01. Sugar development project in Bibila (Document No – 07)

Above project is proposed to be implemented providing lands for farmers living in Rambaken Oya Special Economic Region of Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority, for uplifting their living status. The project is to be implemented as a public private partnership with a total foreign investment of USD 152.25 million and it expects to produce 80,000 MT of sugar annually. It has planned to provide 1000 direct employment opportunities and about 75000 indirect employment opportunities. It has also been planned to produce animal food and organic fertilizer as by-products and to implement a subproject for generating 20Mw electricity. The proposal presented for implementing this project by including Bibila and Medagama Divisional Secretary's Divisions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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01.    Purchase of equipments required for Sri Lankan Army troops deployed in peace keeping operations in Mali (Document No – 09)

Sri Lanka has agreed to deploy a troop of army personal in peacekeeping process in Mali, and the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into a loan agreement with the Russian Bank SBERBANK, to fund the purchasing of equipments required for the said troops, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Construction of luxury tourist camps adjacent to Yala National park (Document No – 11)

A land of 07 acres belonged to Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in Palatupana area has been allocated on the above purpose to the Wild Coast Lodge (PVT) Ltd in 2012. The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to provide an additional land of 155 perches on 50 year lease basis to the said company to continue the project and to obtain the approval of the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management and the recommendations of Department of Wildlife Conservation in continuing with construction works, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Handing over the Matale Railway stores to Matale Municipal Council on lease basis to build a Public Market (Document No – 12)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to hand over the Matale Railway stores to Matale Municipal Council on lease basis to build a Public Market for a period of 5 years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Implementation of E-Friends II Revolving Fund (Document No – 16)


The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to implement the above fund using balance funds which were credited to the revolving fund under the 'E-Friends Project – II Loan Scheme' implemented from 2004 to 2010 under the assistance of JICA and Rs. 1300 million allocated by the General Treasury for 2017 in this regard, and to prepare a method to recognize eligible beneficiaries to assure that loans are granted to such beneficiaries to achieve the objectives of this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Implementation of the Sustainable Fisheries Development project in Northern Province (Document No – 20)


It has become a priority need to improve fisheries infrastructure in Northern Province which was affected by conflicts for a long period and accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to implement the above project under the assistance of Asian Development Bank, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Importation of qualitative seeds to improve the productivity of domestic big onion production (Document No – 21)

About 65%-70% of country's onion requirement is imported annually and the National Food Production Programme (2016-2018) has given priority to increase onion production. The annual onion seed requirement is about 40,000 kg but only half of them are produced in Sri Lanka. The rest is imported by private importers and there have been issues reported regarding their quality. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to import 6,200 kg of qualitative onion seeds from National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation in India, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


07.    Award of land ownership and suitable houses to beneficiaries of Hautiville Housing Project under the concept of creating new villages (Document No – 27)


The above project has been implemented in Nuwara Eliya District for providing a better living standard for estate communities and the proposal made by Hon. U. Palani Thigambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, to issue title certificates for 71 beneficiaries of the project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Integrated Road investment programme phase - 2 (Document No – 34)

The ADB has agreed to provide funds to improve about 4000 km of roads in North, Eastern, Uva and Western Provinces. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to proceed with the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Award of two contract packages for civil works under the landslide Disaster protection project of national road network (Document No – 35)

Above project is to be implemented under the funds provided by JICA and the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the contracts for civil works related to activities in 16 places in Central, Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces under contract packages 01 and 02 of the above project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Relocation of Pettah manning Market in Peliyagoda area – Contrition of pile foundation (Document No – 37)

The development of land for the relocation has been finalized and the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to award the contract for the construction of Piling Foundation as its next step as per the recommendations made by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


11.    Sale of paddy stocks of the Paddy Marketing board to address the rice deficit in the market (Document No – 40)

The cabinet has noted that the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs has taken steps to issue 90,958 MT of paddy of the Paddy Marketing Board in district level to private paddy mill owners and Lanka Sathosa to be processed into rice. It further considered that though Lanka Sathosa has already processed the paddy and a kilogram of rice is being traded through Sathosa outlets at Rs. 76/-, private mill owners have still not issued them to the market. The Cabinet has decided to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee to issue the rest stocks in a suitable method and to take action against mill owners who have omitted the issuing of rice stocks to the market.

The Cabinet of Ministers also considered that Government of Indonesia will donate 10,000 MT of rice to Sri Lanka as to a request made by H.E. the President and it will arrive in Sri Lanka soon. It also paid attention to the need of importing rice from neighbouring countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam unless the price of rice is reduced.


12.    Memorandum of Understanding between Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia on diplomatic consultation (Document No – 41)

The proposal made by Hon. Harsha de Silva, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the above MoU between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of two governments during the upcoming visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera to Ethiopia, with the objective of strengthening and developing friendship and cooperation between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Digital summit to be held in Sri Lanka (Document No – 42)


It has been planned to hold a Digital Summit in Sri Lanka on 23rd and 24th March 2017 with the view of making Sri Lanka a global digital hub. It is expected that experts and Executive Officers of prominent companies such as Facebook, Google, Social Capital and Infosys will participate in this event. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to proceed with the activities related to this summit, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    Report on the present status of Gin Nilwala diversion project (Document No – 44)

The General Treasury has released Rs. 3,549 million for the above project from 01-01-2015 to 07-01-2015. The Cabinet Subcommittee appointed to investigate in this regard has observed that paying such a large amount in the beginning of a financial year is abnormal and the recommendation made by the said Cabinet Subcommittee to instruct Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division to launch an investigation in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Implementation of guidelines for maintaining buildings of public institutions as environmental friendly green buildings (Document No – 09)

The cabinet has already approved the guidelines for maintaining buildings in public institutions as green buildings. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to obtain the approval for comprehensive guidelines that include the method of measuring the betterment on environment and the institutional structure required for its implementation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Increasing the awareness of teachers on environmental studies according to the new syllabus (Document No – 10)


As per the various conventions adopted by politicians and environmental organizations environmentally sensitive sections have been introduced to the new syllabus of science subject from grade 6 to 11, with the view of educating students on facing future challenges of climate change. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement a programme to increase the awareness of teachers on environment studies for changing the attitudes of school children regarding the environment, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Providing facilities for medical faculties of the Rajarata and Eastern Universities and Allied health Science faculty of the University of Peradeniya (Document No – 11)

Providing necessary medical equipment for above faculties is a priority need to uplift their standards. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to hold discussions and to enter into an agreement for obtaining a loan at concessionary conditions from a Bank in Austria on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Agreement between Sri Lanka and Australia for development cooperation (Document No – 12)


The two countries hold development cooperation for more than 60 years and a memorandum of understanding has been signed in this regard in 1998. Considering the policy changes occurred in two countries the MoU has been prepared again and, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign the said agreement, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Obtaining additional funds required for Kalu Ganga Development Project (Document No – 13)

The project is currently being implemented under the funding of Saudi Fund for Development, Kuwait Fund for Arabic Economic Development, Opec Fund for International Development, and is scheduled to be completed at 2018. USD 89.85 from the total cost of USD 140.35 has been provided by development partners and about USD 50.5 has to be obtained. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into an agreement with the Kuwait Fund for Arabic Economic Development for obtaining another loan of USD 16.5 for the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Project for developing market facilities in tourism field (Document No – 15)

The government of Australia has presented a proposal to implement the above project investing 12 million Australian Dollars within 04 years. The project aims to attract more international customers related to tourism industry. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to enter into an agreement with the Government of Australia with the financial assistance of Australia for implementing the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Puttalam Integrated tourism development plan (Document No – 16)

Puttalam and Kalpitiya are with a greater potential of developing as a main tourism zone in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to implement a project under the Puttalam Integrated tourism Development Plan within the two years from 2017 to 2018 with the view of developing this area as a sustainable tourism zone, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Hosting the 10th Air Services Negotiation Event of the International Civil Aviation Organization (Document No – 18)

Above organization has been established as a UN representative agency for management and administration of International Civil Aviation Convention which was signed in 1944. Sri Lanka has obtained its membership in 1948. Conference on Aviation Negotiations has been held annually by this organization for providing a platform for all member states to enter into new negotiations in aviation field. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to host the above convention in 2017 to be held in Sri Lanka from 04-08 December 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Allocation of a block of land for the embassy of Palestine (Document No – 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to allocate a land for the Embassy of Palestine for constructing a permanent building in Hewa Avenue, Colombo 07, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    MoU between Academy of Labour and social Relations of the Russian Federation and the National Institute of Labour studies, Sri Lanka (Document No – 21)

National Institute of Labour Studies is operating for implementing researches and training programmes for widening the labour studies field and it expects to keep cooperation with foreign institutions and organizations to achieve its goals. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, to enter in to a MoU between NILS of Sri Lanka and Academy of Labour and social Relations of Russia, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    MoU between UAE and Sri Lanka for cooperation in Higher Education Field (Document No – 22)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Education – Higher Education in United Arab Emirates and Ministry of Higher Education and Highways to strengthen the cooperation in higher education field, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Agreement between Sri Lanka and Iran on Science, technology and innovation (Document No – 24)

The proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to sign the above agreement during his oncoming official visit to Iran from 14 to 17 January 2017 for strengthening the ties related to above fields, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Increasing the annual grant for Sri Lanka Cancer Society (Document No – 27)

Sri Lanka Cancer Society is a volunteer organization established in 1948 to help cancer patients with the contributions of various donors. Its hospice "Shantha Sewana" and "Bandaranaike Memorial Cancer Home provides free of charge treatments for cancer patients. Considering the service rendered by the said society as a volunteer organization, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to increase the annual grant provided to them from Rs. 550,000 to Rs. 2,000,000, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    Amendment to the prevention of mosquito breeding act no. 11 of 2007 (Document No – 28)

Dengue has become a major issue in Sri Lanka and the most fruitful step to face this challenge is to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes. Above act provides the legal framework in this regard and the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amendments to the said act for rectifying deficiencies currently prevailing in the act, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Establishment of Public private partnership division (Document No – 31)

The government has paid its attention to implement its priority projects with public private partnership. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance and Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies & International Trade to setup a separate division under the Ministry of Finance with experts in this field to support and advice the relevant ministry on selection, implementation and management of such projects, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


16.    Providing a land for NIBM to build a new building (Document No – 32)

Currently about 10,500 students participate in courses conducted by National Institute of Business Management in Colombo 07 and the demand for such courses are gradually increasing. However, there is no sufficient space to cater this demand. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, and Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to grant a land of 45 perches belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture and located nearby, to the NIBM, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    Allocation of a land in Denzil Kobbekaduwa Mawatha, Battaramulla to the Department of Divineguma Development (Document No – 36)

The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to release the above land belongs to the Urban Development Authority for building the Head Office of the Department of Divineguma Development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    Implementation of municipal solid waste processing projects in Karadiyana and Muthurajawela areas (Document No – 37)

It has been proposed to implement two projects for generating electricity through waste using the technology of incineration. They are to be implemented under public private partnership and accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to award relevant contracts for investors selected through government's procurement procedure, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Development and improvement of Godigamuwa Tank in Matale District (Document No – 40)

The Godigamuwa Tank has a capacity of about 45 acres feet. The proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to develop and improve the said tank to 202 acres feet at a cost of Rs. 165.9 million for providing irrigation water for 162 families in Dambagalla, Bambaragahawatta, and Halambagahawatta villages in Navula area, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.    Amendment of Irrigation Ordinance No. 32 of 1946 to suit timely necessities (Document No – 41)

Department of Irrigation manages all irrigation related activities in the whole island except Mahaweli area. To perform that responsibility effectively the joint proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, and Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to amend the above ordinance to suit present day needs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.    Extension of expired agreement periods of the furnace oil power plants from six (06) months (Document No – 48)

The proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to extend the agreement periods with following power plants to face the possible electricity deficit caused by drought, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers and approved for six (06) months.


    Ace Power Plant Embilipitiya
    Ace Power Plant Matara
    Heladhanavi Power Plant Puttalam

22.    Procurement of 60 Mw of supplementary power for 06 month period to ensure uninterrupted power supply (Document No – 50)

According to recommendations made by Public Utilities Commission on the above matter, more generation capacity should be added to the national grid. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to purchase generators of about 60 Mw through Open International Competitive Bidding, to be used in short term generation for about six (06) months, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.    Providing relief under emergency disaster conditions to house holders adversely affected by the water leaks of the main tunnel of the Uma Oya Multipurpose development project (Document No – 51)

The Uma Oya project is implemented to provide water for Kirindi Oya basin. A leakage in its main tunnel caused damages to houses and wells have dried in 08 Grama Niladhari Divisions. To make this situation to normalcy, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to provide immediate reliefs such as building new houses for completely damaged houses and provide water supply for free of charge, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.    Implementation of government borrowing programme 2017 (Document No – 53)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to issue Sri Lanka Development Bonds of USD 1,500 million to strengthen the government borrowing programme 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25.    Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure (Special Provisions) Act No. 2 of 2013 (Document No – 54)

A bill to provide provisions for securing the rights of detainees was drafted in 2016 but with comments of some interested parties it was not tabled in parliament and instead a new committee was appointed with representatives of Sri Lanka Bar Association and Attorney Generals Department to prepare a more acceptable draft. According to its recommendations, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislations in this regard and publish in the gazette and subsequently to present it in parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

26.    Policy and Legal framework relating to the proposed counter terrorism Act of Sri Lanka (Document No – 56)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to forward the amended policy and legal framework for introduction of a new counter terrorism law to the observations of the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security and to initiate action to draft suitable legislation with regard to national security of Sri Lanka, Unity and territorial integrity, prevention of terrorism and procedure to be followed in terrorism related offences, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.  Implementation of the national biodiversity strategic action plan – 2016-2022 (Document No – 07)

Sri Lanka has signed the Convention on Biological Diversity prepared in line with the Earth Summit held in 1992 and accordingly Sri Lanka has implemented numerous programmes in this regard from 1992 to 2016. Moreover, the National Biological Intellectual Committee has prepared a National Action Plan that includes numerous programmes to be implemented within 2016 to 2022. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the above action plan prepared with the objectives of conservation of biological diversity, sustainable use of biological resources, and equal distribution of its benefits, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.  Regulation of Tourist Hotels (Document No – 08)

The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to present the directions, orders, and rules in parliament for approval which were published by the Minister in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 1963/28 dated 20-04-2016 under the Tourism Act No. 38 of 2005 with regard to the matters of direction of minimum capacities and facilities for classification of tourist hotels from 1 star to 5 star, decide on licence fees, making provisions regarding the discipline maintained by tourist hotels, registration and issuing licence for tourist hotels, and decide on minimum space and facilities in a tourist hotel, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.  Declaration of national parks, new wildlife sanctuaries and amendment of borders of declared sanctuaries (Document No – 09)

Priority should be given to protect natural forests, wetlands and wildlife in Sri Lanka and to minimize the destruction of animal shelters risked by various illegal activities. Accordingly, the following proposals made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

  • Declare the forest area belongs to Kala Wewa and Balalu Wewa in Kahalla – Pallekele Sanctuary in Anuradhapura and Kurunegala Districts as 'Kala Wewa National Park' and declare its rest forest area in Kurunegala District as 'Kahalla – Pallekele National Park'.
  • Declare 'Kayankarni Marine Natural Reservation' covering the marine area in Pasikuda in Trincomalee District.
  • Declare the forest area around the Kotuattawala Wewa in Nikaweratiya Divisional Secretary's Division in Kurunegala District as the 'Kotuattawala Sanctuary'.
  • Declare Akurala wetland in Hikkaduwa Divisional Secretary's Division in Galle District as 'Akurala Wildlife Sanctuary'.
  • Declare Kodigahakanda forest in Horana Divisional Secretary's Division in Kaluthara District as 'Kodigahakanda Wildlife Sanctuary'.
  • Declare the marine area including the coral reefs which the Kuda Ravana and Maha Ravana lighthouses are located as 'Kuda Ravana Maha Ravana Marine Sanctuary'.
  • Amendment of borders of Madu Ganga Sanctuary in Balapitiya Divisional Secretary's Division in Galle District.

04.  Establishment of National science technology and innovation coordinating authority (Document No – 12)

The proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to establish the above authority to facilitate the coordination of research and development activities administered by 21 line ministries and about 80 research institutions and research centres, with the view of gaining the maximum outcome of investments made on science, technology and innovation for the socio-economic development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.  Proposed National Elderly health policy and strategies (Document No – 14)

Increase in elder population due to increase of expected lifetime and decrease in childbirths is a timely issue faced by Sri Lanka. It is expected that elder population over 60 years of age which is currently 12% will increase to 16% in 2020 and to 29% in 2050. It is essential to properly direct the elderly healthcare services to face this situation. Accordingly, the National Elderly Health Policy presented by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.  National policy on health information (Document No – 15)

When essential health services, prevention and treatment services are provided by government hospitals diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of outcomes, administrative decisions, planning and supervision should be duly performed. Availability of an accurate, reliable and easily accessible, cost effective information system is very helpful in this regard. The health information system in Sri Lanka is mainly consisted of government related information and information of private healthcare providers will be added in the future. Moreover, the existing paper based method of obtaining data should be improved with modern information technology. Accordingly, the National Policy on Health Information prepared according to national health services policy and presented by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.  Development of infrastructures in University of Vocational Technology, Ratmalana (Document No – 17)

About 1,600 students are reading for the Bachelor of Technology degree in the above university and applicants are increasing gradually for thus course. Most of the students are from remote areas and there are no sufficient hostel facilities and a limited space is available in the existing canteen. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to construct a new hostel for providing accommodation for 600 students and a canteen with a seating capacity of 300 and a workshop at an estimated cost of Rs. 927.34 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.  Incorporation of Ceylon German Technical Training Institute (CGTTI) (Document No – 18)

The CGTTI is under the purview of the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and considering the requirement of incorporating it as a separate legal institution the Ceylon German Technical Training Institute Bill has been prepared. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to publish the above bill in gazette and subsequently present in parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.  Upgrading the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel to a degree offering institute (Document No – 20)

The above institute is currently engaged in trainings, quality checking, and provision of industrial and consultancy services in the textile and apparel industry in Sri Lanka. Currently, about 4500 students are following short term and long term courses for offering certificates and diplomas. It has been proposed to upgrade this institution to a degree offering institution with the association of Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India for developing capabilities of students to face the competition in the job market. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the Sri Lanka Institute of Textile and Apparel and Lovely Professional University in Punjab, India, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.  Development of sacred place of Sri Arahantha Maliyadewa Raja Maha Vihara in Vattarama (Document No – 23)

The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to allocate additional funds of Rs. 35 million to complete development of sacred place if Sri Arahantha Maliyadewa Raja Maha Vihara in Vattarama, in the Galigamuwa Divisional Secretary's Division in Kegalle District where the public Vesak Festival in year 2017 is to be held, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.  Recommendations of the Cabinet Subcommittee on the proposed registration of electors (special Provisions) bill (Document No – 24)

Implementation of the Registration of Electors (Special Provisions) Act No. 27 of 2013 has terminated on 19 June 2015 which provided for securing the voting rights of displaced persons who dwelled in temporary settlements due to conflict situations in northern part of the country. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to publish the proposed Registration of Electors (Special Provisions) bill in gazette and subsequently present in parliament for approval which was prepared according to the recommendations of the above Cabinet Subcommittee to extend its validity period for further 04 years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.  Rehabilitation of the Elphinstone Theatre (Document No – 33)

The Elphinstone Theatre which was constructed in 1925 and acquired by the government in 1988 is currently administrated by the Tower Hall Theatre Foundation. It is currently being rehabilitated with a seating capacity of 600 and it will be opened for public within the first quarter of 2017. The proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to obtain required additional allocations to complete its renovations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.  Construction of Value Addition Centres for vegetable and fruits in Sri Lanka (Document No – 36)

The government has taken steps to facilitate local farmers and entrepreneurs to export vegetables and fruits targeting foreign market to conform to standards and requirements of foreign countries. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Daya Gamage, Minister of Primary Industries, to establish 03 Value Addition Centres adjacent to farms with public-private partnership with processing, packing and storing facilities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.  Greater Colombo Water and wastewater management improvement investment programme – project 2 (Document No – 40)

Above project is implemented with the funds provided by Asian Development Bank and Agence Francaise de Developpement. The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the contract of construction of underground reservoir in Gothatuwa with a capacity of 15000 m3, Gothatuwa pumping station and booster pump station and supply and laying of 1200 mm DI pipes under the above project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.  Construction of Siyambalanduwa Water Supply Scheme (Document No – 41)

Above project will supply safe drinking water for 8450 houses in Siyambalanduwa and Muthukandiya areas in Monaragala District. The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the contract for construction of this water supply scheme as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.  'Let's Protect Children' National Programme 2017-2019 (Document No – 44)

The government has identified the need of protecting children from various threats prevailed in the country. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement the 'Let's Protect Children' National Programme within the 03 years of 2017-2019 according to the action plan prepared covering all aspects under the three (03) main sections of prevention of abuse/abduction, health, nutrition and welfare, and personality development, education and life skills, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.  "Balagathu Sri Lankavak" Development plans of the Government (Document No – 45)

The publication titled "Balagathu Sri Lankavak" prepared to increase the awareness of public and public officers regarding economic development plans of the government and the progress gained in implementation of these plans was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

01.    National Programme on prevention of chronic kidney disease – 2016-2018 (Document No – 05)

The Chronic Kidney Disease which became a major non communicable disease in Sri Lanka recently has spread widely in North Central, Uva, North-western, Northern, Central, and Eastern provinces and considerable number of patients have been reported in Southern Province. This disease has caused many social and economic issues. To overcome this situation implementation of a prevention programme, early identification of patients, treatment, welfare of patients and their families, and provision of pure drinking water should be continued. In this regard, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to obtain funds for the national plan on prevention of chronic kidney disease implemented in 2016-2018 by the Presidential Task Force on Prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Declaration of a national integration and reconciliation week (Document No – 11)

The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, to declare the week from 08th to 14th January each year from 2017 as the National Integration and reconciliation week with the view of improving peace, harmony and fraternity among people and to implement various programmes in all schools, media, public and private institutions demonstrating the importance of national integration, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Project for providing recreation facilities around Kumbichchankulama tank, Anuradhapura (Document No – 15)

Although Anuradhapura city has basic infrastructure and common amenities it does not have sufficient space for recreation activities. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to obtain funds for the project to rehabilitate the Kumbichchankulama Tank and develop its surrounding for providing recreational facilities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Construction of a 100 mw solar park in Siyambalanduwa (Document No – 16)

There is currently a global trend in generating electricity through renewable energy sources and a priority has been given to solar power. Accordingly, Solar Power Plants of 11.3 MW are being connected national grid and about 30 MW are being generated under net metering. Various projects have been implemented to improve the use of solar power and it has been planned to construct 03 Solar Parks with 100 MW each. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to perform a feasibility study for construction of a 100 Mw Solar Park in Siyambalanduwa, Monaragala, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Construction of knuckles information centre – Department of forest conservation (Document No – 27)

Construction of a Comprehensive Information Centre was commenced in 2014 in the Knuckles Reservation Forest it has been discontinued with difficulty of obtaining necessary allocations. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to resume its constructions using allocations of Rs. 23 million to be received under the "2016-2018 Punarudaya" Programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Resettlement of families displaced due to the Moragahakanda – Kaluganga Development Project in Medirigiriya Divisional secretary's Division (Document No – 28)

A portion of families displaced under the above project will be resettled in its catchment area and other are to be resettled in an identified lands of 9000 hectares in Medirigiriya area of Mahaweli D Zone. Resettlement development activities are being done covering 04 Grama Niladhari Divisions and it expects to cover the whole divisional secretary's division. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to expand irrigation and settlement development activities in 09 Grama Niladhari Divisions and to do a feasibility study for the rest 32 Grama Niladhari Divisions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Construction of a new rail track from Kurunegala to Habarana via Dambulla (Document No – 29)

An environment impact study has already been done in this regard. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to obtain the service of Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau to assist the Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee with regard to the Technical Proposal presented by the Chinese project proposer, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Development of infrastructure in universities (Document No – 30)

Accommodation facilities to academic and non-academic staff should be provided within universities to retain them in universities outside Colombo.  Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to implement projects for construction of quarters for staff in Universities of Rajarata, Ruhuna, Wayamba, Sabaragamuwa, Eastern and Jaffna, and to construct a four storied (04) building to develop the Jaffna regional centre of the Open University of Sri Lanka, and to completely renovate old buildings in the University of Peradeniya, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Setup an intravenous solution manufacturing plant in Sri Lanka (Document No – 31)

Cabinet of Ministers has already approved the setup of the above plant in Sri Lanka to save a large amount of money spent on pharmaceuticals and other medical equipments and to provide fresh and quality intravenous solutions required for all hospitals in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Construction of a new building for the Homagama Divisional Secretariat (Document No – 33)

The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Pilot project on establishment of a ground water monitoring network covering Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Monaragala Districts (Document No – 34)

Management of ground water in Sri Lanka is very important and obtaining timely data on ground water is essential in this regard. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to award the contract for implementing the above project covering river basins of Malwathu Oya in Anuradhapura District, Maduru Oya in Polonnaruwa District and kumbukkan Oya in Monaragala District as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Financing consultancy services for design review and construction supervision of civil works of extension of southern expressway project (Document No – 41)

Constructions of all 04 phases of extension of Southern Expressway from Matara to Hambantota have commenced in late 2015 and are on progress. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to enter into a framework agreement with the Government of China to obtain a loan of Renminbi Yuan 577 million on the above matter and to enter into a loan agreement with EXIM Bank of China for obtaining the loan, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


13.    'Awakening Rajarata' presidential programme -award of four contracts on highways development under 'let's awaken Polonnaruwa' District Development Programme (Document No – 49)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award following four (04) contracts as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

    Improvement of Manampitiya – Aralaganwila – Maduru Oya road (3.0 km to 33.0 km)
    Improvement and rehabilitation of Dehiattakandiya – Aralaganwila road (0 km to 21.10 km)
    Improvement of Minneriay – Galoya road (0 km to 14.54 km)
    Improvement of Elahera – Giritale road (0 km to 29.0 km)

14.    Expansion of facilities at Monaragala Vocational Training Centre of the National Youth Services Council (Document No – 50)

The above vocational training centre was established in 1987 and no action has been taken to improve its facilities since then. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to construct a new building for lectured halls for conducting 10 courses to train 250 youths focusing on motor mechanism, construction and tourist hotel industries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Importation of rice to control price hike and storage in the domestic market (Document No – 58)


The area of land cultivated in Maha season has decreased due to bad weather condition affected the country. In this case, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to import rice through private sector, to store all rice in bonded warehouses and to issue rice to the market gradually to control the price hike, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

 

01.    Construction of a new building for the use of Army Women's corps (Document No – 07)

The Women's Corps of the army is located in an old building in a land of 92 perches in Kinsey Road, Borella and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to build a new building for their use in the same land at an estimated cost of Rs. 94 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Construct the main sewerage system in Panagoda Army Camp (Document No – 08)

The Panagoda Army Camp established in 1952 consists of 07 regiment centres including Security Force Headquarters (West) Base Hospital, quarters for officers and other rankers. The sewerage system in this camp has decayed and it is meaningless to repair the existing system. Hence, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct a new sewerage system at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Provision of accommodation for other rankers of Sri Lanka Army (Document No – 09)

The lacking of accommodation for other rankers in Army Headquarters and its affiliated institutions and Army Hospital has become an issue. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct a new building for providing such accommodation in a land owned by Sri Lanka Army in Manning Town, Narahenpita at an estimated cost of Rs. 239.12 million was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Dam Safety and water resources planning project (DSWRPP) for future development activities (Document No – 10)

There is a need of an updated national water resources development and management plan and Mahaweli Master Plan has not been updated since 1978. Accordingly, considering the water use in next 30 years 03 water resources plans i.e. National Plan of Water Usage, Updated Mahaweli Water Resources Development Plan, and Integrated Water Resources Development Plan of the Mundeni Aru Basin have been prepared under DSWRPP which was commenced in 2007. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to keep these plans in the Department of National Planning to be used by any institution engaged in development activities in water resource sector, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Training programme on skills development in the gem and jewellery industry (Document No – 11)

The objective of the Gem and Jewellery Research Training Institute is to increase the contribution of the industry in economic development, and accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to expand its training opportunities for providing foreign employment opportunities in this field and for developing the institute as an internationally recognized education institution, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Signing of a Memorandum of understanding between Sri Lanka and Tajikistan on cooperation in tourism field (Document No – 14)

The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to sign the above MoU during the Sri Lankan visit of Tajikistan President on 13-15 December 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Signing of a Memorandum of understanding between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan on political consultations (Document No – 15)

The proposal made by Hon. Harsha de Silva, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the above MoU during the Sri Lankan visit of Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on 13-15 December 2016 on increasing bilateral relations and cooperation in political, economic, trade, scientific, technological and cultural fields, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Signing of a Memorandum of understanding between Sri Lanka and Tajikistan on development of sports (Document No – 52)

The proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to sign the above MoU during the Sri Lankan visit of Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon on 13-15 December 2016 on development of sports sector in the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    The National Policy on elimination of child labour in Sri Lanka (Document No – 16)

Sri Lanka has agreed to eliminate child labour at Global Child Labour Conference in 2010 held at Hague, Netherland and there has been a decrease of 50% in use of child labour from 2008/2009 to 2015/2016 indicating the ability of eliminating child labour in Sri Lanka. Moreover, the above national policy is essential in regaining the GSP+ of European Union. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon.  W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, to adopt and implement the said policy, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Construction of a safety centre for providing temporary accommodation for people affected by disasters (Document No – 17)

The Badulla District has been recognized by the National Building Research Organization as a landslide prone district and a safety centre for providing accommodation for victims is being required. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to acquire a land of half an acre from the Balangoda Plantation Company for the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Construction of a building for the Out Patients department of National Hospital (Document No – 19)

The National Hospital of Sri Lanka (NHSL) is the biggest hospital in South East Asia which comprises of 3300 beds and located in a land of 32 acres in Colombo area. Out Patients Department (OPD) of NHSL is still located in the building which it was initiated in 1948 and its infrastructures are not sufficient in providing a good service for more than 5000 patients arriving daily to the OPD. It has been planned to construct a new OPD with assistance from People's Republic of China, and accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to enter into an agreement with the government of China for implementing this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Establishment of Millewa Industrial cluster as phase I of the proposed Horana Industrial Township Development (Document No – 22)

It has been proposed to establish two industrial towns in Horana and Mirigama under the Western Megapolis plan. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to establish the Millewa Industrial Cluster as the Phase I of Horana Industrial Township Development Project on public-private partnership and to transfer required lands from Land Reforms Commission to Urban Development Authority, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Establishment of multipurpose Fishery Harbours in the areas of Uduppuwa, Delft, madagal and Chalei (Document No – 27)

The government plans to establish multipurpose fishery harbours covering fishery, commercial and tourism sectors. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to enter into a MoU with a Korean Company to undertake a feasibility study free of charge for establishment of fishery harbours with required facilities in Uduppuwa area in North-western Province and Delft, Madagal and Chalei areas in Northern Province, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    Improvement of Flood protection bunds in Kelani River (Document No – 32)

About 2/3 of the basin of Kelani River faces frequent floods which are in Colombo and suburbs. It has been observed that several weak points are in the flood protection dams at the flood situation in May 2016. The main reason for this was identified as activities of illegal residents. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to implement a project of improving flood protection dams of Kelani River at an estimated cost of Rs. 1000 million was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Construction of Mullaitivu Police Station (Document No – 39)

Priority has been given to constriction of new buildings for Police Stations and improvements to existing stations under the programme to maintain law and order in Northern Province. The cabinet has approved the building of a new building for the Mullaitivu Police Station in 2014 instead of the rented building but the constructions have been delayed. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to initiate its constructions with immediate effect, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.    Colombo National Highways Project – Improvement of road section from Godagama to Bope (16.740 km to 28.004 km) in Kotte – Bope road (B240) (Document No – 46)

Above project is funded by the Opec Fund for International Development. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    Colombo National Highways Project – Improvement of road section from Kottawa to Moragahahena (1.0 km to 15.48 km) in Kottawa – Thalagala road (B239) (Document No – 47)

    Above project is funded by the Opec Fund for International Development. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    'Awakening Rajarata' presidential programme -award of three contracts on highways development under 'let's awaken Polonnaruwa' District Development Programme 2016-2020 (Document No – 46)

    The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the contracts for development of a road section of 7.5 km with 4 lane tracks in Polonnaruwa urban area of Habarana – Batticaloa road (B529), improvement of 13.6 km of Dambulla – Bakamuna – Kalagahawela road (B615) and for widening and laying carpets in a road section of 5.06 km from Polonnaruwa to Polonnaruwa new town as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Budget Financing 2016 and 2017 (Document No – 53)

There are local sources such as issuing government securities as well as foreign sources such as Foreign Currency Banking Units of state banks, foreign currency term financing facility, and international sovereign bonds. Such diversified options will enable low cost financing and will allow access of different investor communities who wish to invest in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to appoint a steering committee and a technical evaluation committee comprised of officers from General Treasury, Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, and Central Bank of Sri Lanka, to proceed with a Foreign Currency Term Financing facility within the approved borrowing limit for 2017,  was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.    Relocation of Kolonnawa-Kelanitissa 132 kV transmission line and Biyagama-Kelanitissa 220 kV Transmission line to facilitate construction of the proposed new bridge over the Kelani River (Document No – 54)

Above transmission lines should be relocated to construct the proposed six lane bridge that connects with Colombo-Katunayake Expressway. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to award the contract of relocating transmission lines as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Proposal on liquidation of Rakna araksha Lanka Ltd (Document No – 10)


The Rakna Lanka Ltd was established as an government affiliated security service to provide security to special institutions such as economic targets, public institutions, and private institutions considering the then security status in the country as army officers who provided such security had to be deployed in process of maintaining law and order in the country. With the present peaceful situation in the country it has been observed that such firm is unnecessary. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to assign the tasks of providing security in land to Civil Security Department and in sea to Sri Lanka Navy and to proceed with liquidation of the company according to the guidance of Attorney General, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Introduction of a new act to prevent the access of dangerous invasive species of plants and animals into the country (Document No – 12)


Sri Lanka is a major country which has a rich biodiversity. Hence it is essential to conserve inherited species of plants and animals. It has been observed that prevailing laws are insufficient in controlling the threat faced in this regard from invasive species. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft new legislation enabling the prevention of bringing such invasive species into the country and destroying such prevailing species, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Construction of tunnel of the Upper Elahera Canal Project implemented under the Mahaweli Water Security Investment Programme (Document No – 13)

Objective of the first phase of the above programme is to provide Mahaweli water for cultivation, drinking water and commercial needs in North-central and North-western Provinces. It has been planned to construct a canal from Moragahakanda reservoir to Hurulu wewa with a length of 65.5 km that can take 974 million cubic metres per year. As a section of about 26 km of this canal is to be built across Girithale and Minneriya sanctuaries, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to constrict the canal as a tunnel to minimize its affect to the environment, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Directions for regulating Sea Turtle Conservation Studies Centres (Document No – 14)


All sea turtles in Sri Lanka have been declared as strictly protected reptiles and keeping such a turtle is a punishable offence. Private turtle conservation centres that breed eggs in artificial nests and release them back to the sea were operated specially in Southern Coast since 1980s. About 15 such centres are currently operated. The proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to publish the directions made under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance in the gazette making provisions for regulating such centres by registering them in the Department of Wildlife Conservation and obtaining an annual license, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Purchase of a land to construct a hostel for students of Institute of Indigenous medicine (Document No – 17)


The government's policy is to provide hostel facilities to all eligible students at 2018. All students in Institute of Indigenous Medicine in Rajagiriya, which is under the University of Colombo, have been provided hostels but in rented houses with low facilities. Hence, it has identified that constructing a hotel in a purchased land is more suitable. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to purchase a land of 62 perches within the Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte urban council area at a cost of Rs. 99.5 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    North-western five year Corporate plan (Document No – 18)

The responsibility of coordinating, policy making and implementation of economic and infrastructure development projects in North-western Province is vested with the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs. Accordingly, the five year corporate plan – 2017-2021 prepared with the participation of all parties covering the fields of agriculture and irrigation, livestock, fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, human resources development, investment promotion and industrial development, and rural infrastructure development, was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs.


07.    Making relief to aged and ailing artistes (Document No – 19)


The Department of Cultural Affairs implemented an aiding programme for aged and ailing low income artistes who have sacrificed their lives in arts field and currently 1,019 artistes are being paid an annual aid of Rs. 5,000/-. Considering the present economic status, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to increase the amount of the aid to Rs. 10,000/- from year 2017 and to increase the number of beneficiaries to 5,000, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Establishment of the Multimodal Transport hub in Battaramulla (Document No – 20)


The traffic congestion in Battaramulla area with relocating all administrative bodies in the area should be reduced. It has been proposed to establish multimodal transport facilities such as bus, light rail transits, elevated highways, and internal water transportation to cater the increasing demand. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to implement mixed development project adjacent to 'Suhurupaya' with public private partnership including multimodal transport hub, office spaces of 113,000 square feet, residential flats of 33,000 square feet, commercial spaces of 60,000 square feet, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Relocation of Manning Market Pettah in Peliyagoda area (Document No – 21)


The Manning Market is to be relocated in Peliyagoda area and use the space vacated for building the main building of Multi Mode Transport Hub proposed to be established under the Western Megapolis Plan. The required constructions to relocate about 1,200 traders in the market are in progress in a land owned by the State Engineering Corporation. However, the construction of Multi Mode Transport Hub should be commenced without a delay and it is required to relocate traders as soon as possible. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development and Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to obtain an adjacent land owned by the State Engineering Corporation of about 06 acres in Peliyagoda area on 03 years lease basis, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Promotion of Aquaculture in commercial level (Document No – 25)


The government expects to develop aquaculture and gain an income of USD 425 million at 2020. Hence National Aquaculture Development Authority plans to attract investors who are engaged in commercial level aquaculture with modern technology. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to identify suitable water sources in freshwater and seawater and to provide them to investors as recommended by the Cabinet Subcommittee appointed in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Reconstruction of Madulla, Bingoda, Kollewatta reservoir (Document No – 31)


The above reservoir is used by aborigines for cultivations and they had requested for a long time to reconstruct this reservoir. It has been planned to uplift the living status of the residents by reconstruction of the tank and through a sustainable irrigation management. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to implement the proposed project for construction of a reservoir across Kollewatta Aru a branch of Unnachchi Aru at an estimated cost of Rs. 320 million, after an environmental impact study, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Provision of land ownership and proper housing for plantation community (Document No – 36)


There are 256,533 families in estates of Regional Plantation Companies and 9025 families in state owned estates and only 33000 houses have been constructed for them and others live in line rooms and small temporary houses. On the government's policy of providing ownership to public the joint proposal made by Hon. U. Palani Thigambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, and Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Land, to provide freehold and bankable lands of 7 perches each for legal residents and to release identified lands from plantation companies and other public institutions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Prevention of harassment against women in workplace and empowerment of women (Document No – 37)


Sri Lanka is bound to take actions to eliminate violence against the women in workplaces according to the international conventions it has entered. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, to appoint committees of senior officials in each ministry to eliminate gender based violence in all workplaces, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


14.    Improvement of Police Information and Communication System (Document No – 40)


Although the implementation of the PICS was approved by the Cabinet in 2013 its scope should be amended due to recent technological developments. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to appoint a steering committee with the agreement of the Ministry of Finance and to reserve a permanent range of frequency to use digital equipments instead of analogue equipment from the Telecommunications Regulation Commission, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Award of Contracts for construction of buildings in Universities of Jaffna and Wayamba (Document No – 47)


The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award contracts for construction of gymnasium of the University of Jaffna and buildings for a laboratory and for Faculty of Agriculture and Cultivation Management as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.    Deduru Oya Water Supply Project, award of plant and design – build contract (Document No – 48)


The above project expects to provide safe drinking water for residents in 97 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Maho and Polpithigama Divisional Secretary's Divisions in Kurunegala Districts. It will provide pipe water connections to 18150 houses and will benefit 90800 persons. The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the above project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    Establishment of small scale solar power plants under the 2nd stage of Soorya Bala Sangramaya (Document No – 51)


There has been a great demand by investors to construct solar power plants but it had been estimated that only 60 Mw could be added to the national grid in this year. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to implement a new project as Soorya Bala Sangramaya – stage 2 for providing investors to construct solar power plants of 01 Mw each in a transparent manner, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    Construction of Nuwara Eliya High Altitude Sports Complex (Document No – 53)


Practicing in a high altitude sport complex will provide a good tolerance to athletes and it has been proposed to construct such a sports complex in a location situated 1895m high above sea level for providing such facilities to local athletes as well as to earn foreign exchange by providing such facilities to athletes in neighbouring countries. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to enter into an agreement with the selected France Company to construct the above sports complex, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Signing of bilateral Memorandums of Understanding during the upcoming Malaysian official visit of the President (Document No – 63)


The proposal made by Hon. Harsha de Silva, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the following MoUs with the Government of Malaysia during the President Maithripala Sirisena's official visit scheduled on 15-17 December 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

    MoU on cooperation in tourism
    MoU on cooperation in the field of trainings, researches, and public administration
    MoU between Sri Lanka Agricultural Research Policy Council and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute
    MoU between the Ministry of Plantation Industries in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities in Malaysia
    MoU on cooperation in the field of cultural, arts and heritage
    MoU on cooperation in the field of youth development

20.    Appointment of a ministerial subcommittee to inspect on implementation of Gin-Nilwala Diversion Project (Document No – 65)


Above project has been commenced as per the Cabinet approval granted in 2014. Accordingly the contract was awarded to Chinese Company at a cost of USD 696 million. However, the project has not been implemented as the activities of the loan agreement with China EXIM Bank have not been finalized. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee to investigate the following matters and to appoint a Committee of Officials to assist the process, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


    Whether the contract agreement can be implemented without any additional cost to the government
    Assess the negative impact and costs if one party wants to terminate the agreement, unilaterally 
    Whether those officials involved have violated any financial regulations, government procedures and circular instructions
    How to recover the advance payment without any adverse implications

21.    Joint Cabinet Memorandum of Ministerial Committee on Development of Hambantota Prot (Document No – 67)


The joint proposal made by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, and Hon. Sarath Amunugama, Minister of Special Assignment, to develop Hambantota Port with a public private partnership with the China Merchants Port Holdings, and to enter into a framework agreement with the said investor, based upon the final decision made at the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.    Achievement of National Sustainable development vision 2030 in Sri Lanka (Document No – 68)


Achievement of sustainable development always depends on multilateral sector aims, and follow-up and evaluation is important in this regard.  Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee comprised of 05 Cabinet Ministers and a Panel of Intellectuals to assist the activities of preparing the National Sustainable development vision 2030 on the influence of 17 fields of UN sustainable development goals, identification of achievable development level at 2030, preparation of a timeframe, identification of roles of public, private and civil organizations in this regard, progress review, and review and update of sustainable development goals and strategies etc., was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

It has been proposed to establish an internal airline service according to the criteria of International Civil Aviation Authority. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to call for proposals from eligible private investors to select a suitable investor for commencing such an airline service with the Sri Lanka Air Force, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02. Establishment of the National Defence College (Document No – 09)

A National Defence College is proposed to be established in Sri Lanka with the view of connecting Sri Lanka with the world strategically, gathering Sri Lankan and foreign academics in one knowledge hub, and providing a proper training for military and civil officers on defence strategies and methods. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to use the 'Mumtaz Mahal' premises, which was the former official residence of the Speaker by undertaking required renovations in this regard considering the importance of locating it around Colombo, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Development of 'Ranaviru resource Centre' Hendala, which provides vocational training for disabled war heroes (Document No – 10)

The Ranaviru Resource Centre in Hendala was established since 2010 for providing vocational training for disabled war heroes. It undertakes more than 09 vocational training courses with its current infrastructure. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to develop this resource centre by constructing 05 new buildings and providing infrastructure for 15 courses, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Prohibition of touting in the airport (Document No – 12)

Passengers as well as the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd face many difficulties due to illegal touting in the arrival lobby and porch area of the airport on providing transport, exchange of currency and loading packages. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to amend the Civil Aviation Act No. 14 of 2010, to prevent this situation as the prevailing legislation is insufficient in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Implementation of priority water supply projects in Western Megapolis Area (Document No – 13)

Government's priority concern is on providing utility services to increasing population in the Western area. A portion of 97.3% of population has the access to safe drinking water and 57.5% of it is provided by pipe water. Existing 19 water treatment plants in the area treats about 1,078,520 cubic metres of water daily. It is expected to be increased to 2,200,000 cubic metres in 2030 to the requirement of a population of 8.7 million; hence, new water supply projects should be implemented. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to proceed with the activities of 05 new water supply projects covering the areas of Colombo and suburbs, Mirigama Industrial City, proposed aero city in Mirigama, Divulapitiya, Homagama, Horana, and surroundings, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Amendment of the Quarantine and prevention of diseases ordinance (Document No – 15)

It is essential to setup the legal framework in Sri Lanka to facilitate prevent the plaguing of communicable diseases from country to country in a background of increasing global relations through international travel, trade, tourism and labourer migration. International Health Regulations 2005 signed by Sri Lanka provides for taking steps relevant to public health on prevention of internationally transmitting diseases. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to make necessary amendments to the Quarantine and prevention of diseases Ordinance which is the legislation related to implementation of IHR in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Construction of a new building for the National Lotteries Board (Document No – 16)

The National Lotteries Board provides a large contribution to the consolidated fund of the government and its head office is located in a building rented for about Rs. 17.5 million annually, and its space is insufficient for its operations. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to construct a new building for the NLB in a land in Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02 owned by the NLB, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Construction of a hostel for the German Tec students (Document No – 18)

At present 10 fulltime courses are being conducted in Lanka German Technical Training Institute, and about 2000 students around the island are following these courses and it is expected to increase the number of students from 200 at the end or 2017. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to construct a 05 storied hostel at an estimated cost of Rs. 280 million, to provide accommodation for 1000 students, for providing safer accommodation for students, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Improvement of new utilities and infrastructure required for western region Megapolis (Document No – 19)

It is expected that there will be an increased demand for essential utility services such as transport, electricity, water, drainage and waste disposal with the implementation of the main plan of the Western Region Megapolis project. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to take following actions to face this challenge, was approved as a policy by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Improvements to road system

 Extension of Baseline Road to Galle Road.
 Extend the Polduwa – Koswatta Road, which is under construction to Kelaniya via Kolonnawa.
 Widening the road section of 120 bus route from Pamankada Bridge to W.A. Silva Mawatha.
 Construction of a new express transport way from multimodal transport hub in Makumbura to Mahenawatta Science and Technology City.
 Construction of new flyovers in Kohuwala junction and Railway crossing near Castle Hospital.
 Construction of multimodal transport hubs in Battaramulla, Katunayake, Kadawatha, Moratuwa, and Panadura and regularizing the bus service reaching the town.
 Extension of proposed elevated road from Kelani Bridge to Rajagiriya via Orugodawatta to outer circular highway covering Battaramulla administrative city.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Highways has already taken steps to implement some of these activities.

Solid Waste Management

 Improvement of municipal solid waste disposal yards using sorting or burning technology.

Affirmation of required water supply

 Development of big reservoirs in Seethawaka Ganga and Wee Oya which are branches of Kelani River to meet the demand.
 Use of recycled waste water for non-drinking purposes.
 Desalinate of sea water using electricity in off peak hours.

10. Providing a land for construction of head office of Sri Lanka Amarapura nikayabhiwurdhi dayaka sabhawa (Document No – 20)

There are about 3700 temple of Amarapura Nikaya in the country and about 12000 monks reside in them. As a request made by the Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikayabhiwurdhi Dayaka Sabhawa, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to donate a land of 02 roods and 4.2 perches owned by the Urban Development Authority located in Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital Road, Thalapathpitiya as a free grant to construct its head office, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Obtaining a land to construct District Sports Complex in Dadella (Document No – 22)

A land of 17 acres in Dadella area has been selected to be developed as a public sports stadium as the Galle Public Stadium has been converted into an international cricket stadium. Its construction has been commenced and a 400 m long running track and a swimming pool will be constructed. The joint proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, and Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to obtain an amount of Rs. 400 million from the General Treasury to complete the acquisition of land to complete the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Commence a factory for production of electricity meter enclosures (Document No – 25)

More than 250,000 meter enclosures required for the CEB and LECO are obtained through competitive bidding and shortages in market may cause delays in fulfilling consumer demands. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to establish a factory to produce meter enclosures in Galigamuwa Industrial Zone in Kegalle through the Sri Lanka Energies Private Limited owned by CEB and to supply its products to CEB and LECO, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Protecting houses of the Sobhasiripura Housing Scheme from the threat of landslide (Document No – 31)

The National Building Research Organization has pointed out that a considerable number of houses in the above housing scheme are under the threat of landslides. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to obtain necessary allocations from the General Treasury to implement preliminary action required to protect these houses, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Proposed Memorandum of Understanding for provision of employment in Malaysia to Sri Lankans (Document No – 35)

The cabinet has approved the signing of a MoU between the two countries to prepare a method to provide employment to Sri Lankans in Malaysia (in 2015). The proposal made by Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment, to sign the prepared MoU between the Ministry of Human Resources of Malaysia and Ministry of Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Construction of a new national school with multi-ethnic and trilingual education in Polonnaruwa District (Document No – 36)

The Cabinet has already approved the construction of a new school which has classes from grade 6 in Kaduruwela at an estimated cost of Rs. 1200 million as the Polonnaruwa Royal College is insufficient to provide access to all students who pass grade 5 scholarship examination. The government of Sri Lanka bears Rs. 900 million of the cost while the rest Rs. 300 million will be provided by the Government of India. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to sign a MoU with the Republic of India for obtaining the said grant and to implement its constructions with the coordination of the Ministry of Education, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Allocation of 100 housing units to Sri Lanka Police from the "Nila Sevana" project at Wekunagoda, Galle (Document No – 39)

The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to allocate treasury allocations of Rs. 333 million to Sri Lanka Police to allocate 100 housing units for police officers in the ranks of Police Constable, Police Sergeant, and Inspector of Police from the above housing project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Procuring 40-46 seater (2x2) high back 1000 new buses for SLTB (Document No – 42)

Although bids were called to repair 1000 buses of the SLTB the cost of repairing is closer to the price of a new bus. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to holt the project of repairing 1000 buses and instead purchase 40-46 seater (2x2) high back 1000 new buses, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Establishment of a research and training complex at the faculty of agriculture, University of Jaffna (Document No – 43)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the contract for providing consultancy services to the above project, which is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Improvement of Badulla – Chenkalady road – road sections from Badulla to Passara and Passara to Lunugala (Document No – 44)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award contracts for improvement of road sections from Badulla to Passara (20 km) and Passara to Lunugala (21 km) funded by the Opec Fund for International Development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Completion of partially completed projects in Tangalle, Angunakolapelessa, and Middeniya (Document No – 46)

The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to complete the projects of constructing commercial complexes in Tangalle and Angunakolapelessa, and Middeniya urban development project, at an estimated cost of Rs. 60.8 million through contractors selected through competitive procurement method, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Greater Colombo Transmission and Distribution loss reduction project (Document No – 47)

The above project is implemented under loan assistance of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to award the contract of supply of specialized vehicles for distribution works under the package 3 of the project, as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Construction of two wind power plants in Chunnakam (Document No – 48)

The government has paid its attention on generating a larger portion of electricity requirement by renewable energy sources and it is proposed to establish solar and wind power plants. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to award the tenders of establishing two (02) wind power plants of 10 Mw each in Chunnakam, as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23. Construction of Wattala Court Complex (Document No – 50)

The Cabinet has already approved the implementation of the first phase of the above project through the Sri Lanka State Engineering Corporation at an estimated cost of Rs. 156.18 million. The functions of the Wattala court are currently done in a part of the Court Complex, Mahara. This project should be completed immediately to provide a good service to residents around Wattala area. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to award the second phase of the above project to the Sri Lanka State Engineering Corporation at an estimated cost of Rs. 148.29 million on the basis of design and built, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24. Provision of Office Allowances and increase parliament sitting allowance for members of parliament (Document No – 54)

The proposal made by Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, to present a proposal to the parliament for provision of a monthly office allowance of Rs. 100,000 to maintain an office for each parliamentarian including national list MPs from January 2017, and to increase the current parliament sitting allowance from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2500, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25. Sand nourishment project in Marawila beach (Phase II) (Document No – 57)

The above project has been commenced and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to nourish an additional area in Thalwila beach in Marawila by pumping additional 400,000 cubic metres of sand using balance allocations in 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

26. Construction of a building to the Attorney General's Department (Document No – 58)

The Cabinet has already approved the construction of a new building in the Superior Courts Complex and its basic activities have been completed. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to award the contract for completing its balance work as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

27. Extending the concessionary period of the additional charge for delay in applying for registration of transfer at the change of possession of motor vehicles till 31-12-2016 (Document No - 59)

The 03 months concessionary period granted under the approval of the cabinet expires on 30-11-2016. A large number of people arrive at the Department of Motor Traffic in this regard causing a very busy situation in department's duties. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to extend this concessionary period from another month till 31-12-2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Continuation of Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat (Document No – 06)

The government has paid its attention on restructuring anti-corruption institutional structure and it has been proposed to establish a fully powered Serious Fraud Office in Sri Lanka which is similar to the Serious Frauds Office in United Kingdom. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to continue the operations of the above secretariat which was established in 2015 until such a Serious Fraud Office is introduced, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Implementation of the Third phase of the Army Hospital (Narahenpita) Project (Document No – 07)

The relocation of the Army Hospital in Narahenpita area which was earlier located in Army Headquarters has finished its first and second stages. It has been planned to build three building complexes for providing medical facilities, accommodation for medical officers and other officers, storage facilities, and maintenance facilities under its third phase. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to implement the third phase of the said project at an estimated cost of Rs. 7,088.32 million and to commence its constructions in 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Explore and assessment of gem deposits in Sri Lanka (Document No – 09)

It has been assessed that gem deposits are spread in around 70% of land in Sri Lanka but only 10% of them are used in mining activities. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement Project for explore and assess gem deposits in Sri Lanka within 2017 and 2021 which is planned with the view of introducing a comprehensive database with illustration on gem deposits, introducing proper methods for gem mining, and preparing guidelines for a sustainable gem mining industry, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Protection and progress of domesticated elephants (Document No – 10)

People are legally permitted to keep domesticated elephants by obtaining an annual license after registering in the Department of Wildlife Conservation under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. The proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to declare the regulations prepared under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, for formalizing the way to maintain the places elephants are kept, maintaining their health, responsibilities of their owners and caretakers, caring of baby elephants born to such female elephants, deploying elephants in work, reproduction, using for perahera and video shootings, and attires for elephants,  was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Increasing the fine for persons who run buses without a valid passenger service permit (Document No – 11)

The need to tighten laws against persons who run buses without a valid passenger service license has occurred for secure the passengers from dangerous situations and to develop the quality of bus services. Hence, the Cabinet has already approved the increasing of the minimum fine charged by a Magistrate's Court from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 200,000 for running a bus without the valid passenger service permit. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to present the National Transport Commission (Amendment) Bill in parliament drafted for providing provisions for the above purpose by amending the article 40 of the National Transport Commission Act No 37 of 1991, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Introduction of Global Positioning System (GPS) for efficient and secure operation of trains (Document No – 12)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to procure and install a Train Operating and Information System based on GPS system that enebles to monitor the definite location and speed of trains from the Ministry of Defenece and implement it connected with the current Train Time Keeping System with the objective of benefiting the Sri Lanka Railway and passengers, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Presenting the 204th recommendation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) to the parliament (Document No – 15)

The proposal made by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, to present the 204th recommendation of the ILO on transforming from informal economy to formal economy adopted at its 104th session held in 2015 to the parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    National quality policy (Document No – 16)

The firs quality policy was implemented in 1998 for increasing the quality of goods and services in Sri Lanka. The proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to implement the newly prepared National Quality Policy considering objectives of the government in this regard and focusing on facts presented in opinion polls conducted covering the fields of health, education, roads, transportation, and trade and commerce, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Establishment of Sri Lanka Institute of Digital Health Innovation and Commercialization (Document No – 17)

The aggregation of genomic medicine and information and communication technology is called the Digital Health and it is making a great revolution in the health sector. The global investment in digital health shows a great increase in recent past and the future of health sector depends on digital health innovation. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to establish the Sri Lanka Institute of Digital Health Innovation and Commercialization, with public private partnership that enables to cooperate with reputed commercial and research organizations for gaining maximum benefits for the health sector in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    sHErbal cultivation project implemented to promote production of high standard medicinal raw materials for Ayurvedic medicine (Document No – 18)

About 60% of raw materials requirement is imported. As a measure, budget 2016 proposed to introduce the short-term herbal cultivation. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to impelement the above project in Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Monaragala, and Galle Districts, and to purchase the produced raw materials through the sales network of Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Revision of fees charged by the Department of Registrar of Companies (Document No – 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to present the gazette issued by him bearing number 1990/12 and dated 25-10-2016 to parliament for approval, regarding the revision of above mentioned fees under the provisions of Companies Act no. 7 of 2007 and Societies Ordinance No. 16 of 1891 amended by the act No. 11 of 2005, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    seed and planting material development project (Document No – 23)

It has been observed that use of quality seed and planting material helps in increasing quality and productivity of harvest. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to implement seed and planting material projects using lands owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and its affiliated institutions which are not used for any productive purpose, for the sustainability of agriculture and food safety, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Provide for Pre trial procedure for minimizing the number of cases (Document No – 24)

The public faces many difficulties with delaying of trials and still there are many trials delayed in courts though various measures have been taken time to time in this regard. The Cabinet has already approved the introduction of Pre Trial Procedures. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament for approval the Civil Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill drafted by the Legal Draftsman and cleared by the Attorney General, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    Amendment of the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act (Document No – 25)

The Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No. 25 of 2002 provides for international mutual assistance in combating transnational crimes. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to amend the above act recognizing the recent developments in transnational crimes such as money laundering, bribery as stipualated by the 16th article of the United Nations Convention on Bribery and Corruption, crimes related to computers and data, reflecting the Sri Lanka's responsibility in fighting transnational crimes and confiscation of properties earned by such crimes, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Initiating public consultation process on media standards and entitlement (Document No – 27)

It has been proposed to establish an independent board to regulate the contents of news published in print media,m broadcasting media (radio and television), and registered websites with the view of promoting professionalism and ethics securing the free, independent and plurality media culture. The proposal made by Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, to obtain public opinion formally in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.    Land subsidence at Achchuveli, Jaffna District (Document No – 32)

A land subsidence in agricultural lands in Achchuveli, Jaffna has been reported. As the lands in these areas are created of limestone they tend to create cavities and caverns. The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to conduct a study by the National Building Research Organization enebleing the decision making on land utilization of the area, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    sImproving Residential facilities for officers of Police Special Task Force (Document No – 33)

The lack of accommodation facilities to STF officers deployed in Colombo and suburbs has become an issue. The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to construct a new three storied barrack to provide accommodation for 250 officers at an estimated cost of Rs. 74.9 million by removing an old barrack in Gonahena Camp premises, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    Purchase of sports shoes for Sri Lanka Army (Document No – 35)

The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to award the contract for purchasing of 200,000 sports shoes for Sri Lanka Army as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Procurement of required equipment for the Combat Convoy Battalion in Mali (Document No – 36)

Sri Lanka expects to deploy a Combat Convoy Battalion for UN peace keeping operations in Mali and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to award the contract for purchasing demining and explosive ordnance disposal equipment as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.    Contract for system rehabilitation for reduction of non revenue water generation in south part of the Colombo city (Document No – 37)

The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the above contract of the project no. 2 of the Greater Colombo Water and Waste Water Management Improvement Investment Programme implemented under assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee with the view of reducing water leakages and non revenue water, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.    Construction supervision Contract for non revenue water management (Document No – 38)

The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the above contract of the project no. 1 of the Greater Colombo Water and Waste Water Management Improvement Investment Programme implemented under assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee with the view of reducing water leakages and non revenue water, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.    Supply of I.V. Cannula (with injection port and without injection port) in various sizes (Document No – 39)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above tender as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.    Procurement for supply of 820,000 of blue base dry imagine films (35 cm x 43 cm) to be used in x-ray machines in government hospitals (Document No – 40)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above tender as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.    Purchase of medicine used for volume replacement of the patients with hypovolaemia (Document No – 41)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above tender to purchase 7,200,000 bottles of 500 ml Sodium Chloride Intravenous Infusion BP 0.9% w/v or Sodium Chloride Injection USP 0.9% w/v, as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25.    Establishment of a national border management committee (Document No – 46)

Control of boarders of a country is extremely important in its national security. People and Goods exchanged across the Sri Lankan Border is gradually increasing at it is expected that it will reach 10 million persons and 200 million kilograms of goods at 2020. Hence, it is important to properly manage the tasks conducted across the border for maintaining national security, social style and economic prospect of the country. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to establish a National Border Management Committee which is comprised of senior officers/policy makers of government to act as the government's central body for assessment of risks, priorities, and aims in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


26.    Improvement of Urban Interconnected roads (Document No – 49)

It is essential to develop interconnected roads to reduce the traffic congestion and regional transport infrastructure development in Western Province. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to improve 26 damaged interconnected roads with a total length of 30 km in Colombo, Moratuwa, Mahara and Avissawella areas by laying carpet at an estimated cost of Rs. 208.5 million through the Provincial Road Development Authority (Western Province), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

27.    Declaration of National Insurance day (Document No – 50)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to declare 01st of September in each year as the 'National Insurance Day' with the view of educating Sri Lankans on the importance of insurance and encourage all families to obtain an insurance cover, for covering deaths, diseases, and damages to property, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Extradition treaty between Sri Lanka and the republic of Belarus (Document No – 08)

The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to enter into an extradition treaty between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Belarus with the view of developing cooperation between the two countries in prevention and control of crimes and for facilitating the extradition process, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Utilization of Mahaweli Economic zones for renewable energy generation (Document No – 10)

Sri Lanka is bound to reduce emission of greenhouse gases as a member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Energy generation plays a major role in this regard. The government has accepted the necessity of shifting to renewable energy sources such as wind power, hydropower and solar power instead of thermal power plants that use fossil fuel such as diesel and coal. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to approve as a policy the establishment of renewable power plants in lands, reservoirs and canals that could not be used for agricultural activities and to appoint a Committee of Officials to propose a suitable method in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Amendment of the Protection of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act No. 28 of 1996 (Document No – 14)

The above act provides the legal framework for protection of rights of persons with disabilities. Sri Lanka has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 08th February 2016. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to amend the above act with the view of secure 30 rights including common principles in the said convention in Sri Lanka and to establish an Independent Commission instead of the current National Council established under the above act for providing a better service to persons with disabilities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Commencement of public-private joint ventures for expansion of domestic production of medicines (Document No – 16)

A large portion of medicine requirement of Sri Lanka is imported to Sri Lanka causing a great expenditure annually for the government. It has been proposed to commence public-private joint ventures for production of medicine as a solution to this issue. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to encourage investors to begin joint ventures with the State Pharmaceuticals Manufacturing Corporation to produce quality medicines at a low cost as recommended by the Committee of Officials appointed to consider this matter, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Establishment of a marine finfish/shellfish hatchery for research activities (Document No – 23)

The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to transfer a land of 05 acres in Kandakuliya area in Kalpitiya to the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) for establishment of a finfish/shellfish hatchery to improve the commercial breeding and culture technology of crabs, sea cucumbers, bivalves, and other finfish and shellfishes with a high demand, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Formulation of a long-term national fisheries policy and action plan (Document No – 24)

The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to implement a 3 year project under technical assistance of Norway with the view of formulating a national policy and action plan for development of the fishery in Sri Lanka, implement foreign training programmes for fishery officials, and to promote Norwegian government investments in the fisheries industry in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Central Expressway – Obtaining consulting services for construction supervision of section from Mirigama to Kurunegala (Document No – 31)

The second section of Central Expressway runs from Mirigama to Kurunegala with a length of 39.29 km. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the above contract as recommended by Cabinet Appointed Consultant Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Entry into three (03) term contracts to purchase of refined petroleum products (Document No – 36)

Contracts for purchase of refined petroleum products have been expired and Sri Lanka Petroleum Corporation has called quotations from registered suppliers for 03 long term contracts to purchase all petroleum products under long term tenders. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Chandima Weerakkody, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, to award the said 03 long term contracts for the period of 01-12-2016 to 31-07-2017 as recommended by the Special Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Second anniversary of the President's inauguration in office (Document No – 38)

The second anniversary of the President's inauguration in office falls on 08th January 2017 is to be celebrated without unnecessary festivals and displays and all public institutions have been instructed to commence projects that can be implemented immediately under 2017 budget proposals and to commence development activities that are more fruitful to the public in line with this celebration. Above information was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena.

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