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Clifford Senaka Ratwatte (19 March 1927 - 10 February 2009) was a Sri Lankan politician.[1] He was a former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, Food, Co-operatives and Fisheries in 1964 Member of Parliament for Balangoda, Chairman of the State Plantations Corporation and the Sri Lanka Tea Board.[2]

Ratwatte was born to a prominent Radala family, who were descended from Ratwatte Dissawa, Dissawa of Matale, a signatory on behalf of the Sinhalese to the Kandyan Convention of 1815. Ratwatte was born on 19 March 1927 in Balangoda, one of six children to Barnes Ratwatte Dissawa (later a member of the State Council of Ceylon and the Senate of Ceylon) and Rosalind Mahawelatenne Kumarihamy of Mahawelatenne Walauwa. His eldest sister was Sirimavo Bandaranaike was the 7th Prime Minister of Ceylon and the modern world's first female head of government.

Ratwatte had his primary school education at St. Agnus’ Convent in Balangoda and his secondary school education at S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia.[3] He married Mallika Ellawala and began his career as a tea planter in Balangoda.[3] In 1954 he was elected as a Councillor to the Balangoda Town Council. In 1957 he became the president of the Balangoda Urban Council until he resigned in 1968.[4]

Ratwatte was elected to Parliament in March 1960, from the Balangoda electorate. He was subsequently re-elected at the general election in July. He was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation.[3]

He produced the 1974 film, The God King and the 1975 film Kaludiya Dahara.[3]

Ratwatte had two children, Kamal and Heshani. Kamal is the current Basnayake Nilame[5] (Lay Custodian) of the Sabaragamuwa Maha Saman Devalaya in Ratnapura.

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  1. ^ "Hon. Ratwatte, Clifford Senaka, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Clifford Ratwatte dead". The Island. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Marasinghe, Sandasen; Mudalige, Disna (14 July 2011). "Seven more former MPs remembered". Daily News. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  4. ^ "History of Urban Council - Balangoda". Balangoda Urban Council. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Kamal Rathwaththe becomes Rathnapura new Basnayaka Nilame". Daily Mirror. 18 June 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2017.

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