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cabinetDecisions taken by cabinet of ministers at its meeting held on 26.09.2017

01.    National Action Plan on Human Rights 2017 - 2021 (Document No – 07)

Above action plan prepared under guidance of the Cabinet of Ministers was presented by the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. A committee of officials will be appointed to report on the progress of its implementation and an inter-minister meeting will be called up to review its progress. Above matters were considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Establishment of Pre Hospital Emergency Care Ambulance Service and 1990 Suvaseriya Foundation (Document No – 10)  

Above Ambulance service implemented in Western and Southern Provinces is to be expanded to all the provinces in the country. The agreement between GVK EMRI Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. and the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine expires on 31.12.2017.

The proposal made by the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to establish the 1990 Suvaseriya Foundation by a parliament act, to continue operations and administration of this ambulance service, which is fully owned by the government, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Improvement of main railway line and Kelani Valley Railway Line (Document No – 12)  

It has been decided to act according to recognized social protection policies on the people affected by using railway reservations for the above project. With the view of expediting above project the proposal made by the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to conduct socio economic surveys from Maradana to Rambukkana in the main line and from Homagama to Avissawella in the Kelani Valley Line (survey from Maradana to Homagama has already been done) with the help of UN Habita, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04 05 – 06. Management of Disaster Situations (Document No – 16, 17 and 18)

 Following proposals made by Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    National Action Plan on minimizing disaster risk.

ii.    ‘National Operational Plan for emergency situations’ for coordinating among public institution private section and Media Institutions in a disaster situation.

Minister Yapa pointed out that steps have been taken to prepare guidelines for minimizing shortcomings of relief management mechanism, by the Ministry of Disaster Management in association with UN Food Program and UN Development Program. Above matters were considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.     Improvement of drainage systems in Kantale Base Hospital and Kalmunai North Base Hospital (Document No – 20)  

 The proposal made by the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, to establish a sewage system in Kantale Base Hospital at an estimated cost of LKR 103.5 million, and to construct a Sewage Refinery in Kalmunai North Base Hospital at a cost of LKR 95 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Introduction of Statement of Corporate Intent Concept for State Owned Business Enterprises (SCBE) (Document No – 21)  

Statements of corporate intent have already been signed with 05 selected commercial enterprises, and the proposal made by the Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, to enter in to such agreements with 10 more selected SOBEs in 2018 as an initial step to expand this concept to all SOBEs was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.     Concessionary Loan Schemes implemented under Governments Economic Development Process (Document No – 24)

 Eight concessionary loan schemes introduced according to Budget 2017 are being implemented successfully. Cabinet of Ministers has concerned the information presented by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera that under these loan schemes, 1,266 beneficiaries have been granted LKR 6,517 Million through Public and Private Banks at 15.-0.2017.

 10.     Presenting the gazette notification in parliament issued for reducing taxes on Mini trucks, single cabs and motorcycles (Document No – 26)

 Above taxes were reduced form 18.08.2017 and cabinet has approved the proposal made by the Finance Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera, to present the gazette extraordinary No. 2032/31 dated 17.08.2017 under the article 3 of the Excise (Special Provisions) Act No. 13 of 1989, in parliament.

11 – 12 - 13.     Proposals made by the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development (Document No – 28, 33, 35)

Following proposals made by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    Implement 18 urban development projects in 2017 using balance allocations.

ii.    Provide sea sand for Colombo Port City Project. Sri Lanka Government should provide sea sand free of charge according to the agreement. However, USD 02 million will be paid by the company engaged in the project as administration and other necessary costs.

iii.    Transfer a land lot of 19.7 perches of UDA to Polwatta Sri Dharmakeerthi Aramaya as a free grant for constructing an access road.

14 – 15 - 16.     Proposals made by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development (Document No – 37, 38 and 39)

Cabinet has approved following proposals made by the Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.

i.    Assign the duty of managing regulations, maintenance and development of anchorages to Ceylon Fishery Harbors Corporation.

ii.    Enter into a MOU with HAE CHON Co. Ltd. of South Korea for feasibility study and design of developing Tangale Fishery Harbor free of charge.

iii.    Publish the till drafted to amend the fisheries (Regulation of Foreign Fishing Boats) Act No. 59 of 1979, in gazette and subsequently present in parliament for approval.

17.     Irrigation development plan for Pelwatta Sugar Industries (Document No – 44)  

Above company caters for 10% of local sugar requirement and the proposal made by the Irrigation and Water Resource Management Minister Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, to implement an irrigation development project in the area for providing water to sugar cane plantation lands, including improvement of 13 tanks, and canals was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.     Reconstruction of religions places damaged by earth quake in Nepal (Document – 46)  

Sri Lanka contributes in above reconstructions and its estimated cost has increased due to latter changes in their plan. Accordingly the joint proposal made by H. E. the President ‘Maithripala Sirisena and the Buddhasasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera to obtain additional allocation of LKR 105 million in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19 – 20 21.     Proposals made by the Minister of Justice (Document No – 47, 48 and 49)  

Following proposals presented by Minister Thalatha Athukorala were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    Publish the bill darted to amend the Commercial Mediation Centre of Sri Lanka Act No. 44 of 2000, in gazette and present in parliament for approval.

ii.    Publish the bill drafted to amend the Trusts Ordinance in gazette and present in parliament for approval.

iii.    Construct new buildings for following courts at a cost of LKR 491 million.

-    Kahatagasdigiliya and Medawachchiya magistrate courts.
-    Walasmulla district/magistrates court
-    Matale High Courts
-    Kalmunai Civil Appellate High Court.

22.     Import of 100 Boer Goats for Department of Animal Production and Health (Document No – 52)  

Above proposal made by Rural Economic Affairs Minister P. Harrison, for providing goats for commercial farms to increase the goat meat production, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.     MOU between Sri Lanka and UAE on Cooperation in Labour field (Document No – 57)  

Cabinet has approved the above proposal made by Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukora, for providing protection for Sri Lankan employees, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24 – 25 - 26.     Proposals made by the Minister of Sports (Document No – 63, 64 and 66)  

Following proposals made by Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    Sign MOU between Sri Lanka and Poland on development of sports.

ii.    Extend the period of Sports Modernization Project for training of junior athletes for international level sports competitions.

iii.    Implement a community based sports development project with the view of increasing the a-mount of people engaged in physical activities from 10% within next 03 years for control of now communicable diseases.

27.     Economic Digitization 2016 – 2019 (Document No – 69)  

The proposal made by Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando, to implement 27 projects by ICTA within 2016 – 2019 under 2017 budgetary allocations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

28.     Agreement between Sri Lanka and Hungary on economic cooperation (Document No – 71)  

Proposal made by Development strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrema, to sign the above agreement, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

29. Urban Housing Project in Mahayyawa, Kandy (Document No – 72)  

The joint proposal made by Ministers of Special Assignments, Housing and Constructions and Provincial Councils and Local Government, to obtain land required from UDA and to grant the ownership for beneficiaries free of charge, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

30 - 31.  Proposals made by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation (Document No – 46)

Following proposals made by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    Award the contract for relocation of emigrant area of BIA, Katunayake to R. N. Constructions (Pvt.) Ltd. for LKR 472.5 million.

ii.    Award the contract for procurement of oil and lubricants for SLTB, to Lanka IOC PLC and Chevron Lubricant Lanka PLC.

32 - 33.  Award of Contracts by Ministry of Planning and Water Supply (Document No – 79 - 81)  

Proposal made by Minister Rauff Hakeem to award following contracts was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i.    Anuradhapura North Water Supply Project Phase I - to Ms. Nagajura Construction Ltd. and Ms Sierra Constructions to 1,197.46 million Japanese Yen and LKR 1,275.75 million.

ii.    Contract for obtaining Technical Cooperation for SHIFT project – to Ms/ Egis Eau for 1 million Euros and LKR 5.8 million.

34.     Procurement of additional 100 Mw electricity for uninterrupted power supply (Document No – 83)  

The proposal made by Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, to selected a supplier to supply generators on short term basis, on the above purpose through open competition bidding, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

35.     Procurement of Fertilizer required for Government Fertilizer Companies (Document No – 84)

The proposal made by the Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake, to procurement 18,000 Mt of Urea and 3,000 Mt of Triple Super Phosphate from M/s. Quantum Fertilizers Ltd. and M/s Haiyark Holding Ltd., was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

36. Implementation of Indo – Lanka Ferry Service between Colombo and Tuticorin (Document No – 87)  

Expressions of interests were called on the above matter but no sufficient response has been made. Hence, the proposal made by Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to cancel the current procurement 17 process and to recall EOIS, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

37.     Regularization of providing title deeds and modernization of preparing cadastral map (Document No – 88)  

The proposal made by land and Parliament Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka to authorize the Department of External Resources to negotiate with Trimble Inc. of USA, who has presented a proposal on the above matter and to commence a pilot project to test its technical eligibility, before the key project is being implemented, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


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