Dingiri Bandara Welagedara

Dingiri Banda Welagedera (31 October 1915 - 2 April 1989) also known as D. B. Welagedera (31 October 1915 – 22 April 1989) was the Deputy Minister of Plan Implementation and Minister a former Member of Parliament representing Kurunegala District. Welagedera served as the 1st Governor of North Central Province. He was appointed in May 1988 and was Governor until May 1989. He was succeeded by E. L. Senanayake.[1]

Dingiri Banda Welagedara
Dingiri Bandara Welagedara.jpg
1st Governor of North Central Province
In office
May 1988 – May 1989
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded byE. L. Senanayake
Member of the Ceylonese Parliament
for Kurunegala
In office
Preceded byHerbert Sri Nissanka
Succeeded byD. B. Monnekulama
In office
Preceded byJayah Pathirana
Succeeded byP. Wijesinghe
In office
Preceded byP. Wijesinghe
Succeeded byseat abolished
Personal details
Born (1915-10-31) October 31, 1915 (age 105)
Polgahawela, Sri Lanka
Died22 April 1989(1989-04-22) (aged 73)
(1989-04-02) 2 April 1989 (age 31)
Political partyUnited National Party
Alma materAnanda College, Colombo
Nalanda College, Colombo
St. John's College, Jaffna

Born on 31 October 1915 at Panaliya, Polgahawela, as Welagedara Mudiyanselage Dingiri Banda Welagedera was the only child of the family. He was educated at Ananda College, Colombo, Nalanda College, Colombo and at St. John's College, Jaffna before entering Colombo Law College. He joined government service in the first batch of Divisional Revenue Officers that replaced the native headmen system. He was elected the president of the Divisional Revenue Officers' Association.[2]

He resigned from government service to contest the 1952 general election from the United National Party from the Kurunegala District. He was elected to the House of Representatives defeating Herbert Sri Nissanka. He contested the July 1960 general election but lost to D. B. Monnekulama, but was successful in the 1965 general election and again defeated Monnekulama in the 1977 general election. He served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Nationalised Services from 1965 to 1970 and was appointed Deputy Minister of Plan Implementation in 1977. He served as Governor of the North Central Province from May 1988 to May 1989.

He died on 2 April 1989 and his body was donated to the Colombo Medical College. The Welagedara Stadium and the Welagedara Ayurveda Hospital has been named after him.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cahoon, Ben. "Sri Lankan Provinces from 1988". World Statesmen.org. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  2. ^ "D.B. Welagedara: Humble hero". Daily News. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Office created
Governor of North Central Province
Succeeded by
E. L. Senanayake