CABINET DECISIONS | Daily News

CABINET DECISIONS

International Coral Reef Initiative membership

Proponent:- President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister

Description:- Government attention has been drawn to obtain international co-operation to protect coral reefs by obtaining membership of the International Coral Reef Initiative.

Accordingly, the proposal to acquire membership of the aforesaid programme, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Economic co-operation MoU between Sri Lanka and Rwanda

Proponent:- President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister

Description:- The proposal to sign a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) between Sri Lanka and Rwanda on safety and security, with the intention of preparing a structure for capacity-building through enhancing the co-operation in the security field in both countries, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Obtaining private investments under the PPP Partnership for state building construction

Proponent:- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister

Description:- The attention of the government had been drawn to investigate the possibility of obtaining private investments for the construction of government buildings. Accordingly, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) process for construction of buildings for the Health, Education, Higher Education, Skill Development and Vocational Training sectors, was proposed.

In the said process, buildings would be constructed in state-owned lands by private investors and it would be transferred to the government after 10 to 20 years. Until then, the maintenance of the buildings would be carried out by the PPP and the government would pay the installments to the investor, as per the agreement. The proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to call for proposals from private investors for the construction of government buildings in the aforementioned sectors, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Increasing government subsidies for Sisu Sariya, Gami Sariya and Nisi Sariya

Proponent:- Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

Description:- The Sisu Sariya, Gami Sariya and Nisi Sariya bus services would be introduced by the government, to provide transport facilities for rural roads.

Considering the current cost of living and the necessity of encouraging these bus services, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva submitted a proposal to increase the amount of subsidy provided by the government. The Cabinet of ministers approved the proposal.

Installing bonded warehouse facilities for selected Industries

Proponent:- Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Description:- In accordance with this year’s Budget proposals, it had been proposed to provide tax reliefs and facilities required for avoiding delays in custom clearance, while importing capital goods with respect to the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry, dairy-based manufacturing industry and solid waste management and renewable energy production.

Accordingly, the proposal to install bonded warehouses for the above fields, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Conducting co-operative conference on Asian press councils

Proponent:- Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Description:- It had been proposed to conduct a co-operative conference on Asian press councils in Sri Lanka, in October. The said proposal of Minister Samaraweera, to host the above conference which is to be organised by the Sri Lanka Press Council, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

New agreement with ICRC on detention centre observations

Proponent:- Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana

Description:- The knowledge and experience of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is important to Sri Lanka, to modernise the prison system to meet international standards. Accordingly, the proposal of Minister Tilak Marapana, to sign the proposed agreement on co-operation and humanitarian activities, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

MoU on CORs issued to marines between Sri Lanka, Australia

Proponent:- Mahinda Samarasinghe ,Minister of Ports and Shipping

Description:- The proposal of the Ports and Shipping Minister, to enter into an MOU on Certificates of Recognition (CORs) for marines with Australia, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers. Sri Lankan marines are provided employment opportunities on foreign ships due to such agreements.

Introducing fertiliser subsidy for organic paddy farmers during 2018 Yala season

Proponent:- Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera

Description:- Considering the importance of encouraging Organic Agriculture Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera submitted a proposal to Identify the farmers and extent of organic farming lands in Grama Niladhari division vise and to credit the relevant financial subsidy to the bank accounts of the farmers and to adjust this subsidy according to the changes in inorganic fertlhzer price in each Season. Cabinet of Ministers approved the Proposal.

Appointing NSC for programmes implemented under the Presidential Task Force

Proponent:- Housing and Constructions Minister Sajith Premadasa

Description:- The proposal made by Minister Sajith Premadasa, to establish a National Steering Committee (NSC) to implement the five programmes, namely the Prevention of Kidney Deceases, National programme for Environmental Conservation, National Food Programme, National Drug Prevention Programme and the Protect Children National Programme through the Model Village Programme and to submit performance reports every six months, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Providing houses to war victims in North, East

Proponent:- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister

Description:- Cabinet approval had been granted to build 50,000 houses in Northern and Eastern Provinces. A Cabinet-appointed Negotiation Committee had recommended that the proposal be submitted to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for the purpose.

The proposal submitted by the Prime Minister, to take action to implement the aforesaid proposal and construct houses in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar and Mullaitivu, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Providing 45,000 houses to low-income families in North, East

Proponent:- Resettlement, Rehabilitation Northern Development and Hindu Culture Minister D. M. Swaminathan.

Description:- Cabinet of ministers approved the proposal to construct 40,000 permanent houses (650 square feet) using concrete panel technology for low-income families resettled in the Northern and Eastern Provinces.

Motor Traffic Department E-Motoring Project

Proponent:- Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva.

Description:- In accordance with the recommendation of a Cabinet-appointed Standing Procurement Committee, the proposal forwarded by Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to award the contract of preparation, implementation and assignment of an e-motoring project for the Face Technologies-Metropolitan joint venture, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Implementation of Suraksha Medical Insurance Scheme for schoolchildren

Description:- Considering a proposal made by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, the Cabinet of ministers had decided to take action in order to select an insurance company which would provide more benefits for schoolchildren by calling proposals from government insurance institutions.

Amending bus fares with fuel price hike

Description:- Considering the proposal of Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Cabinet approval was granted to increase the minimum bus fair upto Rs. 12 and other bus fares by 12.5 percent with effect from May 22, subject to the condition of not increasing bus fares for two years.


 

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