- Published on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:49
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President Rajapaksa offered floral tribute to the statue of late politician and literary scholar T.B. Ilangaratne yesterday. The commemorative ceremony organized by the People's Bank was held atNavam Mawatha in Colombo.
Illangarathne was elected to Parliament from 1958 to 1977 representing the Kandy, Galaha, Hewaheta and Kolonnawa electorates and had held several Cabinet Portfolios including Labour, Finance, Trade and Ports.
He who rendered a yeoman service on behalf of the working fraternity, was instrumental in making May Day a public holiday and also launched the labour tribunals, Salaries Commission and the EPF. He was also the founder of the People’s Bank. He pioneered in the launch of the Lotteries Board, Salu Sala and many state institutions. Among those present at the commemorative ceremony were many Parliamentarians.
Floral tributes were also offered by Governor of the Western Province, Alavi Moulana Senior Minister A.H.M.Fowzie, Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, Susil Premajayantha, Gamini Likuge, Bandula Gunawardena, Cheif Minister - Western Province Provincial Council-Prassana Ranatunga,
Deputy Minister Rohana Kumara Dissanayake, Chairman People's Bank W.G.Karuanajeewa and representatives of trade unions.