Former Governor Alavi Moulana passes away

Thursday, 16 June 2016 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Untitled-2Former Governor of the Western Province and trade union leader Alavi Moulana passed away yesterday at the age of 84. 

He had recently undergone surgery for a liver complication and was receiving treatment at a private hospital in Colombo. 

The funeral will be held at the Dehiwala Jummah Mosque at 3.30 p.m. today, according to his family. The veteran politician entered politics in 1948 as a trade unionist and went on to serve as a councillor in the Colombo Municipal Council and also as a Cabinet Minister under the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) government.  In 1994, he entered Parliament as the Deputy Minister of Media and thereafter as a Cabinet Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government and in 2001 was appointed as Cabinet Minister of Labour.  He was appointed as the fifth Governor of the Western Province on 01 February 2002 and tendered his resignation once the Government under Maithripala Srisena was formed in January 2015.  Moulana joined the SLFP in 1956 under the leadership of the late Premier S. W. R. D. Bandaranayake and was the one time Senior Vice President of the party and the Senior Vice President of the Sri Lanka Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya.  He was also an advisor to former president Chandrika Bandaranayake Kumaratunga on Muslim Affairs and had served as acting Governor for Sabaragamuwa Province in 2009. He was conferred the title “Jana Prasadini” on his 80th birthday in 2012 by then President Mahinda Rajapaksa and has received many national and international awards for decades of service to trade unionism..  Ahmed Seyed Alavi Moulana was educated at St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya and Zahira College, Maradana. – Ada Derana