseas
construction projects. He was also the architect of the "One Hundred
Thousand Housing Project".
As the Minister of Lands, Dr.
Senaratne was responsible in formulating "The National policy for Land in
Sri Lanka" and the introduction of an efficient, transparent land
registration and titling system. The Land Data bank he established facilitated
the issue of 1.3 million ownership deeds to those occupying state land.
Dr. Senaratne assumed duties as
the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development in April 2010. Soon
after assuming office he embarked on a programme to increase national fish
production from 380,000 Mt to nearly 600,000 Mt by 2013, laying much emphasis
on developing the fishing industry in the North and East where the industry has
been severely affected due to terrorism for over 30 years.
development has become one of the key areas in the National Fisheries
Development Plan and included the construction of 11 fishery harbours in the
North and the East and upgrading of many harbours in other parts of the island.
Dr. Senaratne strongly believes
in sustainable utilization and management of our resources. This is exemplified
by his strong initiatives to eradicate Illegal, Unreported and Unregistered
(IUU) fishing through both national and international initiatives. One such
move is the planned introduction of Vessel Monitoring System to all multiday
boats in Sir Lanka. This will also strengthen safety at sea and fisheries
At international level he has strengthened country's rapport with the regional
fisheries management organization, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC). In fact
credit goes to Dr Senaratne for hosting the most successful and best attended
IOTC sessions in Sri Lanka from 17th to 25th March 2011 with the participation of
25 countries. His dynamic, development oriented programmes have caught the
attention of many countries and international organizations. His thought
provoking key note address to the 11th INFOFISH world Tuna Trade Conference in
Bangkok in September 2010 was given wide publicity in the world media.
Dr. Senaratne is married to Dr.
Mrs. Sujatha Senaratne, who herself is a Dental Surgeon and the former
Deputy Director General, National Hospital, Colombo, and the
Additional Secretary Public Health, Ministry of Health, Colombo. They are
blessed with two sons, the elder a medical Student and the other is
an Aerospace Engineering student
at University of Kent, UK.
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