Our Leaders – Mr. Dudley senanayake
The United National Party is the party that rendered the most service to this country. The following is the enormous service rendered to this country by the people friendly leaders who were committed to such tasks.
Prime Minister – 1952 1953
1960 March to July
1965 to 1970
Party Leader -1952 to 1953
1958 to 1972
Late Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake carried out a massive service towards the agricultural sector in the country and was termed by people as “the father who gave us rice”. This is in gratitude of the steps taken by him to provide people with a certain amount of rice free of charge.
Also the Bathalegoda Paddy research centre, Thalawakele Tea research centre, Lunuwila Coconut research centre and several other centre’s were established for the upliftment of the Agricultural sector.
In addition to this the Moratuwa University, Ampara Higher Technology Institution and many more Technical colleges were opened around the island during his tenure to equip the youth with the latest knowledge.
It was during the Dudley era that the English language was made a compulsory subject from Grade 3 onwards. Religious tasks such as the commencement of the Bhikku University and the declaration of the Poya day as a government holiday were also done during this period.