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Cabinet Decisions

Amendment of National Defence Fund Act No. 9 of 1985

Proponent – President Maithripala Sirisena as the Defence Minister.

Description – It was decided to publish the draft bill prepared on the above purpose in the gazette and present it in Parliament for approval. The fund was established for the welfare of families of dead and disabled war heroes.

Providing funds for implementing Hasalaka water Supply Project

Proponent – Prime Minister as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister.

Description – People’s Bank has agreed to grant a loan of LKR 6,235 million, and it was decided to authorize the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to enter into relevant agreements with the People’s Bank for the above Purpose.

Providing funds for implementing Visal Ratnapura Water Supply Project

Proponent – Prime Minister as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister.

Description – Bank of Ceylon has agreed to grant a loan of LKR 1,528.9 million on the above purpose, and it was decided to authorize the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to enter into relevant agreements with BOC, in this regard.

Signing of MoU between Sri Lanka and Estonia on cooperation in the field of tourism

Proponent – Tourism, Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunge.

Long-term plan for development of Ratmalana Airport

Proponent – Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Description – It was decided to implement the above plan which is planned to be implemented during 2018 - 2030.

Establishment of a Regional Consulate in Polonnaruwa

Proponent – Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana.

Description – It was decided to establish the above consulate in the Polonnaruwa area to cater the needs of people in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kurunegala, Ampara, and Matale Districts.

Establishment of a German Industry and Commerce delegate office in Sri Lanka

Proponents – Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana.

Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama.

Description – It was decided to establish the above office in Sri Lanka for promoting economic activities in the two countries.

Enter into a Resource Cooperation Agreement with Institute for International Research for Cancer

Proponent – Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne.

Description – It was decided to enter into the above agreement for maintaining the register of cancer patients based on population.

Introduction of a new Indigenous Medicine Council act for regularizing activities of Ayurveda Medical Council

Proponent – Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

Description – It was decided to prepare a separate bill for detaching the above council from the above act and to prepare a fresh act.

Implementation of Concessionary loans Under Enterprise Sri Lanka as per a budget proposal 2018

Proponent – Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Description – It was decided to implement these loan schemes through public and private banks for youths, small and medium-scale, self-employed, and female entrepreneurs.

Providing an alternative land for CEB for the land acquired for expanding Panadura Divisional Secretariat

Proponent – Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Rnawaka.

Description – It was decided to provide a land of 120 perches owned by the Urban Development Authority, in this regard.

Implementing a pilot project for issuing of e-phytosanitary certificates

Proponent – Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake.

Description – Sri Lanka has been selected for the above programme, and it was decided to sign a MoU with the Australian Agriculture Department for the above purpose.

Increase the pension allowance given by Film Corporation Trust for film artistes and technicians

Proponent – Public Administration and Management Minster Ranjith Maddumabandara.

Description – It was decided to increase the current allowance of LKR 2,000 to LKR 5,000 and to provide a treasury grant of LKR 10 million to the Film Corporation Trust, to provide allowances to 163 more artistes.

Implementation of development programmes in Moneragala District in line with 200th anniversary of Wellassa Riot

Proponent - Public Administration and Management Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara.

Description - It was decided to implement development programmes in the area and to use funds already allocated to relevant line ministries.

Award of contract for procurement of 12 locomotives for upcountry railway line

Proponent – Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Awarded to – M/s. General Electric Company.

Cost – USD 4.056 million per an engine.

Development of infrastructure in universities

Proponent – Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella.

Description – It was decided to implement following projects:

· Construction of two three-storeyed buildings for the Jaffna University.

· Construction of a three-storeyed lecture hall building for the Ruhuna University Technology Faculty.

· Construction of staff quarters at the Sri Lanka Bhiksu University, Anuradhapura.

· Construction of a four-storeyed building for Postgraduate Institute of Pali and Buddhist Studies at the Kelaniya University.

Award of Contract for construction of a Stroke Unit at Ampara District General Hospital

Proponent – Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne.

Awarded to – M/s Link Engineering (Pvt) Ltd.

Cost - LKR 213.9 million.

Award of contract for purchase of 75,000 pairs of high-leg boots for Army

Proponent – President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Defence.

Awarded to – M/s Irosha International (Pvt) Ltd.

Cost – LKR 232 million.

Development of railway line from Maho to Omanthai

Proponent – Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Description – Approval has already been granted for the above project and the transport minister said that the project is planned to be implement implemented in two phases; as Maho to Anuradhapura and Anuradhapura to Vavuniya.

Providing funds for implementing Sri Lanka Accelerated Solid Waste Management Project

Proponent – Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs.

Description – The project is to be implemented by the Megapolis and Western Development and Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministries. The estimated cost is USD 274 million. It was decided to hold negotiations with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development of the World Bank, to obtain funds of USD 115 million.

Obtaining cooperation of US Peace Corps programme to improve English language education in Sri Lanka

Proponent – Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana.

Description – The programme was implemented in Sri Lanka from time to time, but it was not implemented after 2006, and according to a request made by Sri Lanka, they have decided to re-implement their programme on the above matter. Accordingly, it was decided to sign an agreement with the US government for implementing this programme.

Preventing the present misuse of kerosene

Proponent – President Maithripala Sirisena.

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.

Description – The government gives a large concession to kerosene as they were used in rural areas in which electricity has not yet been provided.

Consumption of kerosene has increased rapidly in recent times, and it was revealed that they were misused in ways such as using for buses and trucks and mixing illegally with petrol during transportation by rented bowsers.

Hence, it was decided to take necessary steps to cancel the dealership of such dealers who are found guilty in such kerosene misuses.


 

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