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cabinetDecisions taken by cabinet of ministers at its meeting held on 24.10.2017

01.    Extending the period of Secretariat for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms (Document No. 05)

The above Secretariat was established in 2015 for a period of two years for undertaking reconciliation related tasks.
The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to extend its period until 31.03.2019, considering the importance of implanting a programme for making aware the general public on reconciliation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Securities Exchange Act – 2017  (Document No. 08)

Cabinet has already approved to introduce above act in lien of Securities and Exchange Commission Act no. 36 of 1987, considering regulatory principals and standards in developed countries and the relevant bill has been prepared.

Accordingly the proposal made by the Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the Minister of National policies and Economic Affairs, to publish the said bill in gazette and present in parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    MoU between Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute and Institute of Foreign Affairs of Nepal (Document No. 10)

The Proposal made by Foreign Affairs Minister Thilak Marapana, to sign the above MoU and to take suitable steps to implement it productively enabling exchange of information, specialized knowledge and training programmes on the fields of diplomacy foreign policies and international relations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Improvement of Kundasale – Haragama water Supply scheme (Document No. 11)

Delay in implementation of above project causes difficulties to about 6000 families in 14 villages in Pathahewaheta and Kundasale Divisional Secretariat Divisions. Considering above facts the proposal made by Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S.B. Dissanayake, to improve above project using funds in Shamurdhi Development Fund, for the benefit of people in 14 villages including Anuragama, Pubudugama and Mudunkade, where many Samurdhi Beneficiaries and low income earners are resided, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Construction of a building for Wattegama Samurdhi Community Based Bank (Document No. 12)

Above Branch of Samurdhi Bank is situated in a place where difficult to access, and with many difficulties, and the Proposal made by Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S.B. Dissanayake, to obtain a land of about 20 perches to Department of Samurdhi Development to relocate the above bank in a more convenient place, was approved by the Cabinet Ministers.

06.    Providing permanent houses for families to be resettled in secure locations due to flood disaster. (Document No. 13)

The Proposal made by Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa to construct 1,122 houses for families to be resettled, whose houses were completely damaged, in 05 districts due to floods in 2017, was approved by the Cabinet Ministers.

07.    Amendment of Medical Ordinance for establishing the register of Specialist Medical Practitioners ( Document No. 14)

The Proposal made by Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne to publish the Medical (Amendments) bill prepared on the above purpose, in gazette and present in Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Establishment of new Technical College in Thenmanei area, Meesalei North, in Jaffna District ( Document No. 16)

The only vocational Training Institute in Jaffna receives about 8000 applications annually but only 1500 trainees can be selected for enrolment. Hence, the cabinet has decided to construct the above Technical College within the next two years at a cost of LKR 560 million, for offering vocational training courses of NVQ 3 and 4 Levels, according to a proposal made by Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Chandima Weerakkody.

09.    Implement the Rainwater Drainage and Environment Improvement project for Kalu Oya Basin. (Document No. 17)

Above project is to be implemented within 05 years from 2018 – 2022, and the proposal made by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to implement the said project as a priority project using foreign aids, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Adoption of a National Action Plan for controlling corruption in Sri Lanka ((Document No. 26)

The Proposal made by Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala, to compile an action plan with the consultation of relevant agencies, for empowering anti-corruption agencies in controlling corruption and making aware public on negative impacts of corruption, was approved by the Cabinet of Minister.

11. MOU with Republic of Korea to send employees under Employment permit system (Document -31)

Above agreement was signed for two years from 2015 and the proposal made by Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala, to extend the agreement for 02 years, that affirms transparency and efficiency of the process of sending employees to Korea, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

12. MOU between Department of post, Sri Lanka, and foreign institutions of post related to combined stamp issuing (Document -32)

It has been decided to issue commemorative stamps to mark commencement of diplomatic relations with Russia and Nepal (60 years) and Republic of Korea (40 years) and proposal made by Post, Postal Affairs and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M.H.A. Haleem, to sign relevant agreements with institutions in such countries on the above matter, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

13. Awareness programme for public and civil Organizations on new election system and women's representation (Document No – 33)

The legal foundation of new election system has been prepared by the Local Authorities Election (Amendment) Act No. 16 of 2017. However public are unaware of these amendments yet. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon, Prime Minister and National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha and Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara, to implement an awareness Programme with immediate effect, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

14. Construction of Second stage of Accident and Intensive Care Unit of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital (Document -40)

The proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, to award the above contract on design and build basis to CECB and Central Engineering Services, (Pvt.) Ltd, at a cost of LKR 1,359.35 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Purchase of coal required for Coal Power Plant at Puttalam, under spot tender (Document No-43)

The proposal made by Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, to award the above contract to M/S, Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises Pte Ltd, for supply of 300,000 MT of coal as each MT of coal to be purchased at USD 91.85, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Tender for transport and install 50 diesel generators, 25 transformer and 25 diesel fuel tanks (Document No - 44)

The Proposal made by Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, to award the above tender to M/s. Sterling and Wilson Private Ltd, India, to prevent breakdown in system due to minor deficiencies in generation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Reconstruction of small tanks (Document No - 45)
There are 10,497 small irrigations to be rehabilitated, but due to lack of technical staff in Department of Agrarian Services, the proposal made by Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake, to obtain the service of external institutions related to technical services, with confirm to national procurement guidelines, for reconstructions estimated over LKR 05 million, was  approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Construction of Quarters for married police officers of junior grade at Kumaran Ratnam Road, Colombo-02 (Document No-47)

The proposal made by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa, to award the above contract to Construction Managers and Planners Private Ltd, at a cost of LKR 482 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Disposal of marine Gas Oil and CST fuel stored at tank complex of Hambantota port (Document No - 50)

Approval was already given by Cabinet to dispose 13,500 MT of marine Gas oil and 648 MT of CST fuel for releasing empty tanks, under the concessionary agreement on Hambantota Port. According to called quotations, the proposal made by ports and shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe to grant the said bulk of oil to Inter-ocean Energy Private LTD to an amount of USD 3,220,800 was approval by the cabinet of ministers.

20. Improvement of terminal management software system of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (Document No 51)

The proposal made by Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, to improve the said system using funds of SLPA and to appoint a technical evaluation committee and a Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee in this regard, with the view of facing the competition with other ports in the region, was approved by the cabinet of ministers.

21. “Diviyata Udanaya Programme” for development of micro and household industries. (Document No 52)

The proposal made by industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, to implement above programme with the view of creating 11000 direct and indirect job opportunities by creating 11000 entrepreneurs and transferring 10000 household level manufactures to commercial  entrepreneurs, in the fields of handlooms and garments, food production, wood, and handicrafts, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Provision of better medical, clinical and treatment services for the benefit of Sri Lankans affected by Chronic Kidney Disease (Document No 53)

CKD has become a major community health issue which is prevailed in 60 divisional secretariat divisions in 11 District. The proposal made by H.E. the president Maithripala Sirisena, to implement following 3 projects at a cost of LKR 462.5 million, in association with relevant parties, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 Construction of Centre for treatment of Kidney Disease and dialysis at Kandy.
 Construction of Centre for treatment of kidney Disease and  dialysis at Anuradhapura
 Constructions of Educational and Information Centre for empowering social welfare economies regarding Kidney Disease, at Girandurukotte.

23. Declaration of 2018 as food production year (Document No 60)

Food Production Process of the country was affected due to bad weather condition in the country in last cultivation seasons, and to overcome this situation the food production battle week was commenced the other day.

President Maithripala Sirisena said the year 2018 will be declared as the Food Production Year giving priority to implementation of relevant policies and plans and to direct the food production battle by combining public, privet and non-government organization as stake holders under a collective approves to achieve a sustainable agriculture Development. The information presented by the president was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.


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