GOVERNMENT SURVEYORS ASSOCIATION

Soon after the world war, in the year 1922 at the survey camp Diyathalawa, 65 Surveyors inaugurated the Govt.Surveyor’s’ Association, with messers J.E.Dias Wanigasekara as founder President and J.T.David as founder Secretary. The purpose was to promote ad safeguard the interests of the Surveyors. One of the oldest of the public Service Trade Unions the Govt.Surveyor’s’ Association was founded at a time the life of a surveyor as very hard with solitude and long weary evenings in primitive living conditions. In the formative days of the G.S.A. the selfless Services rendered by Mess Wanigasekara and David were followed soon by Mr.Vanden Diriesen.

From the inception the Association covered fully the objectives, which included a Benevolent Fund on firm precepts of economic stability and kept the Fund on secure right throughout, inspite of high running costs. At the same time “bread and butter issues” of the members had been pursued throughout by the Association.

There had been attempts by the successive Surveyors General to gag and bind the Association particularly during the days of Surveyor General Mr.  Thornhill and others, but the G.S.A. executives did not yield at any stage.

From 1931 to 1945 M/S Vanden Driesen, Ladduwahetti and Bon Samarasinghe spent their time primarily towards seeking Incorporation and to have an office of its own for the Association. The efforts were not in vain. The Association was incorporated by Act. No. of 1939 this being unique. We also occupied our own Building in 1943.

In 1932 the Association succeeded in having a surveyor seconded full time as Secretary;

The bleak year as 1930 to 1944 and the Second World War resulted in many setbacks in life throughout the world including a lull in TRADE UNION activity.

However after the calm came the storm. In 1944 Mr.S.R.Yapa re-vitalized Trade Union Activity in the G.S.A. He has been a fearless leader and many a battle has been during his time. The land on which the present Association building stands too was purchased by him and undoubtly a great asset for all-time stability of the G.S.A

Mr.A.P.S. Gunawardane who took office as President in 1953 continued till 1964-11 years the longest period for a President of the Association.

Dynamic were his leadership qualities and spared no bones in incredulously dealing with a point at issue be it a matter concerning a Member or the service. It was during his tenure as from the National Savings Bank. He really took an active in all Association affairs until his retirement.

During the Past years many victories have been won by the ASSOCIATION. Some of these achievements that the members received are 2(two) pieces of land in Bambalapitiya, 2(two) story buildings (one given out on rent) Investments and loan facilities at very low interest rates, savings that encourage thrift, retirement donations, death donations, affording space for recreational facilities, lodging for transit members, Quarter for the Secretary & Treasurer improvement of working and living conditions, Increases in Salary and combined allowances, promotional prospects and many others, including the Surveyor’s special allowance in lieu of the camp Laborer and also being placed in the Middle Level Technical service(1977)

During the past decade or more the Association had been a hive of activity during which time; many times the members had to resort to Trade Union Action at fairly close succession. In fact the frequency was very much higher than in the decades gone by and these actions were effective. Some of the benefits the members received are as follows;

Settlement of the Mortgage Loans, Advantageous settlement of Inland Revenue matters, Increase in Retirement Donations & Death Donations, Increase in Loan Quantities, Substantial increase in Rent earned by the Association, Leaving the Middle Level Technical Service, creating a Minute on the Sri Lanka Surveyors’ governed by a Gazetted Minute (1982) Winning back the camp Laborer, increase in the House Rent and Supervising Officers allowance, Full Subsistence for long periods in out camps, Workers’ Education Programmes, Obtaining Salary increases, Amending the Minutes on the S.L.S.S. thus affording a great deal of benefits to the service (1991/2005)

THE PRESIDENTS THAT HELD OFFICE UP TO NOW

J.E.Dias Wanigasekara … (1922-1926)

N.S.Perera … (1927-1930)

J.D.Vanden Diriesen … (1931-1938)

D.C.Ladduwahetty … (1939-1942)

B.Samarasinge… (1943-1944)

S.R.Yapa … (1945-1952)

D.L.Peiris … (1952)

B.Samarasinghe … (1953)

A.P.S.Gunawardene … (1953-1964)

M.Nawaratnam … (1965)

I.P.W.Fernando … (1965-1966)

G.H.G.C.L.De Silva … (1966-1972)

N.Samarasinghe … (1972-1973)

G.H.G.C.L.De Silva … (1973)

N.Samarasinghe … (1973-1976)

P.A.R.Chandrasiri … (1976-1977)

H.K.Alles … (1977-1978)

A.Hettige … (1978)

A.H.Karunaratne … (1978-1979)

M.H.P.Siriwardene … (1979-1980)

Gerald.A.De Silva … (1980-1983)

M.W.Perera … (1983-1985)

G.Saranasena … (1985-1986)

I.A.Wijethilake … (1986-1989)

R.M.Chandrapala … (1989-1998)

S.P.Munasinghe … (1998-1999)

R.M.Chandrapala … (1999-2001)

W.G.S.Somasiri … (2001-2004)

R.M.Chandrapala … (2004-2005)

E.M.D.B.Ekanayake … (2005-2007)

D.L.Hewagama … (2007-2008)

B.U.P.Jayawardhana … (2008-2009)

G.D.I.Galpaya … (2009-2012)

K.P.Amal Jayawardana…(2012-

THE SECRETARIES THAT HELD OFFICE UP TO NOW

J.T.David … (1922)

C.J.Sabapathi … (1923)

A.B.Siriwardene … (1924)

S.Ginige … (1925)

M.T.Mutunayagampillai … (1926)

R.M.De Silva … (1926)

J.T.David … (1927)

E.DeZ.Gunawardene … (1927)

J.T.David … (1928-1931)

C.A.d With Barbut … (1932-1938)

D.Warnakulasuriya … (1939-1941)

H.Wijesurendra … (1942-1944)

N.S.L.Fernando … (1945)

C.S.Perera … (1945-1948)

A.P.S.Gunawardene … (1949-1951)

C.S.Perera … (1952)

D.J.Nanayakkara … (1953-1954)

M.Nawaratnam … (1955-1957)

M.B.Ranatunga … (1958-1960)

D.B.Rulach … (1961-1964)

H.Devasurendra … (1965-1966)

A.Hettige … (1967-1972)

U.Mutukumarana … (1973-1975)

Kusuman Siriwardena … (1976-1977)

A.R.Fernando … (1977-1978)

Mahendra De Alwis … (1978-1995)

E.M.D.B.Ekanayake … (1995-1998)

D.N.Weerasinghe … (1998-2004)

J.A.Ruwanthilaka … (2004-2007)

S.M.H.K.B.Samarakoon … (2007-2009)

H.L.N.Susantha … (2009-2012)

D.P.Millawithanachchi…(2012-2013)

S.K.Wickramanayaka…(2013-

Soon after the world war, in the year 1922 at the survey camp Diyathalawa, 65 Surveyors inaugurated the Govt.Surveyor’s’ Association, with messers J.E.Dias Wanigasekara as founder President and J.T.David as founder Secretary. The purpose was to promote ad safeguard the interests of the Surveyors. One of the oldest of the public Service Trade Unions the Govt.Surveyor’s’ Association was founded at a time the life of a surveyor as very hard with solitude and long weary evenings in primitive living conditions. In the formative days of the G.S.A. the selfless Services rendered by Mess Wanigasekara and David were followed soon by Mr.Vanden Diriesen.

From the inception the Association covered fully the objectives, which included a Benevolent Fund on firm precepts of economic stability and kept the Fund on secure right throughout, inspite of high running costs. At the same time “bread and butter issues” of the members had been pursued throughout by the Association.

There had been attempts by the successive Surveyors General to gag and bind the Association particularly during the days of Surveyor General Mr. Thornhill and others, but the G.S.A. executives did not yield at any stage.

From 1931 to 1945 M/S Vanden Driesen, Ladduwahetti and Bon Samarasinghe spent their time primarily towards seeking Incorporation and to have an office of its own for the Association. The efforts were not in vain. The Association was incorporated by Act. No. of 1939 this being unique. We also occupied our own Building in 1943.

In 1932 the Association succeeded in having a surveyor seconded full time as Secretary;

The bleak year as 1930 to 1944 and the Second World War resulted in many setbacks in life throughout the world including a lull in TRADE UNION activity.

However after the calm came the storm. In 1944 Mr.S.R.Yapa re-vitalized Trade Union Activity in the G.S.A. He has been a fearless leader and many a battle has been during his time. The land on which the present Association building stands too was purchased by him and undoubtly a great asset for all-time stability of the G.S.A

Mr.A.P.S. Gunawardane who took office as President in 1953 continued till 1964-11 years the longest period for a President of the Association.

Dynamic were his leadership qualities and spared no bones in incredulously dealing with a point at issue be it a matter concerning a Member or the service. It was during his tenure as from the National Savings Bank. He really took an active in all Association affairs until his retirement.

During the Past years many victories have been won by the ASSOCIATION. Some of these achievements that the members received are 2(two) pieces of land in Bambalapitiya, 2(two) story buildings (one given out on rent) Investments and loan facilities at very low interest rates, savings that encourage thrift, retirement donations, death donations, affording space for recreational facilities, lodging for transit members, Quarter for the Secretary & Treasurer improvement of working and living conditions, Increases in Salary and combined allowances, promotional prospects and many others, including the Surveyor’s special allowance in lieu of the camp Laborer and also being placed in the Middle Level Technical service(1977)

During the past decade or more the Association had been a hive of activity during which time; many times the members had to resort to Trade Union Action at fairly close succession. In fact the frequency was very much higher than in the decades gone by and these actions were effective. Some of the benefits the members received are as follows;

Settlement of the Mortgage Loans, Advantageous settlement of Inland Revenue matters, Increase in Retirement Donations & Death Donations, Increase in Loan Quantities, Substantial increase in Rent earned by the Association, Leaving the Middle Level Technical Service, creating a Minute on the Sri Lanka Surveyors’ governed by a Gazetted Minute (1982) Winning back the camp Laborer, increase in the House Rent and Supervising Officers allowance, Full Subsistence for long periods in out camps, Workers’ Education Programmes, Obtaining Salary increases, Amending the Minutes on the S.L.S.S. thus affording a great deal of benefits to the service (1991/2005)

THE PRESIDENTS THAT HELD OFFICE UP TO NOW

J.E.Dias Wanigasekara ………….…..…… (1922-1926)

N.S.Perera ………………………….……..….. (1927-1930)

J.D.Vanden Diriesen ………………….….. (1931-1938)

D.C.Ladduwahetty ……………….……….. (1939-1942)

B.Samarasinge…………………….….……… (1943-1944)

S.R.Yapa …………………………………..….… (1945-1952)

D.L.Peiris ……………………………………….. (1952)

B.Samarasinghe ……………………….….… (1953)

A.P.S.Gunawardene ……………….……… (1953-1964)

M.Nawaratnam …………………….…….… (1965)

I.P.W.Fernando ……………………….…..… (1965-1966)

G.H.G.C.L.De Silva ………………….…….… (1966-1972)

N.Samarasinghe …………………….………. (1972-1973)

G.H.G.C.L.De Silva ………………….…….… (1973)

N.Samarasinghe …………………….………. (1973-1976)

P.A.R.Chandrasiri …………………………… (1976-1977)

H.K.Alles ………………………………………… (1977-1978)

A.Hettige ……………………………………….. (1978)

A.H.Karunaratne ………………………….… (1978-1979)

M.H.P.Siriwardene ………………………… (1979-1980)

Gerald.A.De Silva …………………………… (1980-1983)

M.W.Perera …………………………………… (1983-1985)

G.Saranasena ………………………………… (1985-1986)

I.A.Wijethilake ………………………………. (1986-1989)

R.M.Chandrapala ………………………..… (1989-1998)

S.P.Munasinghe …………………………..… (1998-1999)

R.M.Chandrapala …………………………… (1999-2001)

W.G.S.Somasiri ……………………………… (2001-2004)

R.M.Chandrapala ………………………….. (2004-2005)

E.M.D.B.Ekanayake ……………………..… (2005-

THE SECRETARIES THAT HELD OFFICE UP TO NOW

J.T.David ………………….………….…..…… (1922)

C.J.Sabapathi …………………………….…. (1923)

A.B.Siriwardene …………………………… (1924)

S.Ginige …………………………………….…. (1925)

M.T.Mutunayagampillai ………………. (1926)

R.M.De Silva ………………………………… (1926)

J.T.David ……………………………………… (1927)

E.DeZ.Gunawardene …………….……… (1927)

J.T.David ……………………………………… (1928-1931)

C.A.d With Barbut ……………………….. (1932-1938)

D.Warnakulasuriya ………………………. (1939-1941)

H.Wijesurendra ……………………………. (1942-1944)

N.S.L.Fernando …………………………….. (1945)

C.S.Perera ……………………………… ……. (1945-1948)

A.P.S.Gunawardene ……………………… (1949-1951)

C.S.Perera …………………………………….. (1952)

D.J.Nanayakkara …………………………… (1953-1954)

M.Nawaratnam ……………………………. (1955-1957)

M.B.Ranatunga ……………………………. (1958-1960)

D.B.Rulach …………………………………… (1961-1964)

H.Devasurendra ………………………….. (1965-1966)

A.Hettige …………………………………….. (1967-1972)

U.Mutukumarana ……………………….. (1973-1975)

Kusuman Siriwardena …………………. (1976-1977)

A.R.Fernando ………..……………………. (1977-1978)

Mahendra De Alwis …………………….. (1978-1995)

E.M.D.B.Ekanayake………………………. (1995-1998)

D.N.Weerasinghe ………………………… (1998-2004)

J.A.Ruwanthilaka ………………………… (2004