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.

01.  Creating a special purpose vehicle in the treasury for the low income group and middle income group home ownership programme (Document No – 07)

It is expected to build 620,000 houses by the year 2019 with the view of providing 120,000 houses for low income families and 500,000 houses for middle income families under the above programme. Accordingly, considering this programme as a national priority, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to establish a special task unit under the general treasury to obtain necessary approvals immediately and to complete the programme within the due timeframe, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.  A new act to strengthen coast guard activities (Document No – 08)

The task expected from the Department of Coast Guard which has been established by the act no. 41 of 2009, is seen difficult to be performed within its present institutional structure. Accordingly, considering the timely needs, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to prepare a new act by repealing the act no. 41 of 2009, to establish the above department as a more powerful law enforcing authority, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.  Obtaining funds to implement the Katana Water supply project (Document No – 13)

The approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has already been granted to implement the above project with the view of providing more safe drinking water to residents in Katana Divisional Secretary's Division. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into loan agreements with China Development Bank and Bank of Ceylon to obtain required funds, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.  Obtaining funds to implement the Thambuttegama Water supply project (Document No – 12)

The approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has already been granted to implement the above project with the view of providing more safe drinking water to 42 Grama Niladhari Divisions in Thambuttegama and Galnewa Divisional Secretary's Divisions. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into loan agreements with China Development Bank and Bank of Ceylon to obtain required funds, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.  Obtaining additional funds for Kaluganga Development Project (Document No – 14)

Kaluganga reservoir, which is constructed with the view of providing 100 million cubic metres of water to Moragahakanda Reservoir and developing a new irrigation area of 3,000 hectares under the above project, is expected to be completed in 2018. The scope of the project has been changed due to previously unrevealed geographical statuses and its cost has been amended. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to discuss with and enter into an agreement with the Opec Fund for International Development to obtain the additional funds in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.  Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka and Sudan on bilateral consultation (Document No – 18)

The proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the above MoU between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Republic of Sudan, with the view of strengthening friendship and cooperation between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.  Improvement of surgical/medical units of Karapitiya Teaching Hospital, Galle (Document No – 22)

Karapitiya Teaching Hospital which is the main hospital in Galle District provides its services to adjoining districts as well as provinces. It is comprised of 60 wards and 1,838 beds and 24 specialized service units are in operation. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to construct a new ten storied building at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,401.7 million by establishing an Orthopaedic Unit, Plastic Surgeries and Burn Unit, 02 ENT Units, Gastro-Enterology and Genito-Urology Unit, Vitreo-Retinal Unit and facilities for treating Paediatric heart patients, and kidney diseases and eye diseases increasing the number of beds from 300 and enabling performance of 130 additional surgeries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.  Development of Vijaya Kumaratunge Memorial Hospital, Seeduwa (Document No – 23)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to implement the following two (02) projects, to develop the above hospital, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

*        Expand and modernize the building which the office and clinics are located at an estimated cost of Rs. 35 million.

*        Construction of a six storied building to locate Accident and Preliminary Care Unit, medical and surgical wards, second ophthalmic ward, diabetes treatment centre, Intensive Care Unit, Laboratories and X-Ray Unit, rooms for Doctors and accommodation for Nurses at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,431 million. 

09.  Development of 100 temples in North and Eastern Provinces (Document No – 28)

Many of temples in North and East are facing difficulties with lack of drinking water and essential infrastructure and with their limited number of donors they are not in an economic status to achieve them. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to develop sanitation facilities (lavatory facilities) in 100 selected temples using Rs. 20.24 million donated by Rev. Ming Sheng, Chairman of Gwandoon Buddhist Association, China, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.  Guidelines to provide safer temporary protection to women victimized in violence (Document No – 31)

In addition to providing legal assistance, counselling and medical services, to women victimized by domestic violence, rape, and sexual smuggles there is a need to maintain temporary protection centres. The first protection centre by the government was established in 2012 and subsequently several others have been established in provincial level. Private Centres are also maintained with the assistance of Government Hospitals, Police and NGOs. The guidelines for maintaining such protection centres were presented by Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, and were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.  Improvement of the press in Department of Examinations Sri Lanka with modern technology (Document No – 32)

The Department of Examinations hold about 270 examinations annually and more than 16,000,000 papers required in this regard are printed in the departmental press. It should be renovated to print papers with good quality and without errors. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to purchase digital printing machines and equipment at an estimated cost of Rs. 530 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.  Making of legislations for calling nominations again for Puthukkudiyiruppu and Muhudubadapaththu Pradeshiya Sabha (Document No – 33)

The Local Government Elections in above Pradeshiya Sabhas in Mullaitivu District was to be held on 17-03-2011 but has been postponed time to time. However nominations are still valid. As some candidates have died and some candidates who presented nominations under the under 35 category have aged beyond 35 years there is a need to call for nominations again. Election for these two local governments should be done under proportional system according to provisions of the Local Government Elections Act but it has been observed that they should also be done under the new mixed system.  Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to direct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislation for enabling the re-call of nominations and holding the election in new mixed system based on divisional system, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.  Relocation of landless idp families in welfare centres (Document No – 35)

There are 971 families still in welfare centres in Jaffna District and 682 families of them are landless families. Steps have been taken to resettle 462 families out of them in alternative lands and lands should be identifies to resettle 220 families. As there are less state lands in Jaffna it has been proposed to purchase private lands of 20 perches for each family. The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to allocate Rs. 88 million to purchase lands through the Jaffna District Secretary, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.  Construction of Baddegama, Wanathawilluwa, Meegahathenna and Katupotha Police Stations (Document No – 37)

A programme is being implemented to construct Police Stations with modern facilities to provide a better service. The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to build new buildings for aforesaid Police Stations which are being located in old or rented buildings at an estimated cost of Rs. 370.3 million, in addition to improvement of existing Police Stations in 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.  construction of Peradeniya Police Station (Document No – 38)

The development of Peradeniya Police Station was to be commenced in 2008 but have been delayed due to various reasons. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to construct the Peradeniya Police Station to suit present day needs at an estimated cost of Rs. 141 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.  prohibiting of importing cinnamon into Sri Lanka and amendment of re-export procedure (Document No – 39)

The Ceylon Cinnamon has been praised in world market due to its unique taste, colour and smell. However, re-exporting of cinnamon of other countries from Sri Lanka has been reported recently which has caused unfavourable situation on Ceylon Cinnamon. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Daya Gamage, Minister of Primary Industries, to prohibit the importation of cinnamon to Sri Lanka and considering the importance of reviewing the re-export procedure, to appoint a Committee of Officials to amend the 'Temporary Importation for Export Processing' procedure, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.  Development of Arrivals passenger terminal at Bandaranaike international Airport, Katunayake (Document No – 41)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the contract for construction of new immigration hall and electronic mall at the BIA as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.  expansion of departure public concourse at Bandaranaike international Airport, Katunayake (Document No – 42)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.  Supply of 10 diesel electric locomotives to Sri Lanka Railways (Document No – 44)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the above contract for procurement of 10 diesel electric locomotives under the Indian loan scheme, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.  central Expressway – construction of section from Mirigama to Kurunegala (Document No – 45)

The second section of Central Expressway runs from Mirigama to Kurunegala with a length of 39.29 km. The contract in this regard has been divided into four (04) packages and the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award these packages as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.  improvement of infrastructure of government universities (Document No – 46)

The government has given the utmost priority to secure quality education in government universities by improving their infrastructures. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to implement infrastructure development projects in Bhiksu University of Sri Lanka, Wayamba and Ruhuna Universities and Sripali Campus of the University of Colombo and the Trincomalee Campus of Eastern University at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,670 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.  Renovation of the Cardiology Unit in National Hospital, Sri Lanka (Document No – 48)

The Cardiology Unit of National Hospital serves to heart patients all over the island and the renovation of the unit has already been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. After the commencement of renovation activities, considering the proposals made by Consultant Cardiologists the estimate has been amended by including the instalment of Central Air-condition System and other essential tasks. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to implement renovation activities of the Cardiology Unit under the amended estimate of Rs. 186.32 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.  tender for purchase of antibiotics for government hospitals (Document No – 49)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the tender for purchase of 19,000,000 no. of Co-Amoxiclav tablets BP 625 mg or Amoxicillin and Clavulanate Potassium Tablets USP 625 mg for government hospitals as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.  Tender for supply of 30,000 vials of human immunoglobulin for IV use BP, 5-6g vial (Document No – 50)

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.

25.  Procurement for supply of 7,000,000 sets of disposable intravenous solution giving sets for single use (Document No – 51)

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.

 

26.  supply and installation of operation theatre/icu equipment for epilepsy unit at the national hospital of Sri Lanka (Document No – 52)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award relevant procurement to relevant bidders as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, and to re-call bids for equipments which bids have not been presented and for those that price increase has been requested, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

27.  Construction of a new seven storied building in Ananda College Colombo (Document No – 54)

The cabinet has already approved the construction of the above building by removing the five storied Moor Building which has faced the threat of sinking.  Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to award the relevant contract as recommended by the Procurement Appeal Board and Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

28.  'Recent Economic developments: Highlights of 2016 and prospects for 2017' report of the central bank of Sri Lanka (Document No – 60)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to submit the above report in parliament to facilitate annual budget discussions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

29.  Establishment of two regional Consular offices in Matara and Jaffna (Document No – 62)

Cabinet already approved the establishment of two consular offices in Matara and Vavuniya. However, the political authority in North has pointed out that many of the people who need consular assistance is in Jaffna District. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to establish the Consular Office in Jaffna instead of Vavuniya, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

30.  national Policy on constructions (Document No – 63)

The proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to accept the National Policy on Construction and its implementation mechanism prepared by the National Advisory Council on Constructions under the provisions of Construction Industries Development Act no. 33 of 2014 with the view of providing strategic leadership for all parties in construction field, encouraging sustainable development reforms and improvements, promotion of low cost and environmental friendly building materials and systems, suitable research promotions, compilation of standards and norms and promote constructions overseas, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.  Establishment of an independent centralized procurement institution for purchase of common items used in public institutions (Document No – 05)

The need of establishing a centralized procurement institution to procure common items used in public institutions for minimizing the delay and waste caused in government's procurement procedure and considering the benefit of procuring in large scale, the quality of goods, and gaining the actual value of their prices. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to establish an independent centralized body comprised of five members with expertise in various fields, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.  Construction of a two storied building in Ranaviru Sevana Ragama for making of artificial disability equipment for disabled war heroes (Document No – 08)

Making disability equipment for war heroes is done by the Prosthetic and Orthotics department in Ranaviru Sevana Ragama and around 3,000 war heroes have registered for preparing such equipment for them. As this department is maintained with minimum facilities, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct a two storied building in this regard at an estimated cost of Rs. 81.43 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.  Obtaining compensation under the international law on leakage of fuel to the ocean due to accidents in shipping (Document No – 09)

At present, 80 countries have obtained the membership of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, which is being enforced since 2008 for paying compensation for parties affected with the spreading of bunker oil due to accidents of ships. As about 5000 ships arrive at Sri Lankan harbours and a large number of ships travel across Sri Lankan sea, there is a high risk for such accidents in the seas surrounding Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is suitable to obtain the membership of this convention and accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to accept this convention and to amend the Marine Pollution Prevention Act No. 35 of 2008 to comply with the said convention, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.  Responsibility of the producer/trader and consumer in waste management in Sri Lanka (Document No – 10)

Despite laws and awareness programmes, producers, traders and consumers irresponsibly dispose naturally non-degradable containers, electrical and electronic waste to the environment. About 60% of polythene and plastic imported to Sri Lanka (210,000 MT) are disposed to the environment. As a measure to this situation it has been proposed to impl,ement the Polluter Pay Principle. This will charge an temporary deposit from the consumer by the trader/producer at the time of purchase of goods and reimburse it when non degradable containers and material are returned. For Electronic and electrical items used for a long period an annual interest calculated on the deposit will also be reimbursed. This will help in proper management of waste by collecting them in proper places. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to appoint a Committee of Officials with representatives from relevant institutions for making recommendations in implemnebnting this method in Sri Lanka and to implement a pilot project according to its recommendations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.  Development of Maternal and newborn healthcare units of Matara General Hospital (Document No – 11)

The Matara General Hospital provides accommodation for almost a half of residential patients in Matara District. As the hospital is sityuated in a limited space and it has a limited possibility of expansion. Moreover, the productive utilixation of Korea Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital in Godagama, Matara has also been considered. Accordingly it has been proposed to establish the Maternal and Newborn Healthcare Units of the Matara General Hospital in Korea Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital. Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the Cabinet of Ministers that steps have been taken to obtain a grant of USD 8.5 million from the Korea International Cooperation Agency for establishment of a new ward complex in Korea Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital.

06.  Child Activity Survey – 2015/16 (Document No – 12)

Above survey has been conducted by the Department of Census and Statistics and its data base has been prepared and checked. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to prepare its final report and to conduct an awareness programme for relevant institutions and public using additional funds of Rs. 4.35 million granted by the International Labour Organization, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.  Purchasing of soya beans for thriposha production (Document No – 16)

Considering the facts presented by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, and Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, the Cabinet of Ministers have decided as follows.

*        Directly supply 5,000 MT of Soya Beans to Thriposha Company purchased by the National Food Promotion Board from Soya Bean Farmers.

*        Purchase soya beans for the future production of Thriposha from registered Farmers' Organizations by calling for quotations.  

08.  Matara Water Supply Project – stage iv  (Document No – 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to enter into a loan agreement for obtaining a loan of USD 76.83 million and Rs. 2,448.81 million from the National Development Bank to implement the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.  Amendments to the Institute of valuers of Sri Lanka Law No. 33 of 1975 (Document No – 23)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to amend the above laws with necessary timely amendments, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.  Subsidiary agreement between the governments of Sri Lanka and Australia in respect of Skills for inclusive Economic Growth programme (Document No – 24)

The Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training will conduct a programme to enhance skills of youth in Ampara, Batticaloa, Tricomalee, and Polonnaruwa Districts to enter into employments in tourism sector in 2016-2019. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to enter into the above agreement for obtaining financial grants of USD 15 million, agreed to be provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.  Establishment of a multi modal transport hub – Colombo Fort/Pettah (Document No – 30)

Comprehensive Management Plan for the Western Region Megapolis includes establishment of Multi Modal Transport Hub in Colombo Fort/Pettah, by amalgamating all transport modals. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to establish the said transport hub as recommended by the Cabinet Committee of Economic Management, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.  Allocation of a land in Parliament Road Battaramulla to relocate the Thalangama Police Station (Document No – 32)

Thalangama Police Station serves around 170,000 people in 240 Grama Niladhari Divisions. As the Police Station is located in a small land away from the main road within approximately 44 Perches , police officers and general public who comes to obtain services face various difficulties. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to transfer a land of 01 acre owned by the Urban Development Authority to the Ministry of Law and Order and Southern Development to relocate the Police Station, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.  Construction of an International Buddhist centre in line with the International vesak day celebrations 2017 (Document No – 36)

The above Buddhist Centre is proposed to be established in land of Rejidelwatte in Kahapola, Piliyandala which belongs to the Samarakoon legacy. Accordingly, the Shakya Janapada will be reconstructed in the land and a complete Buddhist library, meditation centre, a centre for dhamma oration training both in Sinhala and English, vegetarian cafeteria will also be included. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to implement this project in association with the non-profit organization Light of Asia, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.  Creation of a charitable trust – Sri Lanka Buddhist Pilgrims Rest (Document No – 37)

The above pilgrims rest in New Delhi, India, which provides facilities to pilgrims visiting India, was transferred to the Sri Lankan government by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru at his reign. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to establish a charitable trust fund under the Trusts Ordinance, to affirm that the said pilgrims rest is used according to its expected goals, to maintain its proper management, provide quality accommodation for pilgrims and utilize its earnings for charity, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.  Penal code (amendment) bill – (Increase the minimum age of criminal responsibility) (Document No – 38)

Psychologists and other experts have opined that 8 years is far too young an age at which to incur criminal responsibility. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, publish the above bill in gazette and subsequently present in parliament for approval which was drafted amend the Penal Code for changing the minimum age for criminal responsibility as 12 years and in case of a child between 12 and 14 to confer discretion on a Magistrate to determine whether such child has the required degree of maturity to form the requisite intent or to entertain requisite knowledge which serves as the mens rea of the impugned offence, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.  Proposed pension scheme for migrant workers (Document No – 41)

A Committee has been appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2015 propose a pension scheme for migrant workers. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Thalatha Athukorala, Minister of Foreign Employment, to implement the pension scheme prepared by the Committee and to make required amendments to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Act in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.  Disposal of Segregated Waste of Ministries and public institutions for a proper waste management programme to mitigate the increase of global warming (Document No – 43)

The proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to hand over waste of Ministyries and their affiliated institutions as segregated waste to relevant local government institutions as a preliminary step and to obtain the cooperation of ministers in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.  Compensation for the loss due to the fire break out in the service market shops in Kilinochchi (Document No – 45 and 58)

122 shops have been damaged due to the above fire break out on 16-09-2016. The proposals made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to pay a compensation of Rs. 74 million for affected traders of 122 shops, to establish a modern fire brigade service in the district at a cost of Rs 97 million, and to build a permanent market complex to relocate damaged shops at an estimated cost of Rs. 150 million,  was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.  Refurbishment of Nila Sevana Housing Scheme - Habaraduwa (Document No – 46)

The above housing scheme commenced with the view of providing houses for public servants in 2003 but the construction of 576 housing units have not been continued since 2011 and the relevant land of 13 acres and 09 buildings are being decaying. Hence it is proposed to implement this project changing its scope as a mixed projects for residential and tourist objectives. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Public Administration and Management, and Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to sign an supplementary agreement to the trilateral agreement signed between the Ministry of Public Administration and Management, Board of Investment Sri Lanka and the Project Company, enabling the provision of a part of its housing units for public officers and the rest for accommodation of local and foreign tourists, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.  Acceptance of proposed Colombo Port city development project (Financial City project) as a strategic development project (Document No – 47)

Above project has been resumed after solving issues related to necessary approvals and environment impact. The proposal made by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to accept it as a strategic development project under the article 3(3) of Strategic Development Project Act No. 14 of 2008, and to publish the relevant gazette notification, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.  Construction of upper elahera canal under Mahaweli Water security investment programme (Document No – 48)

Above project is implemented for providing water to North Central Province and the Upper Elahera Canal is constructed as its first phase. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to award the contract for constriuction of the said canal of 6.2 km in length at an estimated cost of Rs. 3,254 million, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.  Construction of North Western canal under Mahaweli Water security investment programme (Document No – 49)

Above project is implemented for providing water for 12,500 hectares of paddy fields. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to award the contract for development of Wemedilla Left Bank canal of 5.25 km to Nebadagahawatte, to build a new sluice gate in Wemedilla Tank, and to construct a canal of 600 m from sluice gate to left bank main canal, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.  Supply of 06 No's of diesel multiple units with air conditioned passenger compartments to Sri Lanka Railways under Indian Line credit (Document No – 50)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the above contact as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.  Improvement of drugs production capacity of the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation (Document No – 51)

It is necessary to improve the production capacity of the SPMC to provide good quality drugs with low prices to all hospitals in the country and to save a considerable amount of foreign exchange. The cabinet has already approved the construction of new manufacturing plants with essential infrastructure and equipment in this regard and Japan International Cooperation Agency has granted a credit of Japanese Yen 1,244 million. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the contract in this regard as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Development (Special Provisions) Bill (Document No – 08)


Sri Lanka has given priority to accelerate the development process and it is necessary to make legislations in this regard. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament for approval, the Development (Special Provisions) Bill prepared for making provisions for creating a national policy on all subjects regarding the development and for economic development, establishment of the Development Agency, policy making for rural modernization and regional development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Memorandum of understanding among the member states of Indian Ocean Rim Association for search and rescue operation coordination and cooperation on victims in Indian Ocean region (Document No – 12)


The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to enter into the above MoU among member states of the IORA for establishing a framework for coordination of above operations, and to improve consultation and cooperation within states in the Indian Ocean region for facing issues faced by them, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Capital market strategy 2016-2020 (Document No – 13)

Although the capital market plays a major role in economic development and sustainable development in rising economies in the world Sri Lanka has not used its potentials. Hence, the capital market of Sri Lanka should be converted into an efficient and interesting place for share issuers, investors, institutions, and mediators. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to follow the Capital Market Strategy 2016-2020 that proposes regulatory and development actions to be followed by the Sri Lankan government, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


04.    Reliefs for water consumers affected by the drought (Document No – 20)


The Water Supply and Drainage Board has faced difficulties regarding 54 water supply schemes during the dry spell in last two months. Therefore the information presented by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, that about 70 bowsers have been deployed for uninterrupted supply of water to affected consumers, a special team has been attached to each regional office of the board to supply water within 24 hours and people have been informed to use water thrifty through media, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Providing reliefs for construction of new houses instead of houses damaged by landslides occurred in Haliela and Badulla Divisional Secretary's Divisions (Document No – 21)


Landslides in Haliela and Badulla Divisional Secretary's Divisions have completely destroyed 24 houses in 2014. The proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to grant an amount of Rs. 1,250,000 for each family to rebuild their houses and to allocate Rs. 30 million in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Assessment of damages to houses and property due to sudden disasters (Document No – 22)


Lack of trained field officers to undertake assessment of damages has caused delays in providing reliefs to affected victims. As a measure to this issue, the proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to recruit 30 retired Technical Officers in Divisional Secretary's divisional level for a period of 03 months and to accelerate the process of paying compensation to victims of explosion in Salawa Camp, landslide in Kegalle in May 2016, and floods occurred in May 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Establishment of a new laboratory building for Sri Lanka Standards Institution in Malabe (Document No – 23)


The proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to purchase a land of 03 acres in Malabe IT Park for Rs. 168 million and to implement the construction of the laboratory with Rs. 550 million to expand laboratory services of the SLSI to improve its efficiency and productivity, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


08.    Completion of the third floor of Provincial Ayurveda Hospital, Anuradhapura (Document No – 26)


Two floors of the building which the merchant ward complex is located have been completed. There has been an increasing demand for Ayurveda treatments nowadays and there is a high demand from local and foreign patients for 08 merchant rooms in this hospital. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to complete the construction of the third floor of this building which has been planned by including 10 merchant rooms at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Construction of buildings for Medirigiriya Ayurveda hospital (Document No – 27)


About 90 patients daily obtain treatments from the Dispensary of Medirigiriya Ayurveda Centre in Polonnaruwa District. It has been observed that successful outcome may be gained through long term ayurvedic treatment for the chronic kidney disease prevailed in the area. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to build the necessary buildings to improve the Dispensary of the Medirigiriya Ayurveda Centre as a Hospital at an estimated cost of Rs. 37 million, to enable patients from adjoining Hingurakgoda, Thamankaduwa and Lankapura Divisional Secretary's divisions to get residential treatments, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Repayment of security deposit holders of the golden key credit card company (Document No – 31)


As decided by the Cabinet of Ministers, under the scheme approved by the Supreme Court Rs. 544.3 million and Rs. 3,945.6 million have been released respectively for first and second tranches by the General Treasury. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to release Rs. 4,055.1 million as its last tranche to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and to take swift action to dispose the assets of Golden Key Credit Card Company and its subsidiaries and to credit the proceeds of the disposed assets to the General Treasury, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Construction of by-pass road from Polduwa junction, Battaramulla to Udumulla junction via ‘suhurupaya' (Document No – 38)


The government's policy is to relocate all government institutions in Battaramulla, within the Sri Jayewardenepura Administrative City. Many of these institutions have already been relocated and in line with this infrastructure such as roads and transportation should be provided immediately. Hence, it has been proposed to construct a by-pass road of 4 km from Polduwa junction to Koswatta junction. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to extend the road planned to be constructed from Polduwa Junction to Suhurupaya to Udumulla Junction and to undertake its construction at an estimated cost of Rs. 250 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Project on appropriate action on minimizing of emission of greenhouse gases in energy production and use (Document No – 44)


World Leaders have agreed to keep the global warming less than 2 Celsius degrees in the next year at the Paris Agreement in 2015. Compared to major countries emitting greenhouse gases such as China (20.08%), USA (17.89%), Russia/India/Japan/Canada (aggregated 17.34%), Sri Lanka's emission is only 0.05%. However, the government of Sri Lanka is bound to reduce the emission from 20% by 2030 the amount which was emitted in 2010. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to implement a project on supervising and reporting the Sri Lanka's contribution in reducing greenhouse gases with the help of Global Environment Facility, United Nations Development Programme, and private sector,  was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Appointment of a committee to consider reforms to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (Document No – 46)


As some provisions in Muslim Law including the minimum age for marriage are not conformed to the norms stipulated in some international conventions which Sri Lanka is holding the membership, it is necessary to amend those provisions. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to appoint a Cabinet Sub-committee to make proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers regarding suitable amendments to the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act,  was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    National Action plan for Children in Sri Lanka 2016-2020 (Document No – 48)


The proposal made by Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, to implement the above action plan prepared by institutions and ministries relevant to the subjects of education, health, justice, labour, media, water supply, to make an environment that is suitable for growth and development of children, and to appoint a National Steering Committee with representative from relevant parties, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Implementation of a pilot project of printing selected number of school textbooks in long-lasting synthetic paper (Document No – 49)


The government spends about Rs. 3,500 million annually for providing free school textbooks and the Department of Educational Publications has implemented a programme to improve the reuse of textbooks it has been observed that a certain book could not be used more than three (03) years. Hence, about 70% of textbooks have to be reprinted annually. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to print selected number of textbooks in long-lasting and high quality synthetic paper as a pilot project in 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.    Regularization and expedition of the receipt of court fines and stamp duties levied on transfer of lands to the local authorities (Document No – 51)


The proposal made by Hon.  Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to amend the article number 19 of the Provincial Councils Act No. 42 of 1987 for improving the efficiency of transferring above income to local authorities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    Organizing an international sports workshop, exhibition and a Festival (Document No – 54)


The Ministry of Sports has planned to hold the above event within the first quarter of 2017 in Galle Face Colombo, with the participation of about 8,000 local and foreign sportsmen with the view of promoting 07 selected sports in Sri Lanka internationally. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to appoint a steering committee chaired by the Secretary to the Ministry of Sports to organize this event and to enter into a MoU with a Malaysian company regarding its implementation and to obtain the contribution and cooperation in making this event a success, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    Completion of the building in Kollupitiya police station (Document No – 55)

The development of Kollupitiya Police Station was commenced in 2007 and has discontinued due to various reasons. The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to complete the balance work of the building within 2017-2019 at an estimated cost of Rs. 153.3 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Projects implemented within 2016-2018 for improving IT literacy (Document No – 56)

The proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to implement the two (02) projects i.e. e-Grama Niladhari Project and Internet of Things Project implemented conjointly by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure and the Ministry of Home Affairs respectively at a cost of Rs. 662 million and Rs. 133 million in 2016-2018, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.    Installation of a new CCTV system instead of the old one in parliament chamber (Document No – 60)

The Cabinet has already approved the replacement of existing sound system, CCTV system, master clock system, and the telephone exchange in parliament.  Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to award the contract for installing a new digital TV system as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.    Erection of an 800 km long electric fence around villages with wild elephant threat (Document No – 61)

Due to elephant-man conflict 60-80 human lives and lives of more than 200 wild elephants are lost annually. The most productive measure to control this conflict is identified as constructing electric fences. About 3300 km long fences have been constructed so far in this regard. Construction of fences of 275 km is under way for 2016. It has been planned to erect 800 km long fences in 2017 in 07 wildlife zones and the proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to purchase required material in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.    Improvement of high frequency transmitting centre in Attidiya (Document No – 62)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the contract for installation of three aeronautical high frequency transmitters with antennas as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.    Implementation of the Pannala – Makandura – Kuliyapitiya integrated water supply project (Document No – 63)

The above project which covers Pannala area, part of Makandura area and part of Kuliyapitiya (East and West) and Udubaddawa Divisional Secretary's divisions expects to provide safe drinking water to about 112,000 beneficiaries. The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award this contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.    Construction of a Warehouse complex in Embilipitiya area (Document No – 65)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to award the contract for construct the above warehouse complex with an extent of 28,500 square feet including research lab, office building, accommodation, water tank transformer room as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25.    Construction of Vocational Training Centre, Ahangama (Document No – 66)

The cabinet has already approved the construction of above centre under the Skills Sector Development Programme 2014-2020. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

26.    Agro-based industries and infrastructure facilities development project (Document No – 67)

The Government of China has agreed to finance the above project implemented under the Rajarata Navodaya Presidential Programme and Pibidemu Polonnaruwa Development Projects. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to award the contract for implementing the above project as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiations Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


27.    Encouraging the consumption of foods of good quality under the National Programme on food production (2016 – 2018) (Document No – 68)


The main attention has been focused on promoting consumption of quality foods to prevent increasing non communicable diseases caused by foods cultivated with chemical materials, and the main challenge in this regard is the lack of quality seeds.

Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to purchase 400,000 kg of suitable seed paddy of traditional varieties with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Services, and to distribute them free of charge among selected farmers and to provide them the necessary technical knowledge in Maha season 2016/2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

28.    Construction of 3,000 Rain Water harvesting Tanks in Jaffna District by the Government of India (Document No – 69)

Office on National Unity and Reconciliation has presented a proposal to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka for providing a sustainable drinking water source for the Jaffna peninsula. Considering the proposal the High Commission has agreed to provide Rs. 300 million for construction of 3,000 Rain Water Harvesting Tanks. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Unity and Reconciliation, to sign a MoU between the governments of Sri Lanka and India in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

29.    Obtaining a credit of special drawing rights being the equivalent of united states dollars 75 million from the international development association of the world bank for the social safety nets project (Document No – 70)

The government has planned to implement the Social Safety Nets Project 2017-2022 for improving equity, efficiency and transparency of Social safety net projects in Sri Lanka.

The International Development Association has agreed to provide required credit facilities in this regard. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to enter into a financial agreement with the World Bank for obtaining the above credit equivalent to USD 75 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Preparation of Sri Lanka's third national communication report on climate change (Document No – 10)

Sri Lanka ratified United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1993. According to its 12th article member states should provide a communication report consisting of information on climate change and Sri Lanka has presented its second and and 2012. 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 project for preparing the third communication report with the grant assistance provided under Global Environment Facility of the United Nations Development Programme, and to submit the same to UNFCCC, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02.    Construction of a new three storied building for Negombo regional Engineering Office of the Department of Coast Conservation (Document No – 11)

The Regional Engineering Office constructed in 1987 in Negombo undertakes planning of coast conservation activities and regulation and control of development activities in a coastal area of 250 square kilometres in Gampaha, Puttalam and Mannar Districts. The building is older than 30 years and does not suit present-day needs. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to construct a new three storied building at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Improvement of living status of communities living near wildlife zones (Document No – 12)

The Cabinet has already approved the removal of people living in elephant migratory pathways. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to evacuate people in the initial step in North-western, Uva and Southern zones and implement basic surveys and awareness programmes for such communities and assign these tasks to the Wildlife Trust, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Act for the amendment of Divineguma Act No. 1 of 2013 (Document No – 16)

The cabinet of ministers has already approved the amendment of the above act as per the request of rural level officers who coordinates programmes related to improvement of living standards of low income communities, to use the term 'Samurdhi' instead of 'Divineguma'. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament for approval the amendment bill drafted by the Legal Draftsman in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Enactment of anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguard legislation in Sri Lanka (Document No – 18)

The joint proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament after clearance by the Attorney General, the two bills drafted on anti-dumping and countervailing and on safeguard measures with the view of facing unjust trade practices of some countries as well as protecting domestic industries and manufacturers from uncontrolled imports, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06.    Formulation of a method to sell paddy after converting into rice (Document No – 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to formulate a method to distribute paddy among consumers through Lanka Sathosa, Cooperatives and whole sale dealers by converting into rice with rice processing centres in Pannegamuwa and Hingurakgoda owned by Cooperative Wholesale Corporation and private rice processing centres with the view of stabilising the price of rice and continue operations in above rice processing centres, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    Amendment of the intellectual properties act No 36 of 2003 for affirming security of geographical indices inherited to Sri Lanka (Document No – 21)

A geographical index is a name or sign used on certain products which corresponds to a specific geographical location or origin, and such indices are an asset to that country. Ceylon Tea and Ceylon Cinnamon are such indices identified by the Intellectual Properties Act No. 36 of 2003. However, manufacturers and exporters face difficulties as there is no legal framework on registration of geographical indices. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, as per the recommendations of the Committee of Officials appointed in this regard to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament the bill to amend the Intellectual Properties Act No 36 of 2003 authorising the relevant minister on making directions on protecting, registering and certifying any product originated in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Establishment of an Industrial and Techno Development super zone in Raigama, Kaluthara (Document No – 22)

The government's concept is to setup industrial estates with the view of spread the industrial development to rural areas, produce value added products with rural resources, and increase highly paid employment opportunities in rural areas. Hence, it has been decided to establish 11 Industrial and Technological Development Zones island wide and Rs. 500 million has been allocated by budget 2016 to establish 04 super zones in Hambantota, Raigama, Mahaoya and Trincomalee.  Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to setup the above Industrial and Technological super zone in Raigama in Kaluthara District, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Feasibility study on five light railway transits (LRT) proposed to be constructed in Western region (Document No – 25)

The Cabinet has already approved the construction of 07 LRTs in Western Region as a long-term measure to cater future transport demand. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to assist construction of 02 LRTs. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Developing Acland House into a Boutique Hotel with advanced facilities and services (Document No – 27)

Acland House (Wisumpaya) built as a cafeteria for Officers in Rifle Regiment is gradually decaying and it is required to renovate the building without damaging its antique value. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to develop it into a Boutique Hotel for high-end guests, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Transfer Oluwil Fisheries Harbour to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (Document No – 28)

Oluwil Harbour, which is a largest fisheries harbour in Eastern Province, has a depth of 3.5 m and many facilities including anchoring of many multiday vessels. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to transfer this harbour which is currently administrated by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to the Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation which is under the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development with the view of developing fisheries industry in the province and making it a profitable harbour, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Developing an IT backbone for the tea industry – Sri Lanka Tea Board (Document No – 32)

Although there is a high price for Sri Lankan Tea with its qualities in the world market, increase of producing cost and global situations has gradually reduced the profit in the industry. In this situation, to affirm the quality of products the Tea Board supervises all steps in the process of manufacturing. The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to introduce an IT backbone to improve efficiency of these tasks at an estimated cost of Rs. 220 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Physical and spiritual development programme which is activated under the project of "punyagrama" (Document No – 35)

The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to project of establishing water filters in temples that are being maintained with many difficulties in areas which has drinking water related issues including North, North-central, and Eastern Provinces where the chronic kidney disease is prevailed, using Rs. 24 million allocated in this regard for the year 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14.    Improvement of productivity in the livestock sector in Sri Lanka (Document No – 36)

The proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to allocate treasury funds of Rs. 1,402 million to establish a new Food Technology Laboratory in Veterinary Research Institute, modernize the vaccine production centre of the Veterinary Research Institute, setup multi-sectorial Bodies at district level for Rabies control and formulate a national programme for surveillance of diseases of wildlife, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15.    Obtaining a land for construction of the Monaragala District Sports Complex and Monaragala Indoor stadium (Document No – 37)

The proposal made by Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Public Enterprise Development, to allocate a land of 10 acres in extent from the Kumarawatta estate owned by the Land Reforms Commission and currently enjoyed by the Janatha Estate Development Board for construction of above mentioned sports complex and indoor stadium, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16.    Commence a value added processing zone in Elpitiya (Document No – 39)

In line with the government's policy of establishing 23 agricultural mega zones it is planned to establish the above processing zone in Elpitiya in Galle District providing employment opportunities and a high export income to the region. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, Hon. Daya Gamage, Minister of Primary Industries, to allocate a land of 200 acres in Igalkanda and Ketapalawatta owned by the Elpitiya Plantation Company, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17.    Accelerated programme for middle income housing and infrastructure development (Document No – 40)

It is expected to construct 500,000 housing units within 05 years under the above programme for providing houses for affordable prices for government and private sector employees with a middle income. According to the recommendations of the national steering committee appointed in this regard, the proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to implement Iskagarawatte Housing Scheme with 332 housing units in Kundasale and Mount Clifford Housing Scheme with 860 housing units in Homagama, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18.    National plan for women headed households (Document No – 42)

In empowering of women who comprises of 52% of overall population a priority attention should be made to women headed households which are 24.3% of overall families in country. The proposal made by Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, to implement the national initiative with the objective of affirming women's contribution in development process under the fields of physico-social support, livelihood development, security, social protection, national level policy making and community awareness, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19.    Amendment of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Act No. 28 of 1961 (Document No – 45)

The government has noted the importance of transferring Ceylon Petroleum Corporation to the regulatory scope of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Chandima Weerakkody, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, to amend the above act to achieve this objective, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20.    Amendment of the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority act No. 17 of 1999 (Document No – 46)

Administrative and maintenance activities of Sugathadasa indoor and outdoor stadiums, Sugathadasa Swimming Pool, Bogambara outdoor stadium in Kandy, Racecourse in Nuwara Eliya and swimming pool in Beliatta are done by the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority. This provides sporting facilities to concessionary rates and its income is insufficient for its maintenance. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to amend the above act to enable these stadiums to be provided for other events such as artistic events, conferences, examinations etc. when not used in sporting activities to gain a sufficient income, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21.    Construction of a radial and solid tyre plant in Sri Lanka (Document No – 49)

The proposal made by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to facilitate an investor through the Sri Lankan Investment Board, who wishes to establish a radial and solid tyre plant in Horana area that aims 60% of its production to the export market and creates more than 1,000 employment opportunities with an investment of US$ 75 million within 4 years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22.    Procurement of 163 new engine kits for Sri Lanka Transport Board (Document No – 55)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to procure 163 Ashok Leyland new engine kits for Sri Lanka Transport Board under Indian grant assistance, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23.    Procurement of 20 Nos. container carrier wagons and 30 nos. Fuel Tank Wagons to Sri Lanka Railways (Document No – 57)

The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24.    "Rajarata Navodaya" presidential programme – District Development projects – "Let us awakening Polonnaruwa" 2016-2020 (Document No – 59)


Construction of Government Servant's quarters and Administrative Building Complex in Polonnaruwa New Town, Reconstruction of Railway Quarters for Kaduruwela town development, and construction of Thamankaduwa Divisional Secretariat in Polonnaruwa New Town are 4 special projects identified under the above programme implemented according to a concept by H.E. the President. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to entrust structural engineering designs and construction of above to Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau/ Central Engineering Services (Private) Ltd at an estimated cost of Rs. 4,120 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25.    Implementation of Lanka Government Network 2.0 (LGN) (Document No – 66)

The reducing of the data transmission speed of the LGN, introduced by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) within 2007-2012 for maintaining digital interaction between public institutions and general public and among public institutions, is a major obstacle to achieve the government's aim of digitalizing the economy. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to implement the Lanka Government Network 2.0 aiming providing high speed connectivity and free Wi-Fi services for E-Government activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Construction of a jetty at Naval dockyard Trincomalee (Document No – 13)

The Trincomalee harbour, which is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world and the second deepest harbour in Asia, could not be developed due to terrorist activities in recent past. The largest camp of Sri Lanka Navy is situated here and its naval dockyard is home for Eastern Command of Navy and for the Naval and Maritime Academy. Construction of a jetty to facilitate anchoring of bigger ships has begun in 1990 but has discontinued due to various reasons. The navy is expecting to achieve 04 larger ships within 2017-2019 for increasing patrols in Sri Lankan coastline. Hence, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct the proposed jetty of 220m long and 20m wide in the Trincomalee dockyard with an access bridge to facilitate the anchoring of larger ships, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02. Building and maintaining of buildings in public and semi government institutions as green buildings (Document No – 14)
Our forefathers have built their shelters to suit the tropical climate in simple plans and good quality. However, recently they buildings are being built imitating foreign buildings without considering the climate in Sri Lanka and they are based on artificial light and air-conditioning as they have no access to natural sunlight and air. This has caused many environmental, economic and technological issues. Buildings designed to use energies and resources efficiently and built with environmental friendly material and techniques are called green buildings and they are vital to achieve sustainable development. Accordingly, the committee appointed to make recommendations on converting buildings in public institutions to green buildings has prepared 'Green Building Guidelines' with the agreement of relevant ministries. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement these guidelines, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


03. Filling of existing teaching vacancies (Document No – 16)
There should be an ample number of teachers in government schools to affirm equal access to qualitative education. However, there is a deficit of 22,500 teachers in the island. Sufficient teachers or resources have not been provided for rural schools to teach science, maths and English. As a solution to this issue, it has been decided to recruit youth who have passed AL and qualified to university entrance after completing a degree of Bachelor of Education (Science) or Bachelor of Education (Arts) from a private university approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways to the teaching service in addition to graduates from government universities and diploma holders of Teachers Training Colleges. The government will grant a loan of Rs. 275,000 for selected youths through a bank and after completion of the degree they should serve 10 years in a school where a vacancy exists in a selected area. If they serve for 10 years as mentioned above, the loan granted for them will not be collected. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to recruit 5000 youths as Science and Maths Teachers as its first stage, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

It has also decided to authorise the Ministry of Education to expeditiously recruit graduates to solve the deficit of Science Teachers in government schools.
04. Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding proposed to be signed between Sri Lanka and Pakistan regarding youth development (Document No – 17)

Signing of the above MoU has already been approved by the Cabinet it was prepared by including amendments proposed later by Pakistan. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign the above MoU between the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination in Pakistan, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


05. Affirm protection in unprotected railway crossings (Document No – 20)
There are 676 unprotected railway crossings in Sri Lanka. There should be 2028 gatekeepers as 03 for each gate but currently only 1,953 gatekeepers are in service for the safety of pedestrians, passengers, and vehicles. They are providing an honorary service receiving a monthly allowance of Rs. 7,500 as Rs. 250 per day without getting any salaries, wages and other privileges entitled to government servants. Considering the request of these gatekeepers that this allowance is inadequate, the Committee of Officials appointed in this regard has recommended to grant the monthly allocation of Rs. 22,500/- to 03 gatekeepers in a gate as an allowance allocated to a gate, and to prepare an internal arrangement to share this allowance among gatekeepers, and expeditiously install "Bell and Light" giving priority to accident-prone crossings as a long term measure. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to implement above recommendations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


06. Providing water supply facilities for resettlement villages in Kegalle District (Document No – 25)
About 2000 families have been temporarily settled in 65 places due to destruction of houses or evacuation due to landslides and landslide warnings in Kegalle District. They have been planned to resettle in 11 Divisional Secretary Divisions in Kegalle District. Water supply should be provided expeditiously to 45 such places identified for resettlement. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to provide necessary water supply facilities at an estimated cost of Rs. 455 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


07. Permanent transference of the freshwater hatchery in Panapitiya, Kaluthara to the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) (Document No – 36)


The ornamental fishery is an industry with high potentials that can considerably contribute in generating employment opportunities and NARA is conducting successful researched regarding ornamental fishery. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to permanently transfer the freshwater hatchery in Panapitiya, Kaluthara to the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) which is currently owned by the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) for facilitating its research requirements, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


08. Purchase of soya beans for threeposha production (Document No – 38)
The annual soya beans requirement of the country is about 220,000 MT and the general production is merely 22,500 MT. The government is giving high priority to increase soya beans production. Accordingly about 4,000 hectares have been cultivated in Yala season 2016 in Anuradhapura District and Mahaweli zones and its expected harvest is about 8,000 MT. The proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to purchase about 5,000 MT of the harvest and provide for National Threeposha Production Programme with the view of protecting the domestic farmers and promoting supplementary food crops production, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


09. Incorporation of Institute of Food Science and Technology of Sri Lanka (Document No – 40)
The above institution is implemented with the objectives of providing modern technological knowhow on food production and processing, developing the quality and protection of foods to an international standard on a scientific basis, and improving Sri Lankan food industry to an international level. The proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to incorporate the Institute of Food Science and Technology of Sri Lanka by a parliamentary act to strengthen its process, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


10. Acquisition of a land to construct the proposed Economic Centre in Vavuniya (Document No – 43)
The budget 2016 has allocated Rs. 200 million on the above purpose. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to transfer a land of 2.5 acres in Madauwayithakulam village in Munrumurippu Grama Niladhari Division which was selected with the agreement of Co-chairpersons of Vavuniya District Coordinating Committee to the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


11. Improvement of the nutrition of children in early childhood development centres/ preschools (Document No – 49)
The programme to provide a glass of fresh milk to children in Early Childhood Development Centres/Preschools was commenced in 2006 with the view of improving the nutrition of children in low income families and strengthening the domestic dairy farmer. Reviews of intellectuals on this programme have shown that providing a glass of milk is insufficient for improving their nutrition. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Chandrani Bandara, Minister of Women and Child Affairs, to implement a programme from 2017 to provide a balanced breakfast in divisions of Medical Officer of Health where more percentage of underweight children between the age of 2-5 years are reported, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
12. Prevention of difficulties faced by general public due to stray dogs (Document No – 50)


The Committee of Officials appointed in this regard has made its recommendations considering on controlling dog population, efficiently implementing vaccination programmes, establishment of dog detaining centres, development of coordination between local government agencies and other institutions. The proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to implement the action plan which these recommendations are included, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
13. National Anti-corruption summit scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka (Document No – 53)
The Cabinet has already approved to hold the above summit with the objectives of educating politicians, high rank officers in public and private sector, other relevant parties and general public to establish a society free of corruption, and creating a discourse on eradicating bribes and corruption in the society. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to hold the National Anti-corruption Summit in line with the international anti-corruption day on 09 December 2016 in Colombo with the participation of about 700 local and foreign representatives, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


14. Implementation of projects for providing benefits of digital technology to every citizen in the country (Document No – 54)
The Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has identified numerous projects to be implemented within three years 2016-2018 in this regard. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to implement 40 projects under the programmes of 'National Digitalization' and 'Upgrading Nenasala' using allocations of year 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


15. Improvement of main road from WELIOYA, Gajabapura to Nedunkerni in Mullaitivu District (Document No – 57)
This is the main access road to Mullaitivu town for residents in Welioya area that runs 11.1 km. Improvement of this road will facilitate the lives of residents in Welioya area. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to improve the road at an estimated cost of Rs. 466.3 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


16. Completion of constructions of the cancer treatment centre in Kandy Teaching Hospital (Document No – 61)
Kandy Teaching Hospital, which is the second largest Tertiary Health Services Institution in Sri Lanka, treats about 4000 cancer patients annually. Construction of an 11 storied Cancer Treatment Centre has commenced in 2013 with the view of increasing the number of beds from 340 and to provide a better service to patients. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the contract for completion of its construction (phase III) to the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


17. Supply of medical equipments for epilepsy unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka (Document No – 62)
The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


18. Contract for proposed anchorage facilities at Peraliya Landing site, Galle district (Document No – 63)
The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


19. Restructuring of the Department of Labour and formulating a service minute for Labour Officers (Document No – 72)
The private sector provides a great contribution to the country's economic development and the Department of Labour plays a major role in maintaining the industrial peace that is required to obtain its efficient and qualitative services. A Committee of Officials has been appointed by the Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, and its proceedings are in the final stage. In addition a Committee of Officials comprised of officers from relevant ministries and departments has also been appointed to formulate a new service minute for Labour Officers for improving their service standards. Accordingly, the statement made by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, that reports of the two Committees will be presented to the Cabinet soon, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.


20. Review of the Government's paddy purchasing programme (Document No – 73)
The above programme has been implemented by this government for three subsequent years as in 2014/15 Maha season, 2015 Yala season and 2015/16 Maha season. Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, has proposed to dispose the bulk of paddy purchased in 2015 before the commencement of harvesting in 2016 Yala season according to the due procurement procedure, to dispose paddy purchased in 2016 in October and November which a high price is reported for paddy stocks, and using its income to settle the due balances to be paid to the General Treasury and to settle the dues payable to government banks. Implementation of above proposals as per the recommendations made by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


21. Revision of taxes on cigarette and tobacco products (Document No – 74)
Surveys have revealed that 15% of persons between 18-69 years are engaged in smoking and about 30,000 die annually due to tobacco related diseases. It has been calculated that government spends about Rs. 72 billion annually to treat such patients. The World Health Organization has identified that taxation is a good measure to control the use of tobacco and cigarettes. According to the recommendations made by the Cabinet Committee appointed to consider the joint proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena and Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to revise taxes on tobacco and cigarettes, the Cabinet has decided to impose 15% VAT on cigarettes again, increase the current production tax from Rs. 5/- for any size cigarette, and to increase the cess on import of beedi leaves from Rs. 2,000/- to Rs. 3,000/- and to take other actions to minimize the tobacco use in the country.


22. Redevelopment of the Bogambara Prison Precinct (Document No – 76)
Since the Bogambara Prison in the Kandy City was shifted to Pallekelle the site it was located of about 5 hectares is currently vacant. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to assign the task of redevelopment of the said site as a centre for tourism attraction to an experienced and reputed international agency, protecting its historical value, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Establishing accelerated economic transformation in Sri Lanka – Setting up a central Programme management Unit (Document No – 07)

It is important to establish a separate unit to supervise and take corrective measures on development activities for achieving the objectives of gain an accelerated economic development and to convert the country's economy into a sustainable socio-economic market. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to obtain the assistance of a the Mackenzie Institute of USA who have experience in setting up such units in rapidly transforming economies such as in Malaysia for setting up a Central Programme Management Unit in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02. Increasing the compensation payment for damages caused by wild elephants (Document No – 08)

The above compensation was last amended in 2004. Accordingly, the total compensation payment is around Rs. 25-35 million. It has been proposed to increase these compensation as Rs. 200,000 for a death caused by wild elephant attack and Rs. 200,000 for a permanent disabilities (without considering the age limit as at present), Rs. 75,000 for physical injuries, and Rs. 100,000 for house and property damages, and to assign the payment to a committee chaired by the District Secretary to minimize delays in payment and to establish a Committee of Appeal chaired by the Director General of Wildlife to consider appeals forwarded by those who are not satisfied with the decisions of the above committee. The above proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. National Occupational safety Week (Document No – 11)

The National Occupational Safety Week which is organized annually by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health with the view contributing in increasing national production through minimizing all kinds of occupational accidents is to be held from 07th to 14th October 2016. This time an international conference and a national conference and a National Occupational Safety and Health – Awards of Excellence for admiring institutes that are committed to make a safer environment for employees will be held in line with the National Occupational Safety Week. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, to implement this programme with the association of public and private institutions, considering it as a national programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Amendment of the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act No. 13 of 2005 (Document No – 12)

The National Council for Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre was established in 2005 under the provisions of the above act and a separate ministry for disaster management was established in 2010. The tendency of disasters has increased in recent times. Considering the difficulties faced by the Disaster Management Centre and the Ministry of Disaster Management in discharging responsibilities and activities assigned by the act, the proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to amend the Sri Lanka Disaster Management Act for maintaining the above tasks with better coordination and cooperation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Introduction of a contributory pension scheme for artistes (Document No – 19)

Funds have been allocated by the Budget 2016 to introduce a contributory pension scheme for artistes with the view of affirming their social recognition and social security. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to establish a contributory pension scheme for selected applicants selected by the Department of Cultural Affairs according to a marking scheme based on their age and to implement it through the Social Security Board, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Construction of a new building for National Design Centre (Document No – 20)

The National Design Centre which is implemented for the improvement of indigenous craftsmen is situated in a building older than 40 years. As the building is in deteriorated status it could not be modified to meet present day needs. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to remove the old building and to build a new one consisting of workshops, design planning units, library, handicrafts showroom, and administration branch at an estimated cost of Rs. 80 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Acquisition of required lands for Angunakolapelessa town development activities (Document No – 22)

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has planned to develop Angunakolapelessa town which connects cities in Hambantota District with a regular plan. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to acquire a land of 9 acres 2 roods and 10 perches belonging to the Mahaweli Development Authority to the UDA for the constructions of tourist bungalows, banks, commercial complex, buildings for public institutions, car park, and for town centre and bus stand development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Town centre re-development project at Mihintale (Document No – 23)

The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has prepared a plan to develop Mihintale town to facilitate about 8000 people who come to the town for their daily needs and seasonal pilgrims and visitors. Under this plan it is proposed to build commercial buildings and public market, storm water drainage, children's parks, common areas with parking facilities, and street furniture. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to implement the above project at an estimated cost of Rs. 200 million within the period of 2016-2019, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the fields of broadcasting, television and cinema, between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (Document No – 28)

The proposal made by Hon. Gayantha Karunathilaka, Minister of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media, to sign a MoU between the Ministry of Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media and Ministry of Information of the People's Republic of Bangladesh with the view of exchanging current news and television programmes and successful experiences and technology, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Acquiring Soranawatta land in Horana to the Department of Prisons in order to relocate Welikada Prison and its supportive units (Document No – 31)

The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to transfer the Soranawatta Land in Horana of 28 acres in extent owned by the UDA to the Department of Prisons to relocate the Welikada Prison, Prison Hospital, Women's Ward, and Prison Quarters, and to transfer the land of 38.5 acres where the Welikada Prison is currently located to the UDA for urban development activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Projects of the Ministry of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure for the improvement of the information and communication technology literacy (Document No – 34)

Budget 2016 has allocated funds of Rs. 250 million and Rs. 42 million respectively to the projects of School Computer Laboratory Project implemented with the view of improving ICT related infrastructure and literacy in island wide schools and the District IT Resources Centres Project implemented with the view of maintaining a coordination with the district administration on IT resources management issues. The proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to implement above projects, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Construction of a new three storied building for the Panadura Divisional Secretariat (Document No – 41)

The Panadura District Secretary Division in Kaluthara District is comprised of 72 Grama Niladhari Divisions and a population of 205,969. Public and staff experience various difficulties due to the lack of space in the building where the office is being located. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a new building for the Panadura Divisional Secretariat at an estimated cost of Rs. 172.8 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Amendments to the Value added tax (Document No – 44)

As per the budget proposals 2016, the special cabinet decision made on 04-03-2016 and as per the recommendation made by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management on 15-06-2016 it was decided to amend provisions on Value Added Tax (VAT) in the Value Added Tax Act No. 14 of 2002. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to publish in the gazette and then presented in the parliament the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill including following amendments instead of the previously presented bill, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(i). Fixing VAT rate at 15%.
(ii). Reduction of the threshold of registration for VAT from Rs. 3.75 million per quarter or Rs. 15 million per annum to Rs. 3 million per quarter or Rs. 12 million per annum.
(iii). Imposition of VAT on

  • Wholesale and retail trade which threshold is greater than Rs. 50 million per annum (Rs. 12.5 million per quarter)
  • Private health services other than diagnostic tests, dialysis, and OPD services excluding medical consultation.
  • Telecommunication Services
  • Tobacco Products
  • Powdered milk which contains added sugar or other sweetening matter.
  • Air ticketing fee of air passengers moving from an airport in Sri Lanka to an airport outside Sri Lanka.

(iv). Restriction of VAT exemption applicable on the supply, lease, or rent of residential accommodation to projects of which the investment cost is not exceeding USD 05 Mn. However, such supplies made by Strategic Development Projects approved prior to 01.11.2015 and other projects where the sales agreement are entered into or project completed before 01.10.2016 will continued to be exempted from VAT.

(v). Increase of the price rate of garments supplied to the local market by BOI Companies to Rs. 75/- per piece.

14. Organizing the 69th Independence Day falling on 04th February 2017 (Document No – 45)
The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to appoint a committee presided by the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to organize and direct the 69th Independence day falling on 04th February 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


15. Holding the cremation ceremony of Late Most Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Thero, Sub-Chief incumbent of the Ramanya Nikaya (Document No – 46)

The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, on holding the cremation of the Late Most Ven. Nauyane Ariyadhamma Thero, Sub-Chief incumbent of the Ramanya Nikaya who has rendered an enormous service to the nation, religion and the religious order, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Extending the service period of experienced clinical consultants up to 63 years of age (Document No – 47-10)

1,164 posts of specialist doctors in hospitals around the island are being vacated. Filling these vacancies under the current method takes a long period. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to extend the age of compulsory retirement of experienced specialist medical officers in curative sector up to 63 years considering their ability to serve further with their experience, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01.    Control of import and use of asbestos harmful to the environment in Sri Lanka (Document No – 12)

Asbestos is used for many products including roofing sheets, floor tiles, cement pipes, brake pads of vehicles, papers, and ropes. Since 1987 importation of blue asbestos (Crocidolite) has been prohibited as it was identified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at present all kinds of asbestos including white asbestos (Chrysotile) have been identified as carcinogens. About 80% of asbestos imported to Sri Lanka are used for roofing sheet production. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to control the use and import of asbestos from 01-01-2018 by adopting more beneficial substitutes and to prepare a operational programme to prohibit the asbestos related productions by 01-01-2024 with the view of improving the health of public, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02.    Proper management of the use of polythene to minimize environmental issues caused by them (Document No – 13)

There is an increased use of plastic and polythene related products in the society and improper use, disposal and burning of these products have caused many social, environmental, health and economic issues. Daily per capita use of polythene is about 0.5 kg and about five hundred thousand (500,000) tons of polythene materials are imported to Sri Lanka annually. Some countries in the world have completely prohibited the use of polythene and some have allowed to use selected plastic products. Considering the need of controlling environmental impacts caused by polythene and the fact that a numerous employees are engaged in plastic and polythene related industries, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to appoint a Committee of Experts to prepare a national policy and an action plan on the use of polythene, plastic and bio-degradable plastic in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03.    Declaration of National Marine resources conservation week (Document No – 14)

Disposal of non-degradable pollutants directly or through canals to the ocean has badly impacted on the marine ecosystem as well as fisheries and tourism industries. Hence, it is required to prepare a regular programme with public participation to protect these ecosystems and the sustainability of their related industries. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to declare the third Saturday to fourth Saturday of September of each year as the National Marine Resources Conservation Week simultaneous to the International Coastal Cleanup Day falling on the 03rd Saturday of September each year, and to implement coast cleanup and conservation activities within 17 September 2016 to 23rd September with the participation of general public, school children and government and non government organizations, and to hold its national celebrations on 17th September 2016 at Mattakkuliya coastline in Colombo, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04.    Enforcement and regulation of the international conventions and related activities pertaining to the wildlife conservation (Document No – 19)

Sri Lanka has signed several international conventions on wildlife conservation but the necessary legal provisions have not been enacted to regularize the activities related to those conventions. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to amend the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance to enable the making of regulations required to implement domestically the international conventions signed by Sri Lanka including Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05.    Relocation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Document No – 21)

The Republic Building, which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently situated was built in the British colonial era and has been identified as heritage that should be conserved. Accordingly it is essential to relocate the Ministry and the proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to allocate the land of about two (02) acres in Jawatta Road, Colombo, which has been identified to constrict a new building for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of a political consultation mechanism between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (Document No – 22)

The proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the above MoU between his official visit to Slovenia from 04th to 08th September 2016 for promotion, strengthening and expanding the political, economic, consular, technological and scientific, and cultural cooperation between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07.    "Awakening Polonnaruwa" District Development Programme – implementation of priority water supply projects (Document No – 25)

The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to implement nine (09) water supply projects under the above programme to provide safe drinking water for residents and to allocate funds of Rs. 6,464.36 million for year 2017 and 2018 in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08.    Implementation of new inland water transport system through private public partnership (Document No – 31)

It has been identified that an economy and speedy transport system could be introduced through canals and reservoirs where the bus and railway transportation has not been deployed sufficiently in the situation where the traffic congestion is gradually increasing. Accordingly, an efficient transportation module could be introduce to connect Colombo East-West and North-South by canals and the sea and Wellawatta – Battaramulla (through canals), Fort-Union Place (across Beira Lake), and Mattakkuliya – Hanwella (through Kelani river) have been identified by the Megapolis Transport Committee as three potential roots. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to conduct a feasibility study on the above purpose identifying a suitable private investor to establish the water transport system under the public-private partnership, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09.    Project for construction of Thambalagamuwa Police Station (Document No – 45)

Thambalagamuwa Police Station which was established in 2004 is currently situated in 02 buildings obtained for lease basis with minimum facilities and about 155 Police Officers are serving in the Police Station. It was earlier operated as a Police Post to ensure the protection of people in Muthur, Seruwawila and Trincomalee in Eastern Province. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to construct a new building at an estimated cost of Rs. 90.4 million in a land owned by the Police Department, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10.    Completion of the construction of Polpithigama Police Station (Document No – 46)

The construction of Polpithigama Police Station in Nikaweratiya Police Division which about 130 Police Officers are serving, has commenced in 2007 but due to various reasons the construction work has been suspended. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to complete the above construction by including requirements that were identified later at an estimated cost of Rs. 49.7 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11.    Maduru oya Right bank Development Project (Document No – 48)

Maduru Oya is one of the major reservoirs constructed under the accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme in 1982. It was expected to develop agricultural lands of 39,000 hectares in Mahaweli 'B' zone in Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa Districts. Its left bank development has been finalized but due to lack of financial allocations the right bank development has not commenced yet. 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 project within 2017-2020 with the view of developing drinking water supply, irrigation, and infrastructure for the socio-economic development in Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa Districts which was affected by the war for decades, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12.    Construction of section 4 of the Central Expressway from Kurunegala to Dambulla (60 km) (Document No – 54)

The Cabinet has already approved rehabilitation of existing 150 km of roads and constructing new 100 km roads under the Awakening Rajarata development programme. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to implement the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13.    Financial Assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the proposed Capital Market Development Programme (Document No – 55)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to conduct loan negotiations with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to obtain a loan of US$ 250 million for the development of an efficient, fixed and transparent Capital Market with a strong legal and regulatory framework, with the view of collecting financial resources required for the economic development productively through Sri Lankan Capital Market, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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