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CABINET DECISIONS

Implementation of 1990 Suwasariya Foundation Phase II – the emergency pre-hospital ambulance service in Sri Lanka

At present the 1990 Suwasariya service is being implemented in the Western and Southern Provinces. It has been planned to implement the 1990 Suwasariya emergency pre-hospital ambulance service in other provinces too. The Government of India has agreed to provide US$ 15.02 million grant for the implementation of Phase II of the project. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal put forward by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister, to bear the respective tax expenditure for the implementation of Phase II, until the 1990 Suwasariya Foundation is established.

Implementation of the 2018 Budget proposal regarding the Middle-Income Housing Loan Scheme

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister, to widen the existing loan scheme implemented by the National Housing Development Authority and Urban Development Authority for middle-income families. In accordance with his proposal, middle-income families are facilitated to purchase a house from private sector housing schemes.

Japanese subsidy programme for Human Resources Development Scholarships

As per the request of the Sri Lankan government, the Japanese government has agreed to continue the above programe for four years. In accordance with this programme, it has been proposed to provide 15 scholarships for postgraduate degree courses and two scholarships for PhD courses each year. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister, to sign an agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency to obtain a grant of JPY 265 million.

Relief granted for fishermen who were affected by the construction of the Kalametiya Fisheries Harbour

Twenty-eight fishermen and approximately 644 dependents were adversely affected by the construction of the above harbour. Instead of paying compensation, it has been proposed to provide Rs. 7.8 million worth, 36-feet long, multi-day fishing boats for each fisherman. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera to grant the aforesaid fishing boats and for the government to bear 50 percent of the cost.

Amendment to the Customs Ordinance to operate services at one combined service counter in order to facilitate business activities

The proposal of Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera to advice the Legal Draftsman to draft the proposed amendments to the Customs Ordinance, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Garbage management in coastal areas including the ports in Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal put forward by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister, and the former Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister, to establish a coastal area garbage management committee and to schedule a programme to implement the provisions of the Marine Pollution Prevention Act, National Environment Act and Dengue Prevention Act against those who pollute these areas.

National programme to provide land deeds efficiently to public

A national programme has been launched to provide 1 million grants or licences for those who presently reside on government-owned lands. The main programmes were completed in Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Moneragala and Galle districts. The programmes with respect to the other 21 districts are planned to be completed between May and December 2018. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Land and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka to provide additional Treasury allocations to the Land Commissioner General’s Department.

Establishment of new Village Development Authority with respect to plantation areas

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Upcountry New Villages, Estate Infrastructure and Community Development Minister Palani Digambaram to gazette the New Villages Development Authority Bill and thereafter put it forward for the approval of Parliament.

Procurement for supplying, fixing, checking and operating of railway crossroad security systems

The above contract has been awarded to M/s N-Able (Pvt.) Ltd. and M/s Uni Consultancy Services in Moratuwa University. The implementation of this project was delayed due to various reasons. Therefore the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva to extend the duration of the granted period by 12 months.

Procurement for the service of an international audit company or companies to conduct forensic audit and investigation

In accordance with the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry to Investigate into the Issuance of Treasury Bonds, it has been recommended to conduct a separate forensic audit of the facts mentioned therein. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera to appoint a consultative procurement committee in order to select an expert independent company in this regard.

Effective utilization of the remaining allocations granted for contingent expenditures of rural bridge project

Cabinet approval has been granted to build 35 bridges under the charges mentioned in the Agreement and to build 36m-long temporary bridges in each province using the remaining amounts of allocations for contingent expenses. However, it has been proposed at the National Steering Committee meeting that instead of building nine bridges, it is more suitable to construct 15 temporary bridges at most appropriate places where damage occurred due to floods. The proposal made by Sports, Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustapha was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Training for unemployed graduates

It has been planned to recruit 5,000 graduates for training in July 20l8 and 15,000 in September 2018. They will be paid Rs. 20,000 monthly during the training. The rest of the graduates will be recruited in 2019. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister to implement this training project and to recruit the trainees who qualified under the development officer service minutes for the vacancies in the Development Officer service.

Hosting the 18th International Summit on Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

Cabinet approval has been granted to host the 18th summit of CITES parties, which is to be held from May 22, 2019, to June 3, 2019. The responsibility of organising this summit is transferred to the Buddha Sasana Ministry by the Gazette Notification no 2064 126 dated March 28, 2018. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of, Buddha Sasana Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera to sign the memorandum of understanding between Sri Lanka and CITES Secretariat on hosting this summit.

Immediate steps to control influenza which is spreading in the Southern Province

As per the instruction of the President, the proposal submitted by Acting Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Faizal Casim to provide additional medical and other equipment to the respective hospitals in order to control this disease was approved.

Procurement of fertilizer to be distributed under the Government Fertilizer Subsidy June 2018

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of Agriculture Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to purchase 6,000 metric tons of muriate of potash from M/s Valency International Trading (Pvt.) Ltd at US$ 3 11.74 per metric ton and 18,000 metric tons of urea from M/s Agri Commodities and Finance FZE at US$ 280.90 per metric ton, for distribution in June 2018.


 

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