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Udaya Gammanpila was elected Minister of Agriculture, Minor Irrigation, Industries & Environment (Western Province) Sri Lanka in 2009. Previously, he was a member of All Party Representative Committee (APRC) appointed by His Excellency the President to formulate a solution to the crisis in the North and East of Sri Lanka. He was also a member of the Advisory Council for Ministry of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration as well as a member of National Economic Council chaired by H.E. the President. In February 2007, Mr. Gammanpila was appointed by the Minister of Environment as his Senior Advisor. Subsequently, H.E. the President appointed him as the Chairman of the Central Environmental Authority during which time he oversaw the introduction of environmental taxes as a mean of implementation of Polluter Pays Principle (PPP). Mr. Gammanpila was awarded a scholarship to Monash University, Melbourne by the Australian Government in 1988 and obtained a Bachelor of Computing (Information Systems) degree in 1994.