Sajith Premadasa

Deputy Leader of the UNP & Minister for Housing

Sajith Premadasa is the Minister for Housing, Deputy Leader of the United National Party as well as representing the Hambantota District.

As Minister and Deputy Leader, he is determined to ensure that no one is without shelter in Sri Lanka through a radical house building programme.

Political Beginnings

Born in 1967 to parents Ranasinghe and Hema Premadasa, he developed an understanding of national service at a very early age.

Sajith was schooled at St Thomas Preparatory College and Royal College in Colombo. He completed his ordinary and advance levels at Mill Hill School, in London – winning the A/L prize for politics and business studies.

He graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) and Political Science of the University of London, his degree covered the areas of economics, politics and international relations, an education that served him in good stead later when he launched himself as a grassroot politician.

Sajith also had the rare distinction of completing his internship at the U.S. Senate working with the Foreign Relations Committee under Senator Larry Pressler.

In 1993, tragedy struck when, Sajith’s father was assassinated and the young man left America to return to his home in Sri Lanka. 

Achievements

He didn’t lose time in getting on the political track, similar to his father’s Janasaviya, he launched his version Janasuwaya, to alleviate poverty in his local Hambantota District. 

After years of working at grassroot level, Sajith entered parliament in 2000, polling the highest number of preferences in Hambantota and the highest preference vote percentage of the whole country.

As Housing Minister, he has led the Government’s efforts to ensure everyone has shelter by 2025 and since being sworn in has overseen the construction of 472 model villages. The target is 500 by the end of 2017 and a further 2000 between 2018 and 2020 – totaling 2500 model villages.