01. Obtaining the membership in International Sustainable Tourism and Eliminating Poverty Organization (ST-EP) (Document No – 06)


ST-EP is proposed to be established under the patronage of United Nations World Tourism Organization with the view of facilitating knowledge management and project development for economic improvement through tourism promotion, implementation of researches and projects for achieving sustainable tourism development through elimination of poverty and contributing in protecting the environment and culture through public-private partnership. The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to obtain the membership in the said organization, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Registration of motorcycles used without registration (Document No – 07)

There are numerous motorcycles which are not registered in the Department of Motor Traffic (DMT). Such motorcycles are very useful in rural areas where ample public transportation is absent and they contribute much for the rural agricultural economy and self-employment. A large income for the government is lost in this regard. It has been recognized that it is suitable to provide an opportunity to register such bicycles through imposing a surcharge for establishing the law through preventing frauds, corruption and theft in the country. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to grant registration for such motorcycles as a concession after checking the documents, to implement this regarding motorcycles that conforms with the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act and not to prejudice legal importers of motorcycles, and to grant this concession for only four (04) months, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Lease out a land of 10 acres in Muthurajawela for a project of generating energy through solid waste (Document No – 15)

The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to lease out the above mentioned land owned by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation for 30 years to a private company for implementing a project for generating electricity through solid waste as a solution to the waste disposal issue, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Development of farms owned by the National Livestock and Development Board (NLDB) under the public-private participation programme (Document No – 18)

There are 31 crops and animal farms around the island owned by the NLDB and it also contributes in providing necessary assistance for small farm owners, and in national dairy production, meat production and egg production. Four large scale farms in Central and Southern Provinces have been developed with a large investment but farms with the same potential in other areas could not been developed with the difficulty of providing funds. Therefore the government pays its attention in developing them with public-private partnership. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to amend the act No. 11 of 1972, State Agricultural Corporations Act including necessary legal provisions for the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Prevention of coastal erosion in Oluwil and Nindavur areas in Ampara District (Document No – 21)

A Committee of Officials has already been appointed according to a proposal made by Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem to study the coastal erosion in about an area of 550 m on Northern area of the Oluwil harbour in Ampara District and to make recommendations on long term solutions and providing reliefs to affected people. The Sri Lanka Ports Authority has commenced conservation of about 150 m and the rest 400m should be commenced immediately. As it takes a long period of time to implement long-term measures the proposal made by Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to implement short term measures such as pileup sand heap along the beach and placing rock barriers with the cooperation of the Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management Department, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Task Force on Legal and Judicial Causes of Prison Overcrowding (Document No – 23)

The joint proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice and Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to appoint a Task Force on the above purpose with the Co-Chairpersonship of Secretary to the Ministry of Justice and Secretary to the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs and to obtain proposals on necessary amendments to be done to existing laws and procedures, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Implementation of three water supply schemes for community affected from water ingress to the main tunnel of Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project (Document No – 26)

The approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has already been granted to implement the above schemes for benefitting the affected communities in Weheragalatenna, Makulella, and Kurundugolla areas. Accordingly its construction has been commenced and it has revealed that the number of beneficiary families will increase from 1417 to 2400. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement these projects with immediate effect by amending the cost of these 03 projects as Rs. 317.24 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Implementation of short term priority water supply improvements in Three BOI Zones Biyagama, Wathupitiwala and Koggala and surroundings in Ranpokunugama and Kirindiwela areas of Gampaha District and Habaraduwa area of Galle District (Document No – 27)

The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to implement the improvements to existing water supply schemes for providing sufficient water supply for people in above areas at a cost of Rs. 1,531.9 million, considering them as priority projects, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Construction of Jaffna Pannai Prison Complex – Phase II (Document No – 30)

The above project is to be implemented to accommodate 1000 detainees. The first phase of the project has been completed and it can accommodate 130 detainees. The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to commence its second phase at an estimated cost of Rs. 623.32 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Standardizing the addressing of the Sri Lanka Police Department (Document No – 33)

The Police of Sri Lanka has been addressed in various terms in different periods. It has been addressed by the Police Ordinance No. 16 of 1865 and by directions of the Police Department as the 'Sri Lanka Police Force' and after 1945 as the 'Sri Lanka Police Department' and since 1972 it has been addressed as the 'Sri Lanka Police Service'. The Police Department celebrates its 150th anniversary this year and it has been considered to adopt a standard name for the police. Considering the above fact the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to use 'Sri Lanka Police' as its standard name, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Establishing Japan – Sri Lanka joint Comprehensive Partnership Secretariat in Colombo and Tokyo (Document No – 34)

During the official visit if Hon. Prime Minister in October 2015, the governments of Sri Lanka and Japan has agreed to declare the cooperation covering the areas of advanced agriculture, science and technology for industries, advanced infrastructure and regional development, education and human resources development, and civil security and safety. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to establish the Japan – Sri Lanka Joint Comprehensive Partnership Secretariat in Colombo and Tokyo for facilitating the above purposes, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Ratification of Paris Agreement by Sri Lanka (Document No – 35)

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change was signed by 178 countries including Sri Lanka at the UN headquarters on 02 April 2016. It expects to minimize the impact and risk of climate change though maintaining the general global warming less than 2 Celsius Degrees and by not exceeding 1.5 Celsius Degrees as much as possible. Sri Lanka has been identified by the agreement as an island state that face the impacts of climate changes such as prolong droughts, flash floods, rise in the sea level, landslides, and inundation of lowlands. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to ratify the Paris Agreement, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Development Policy Loan (Private Sector, Governance Improvement and Fiscal Consolidation (Document No – 36)

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide funds for the development process of the government considering the sectors of achieving the economic stability of Sri Lanka through financial stability of Sri Lanka, improvement of public resources management and facilitating public-private competition. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign exchange notes with the government of Japan to obtain development policy loan of Japanese Yen 10,000 (approximately Rs. 14,453 million) and to enter into a loan agreement with JICA on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Declaration of '2017- the Year of Alleviating Poverty' (Document No – 38)

The government has paid its attention on alleviating poverty according to the pledge given in Presidential Election 2015 and according to the UN sustainable development goals. Economic development should not aim only the economic development but should consider social security, minimizing income differences, marginalized communities due to various reasons, development diversities in provincial and district levels. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to declare the year 2017 as the 'Year of Alleviating Poverty' by recognizing the need of a macro programme and giving priority to a collective approach and to supervise the programme by a Committee comprised of relevant ministers and partners and headed by the President and the Prime Minister, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Strengthening the Secretariat for coordinating the reconciliation mechanism (Document No – 07)

The above secretariat was established in late 2015 according to a decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to productively implement decisions, programmes and processes related to reconciliation process. It is vested with the task of planning and implementing the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. It also coordinates and facilitates policy making and implementing agencies. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide necessary human resources and funds for this secretariat, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference (Document No – 09)

The Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference acts to affirm a good coordination in activities related to Catholics in Asian countries. The Plenary Meeting of this conference is held once in 04 years and it is scheduled to be held on 28th November to 04th December 2016 in Negombo. Eight Cardinals and more than 150 Bishops representing all countries in Asia will participate in this event. The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to obtain the contribution of the Sri Lankan government for holding this event in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Liberalization of lubricant industry (Document No – 14)

At present 13 companies including Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Lanka Indian Oil Company are engaged in the lubricant industry. However, Sri Lanka could not gain the full benefits of the industry due to issues such as non-issuance of new licence, not amending the biannual registration fees and licence fees since 2006, and non establishment of an independent regulator. Accordingly following proposals made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, presented with the view of implementing the budget proposal in 2016 to facilitate the competition of the industry, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(i). Call for applications from interested investors for issuance of licence by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development.
(ii). Increase the biannual fixed registration fee and licence fee from Rs. 1 million to Rs. 2 million and increase the maximum registration fee from Rs. 5 million to Rs. 6 million with immediate effect.
(iii). Instruct the Sri Lanka Standards Institute to issue national level quality certificates to imported and locally blended lubricants.
(iv). Authorise the Sri Lanka Public Utilities Commission to act as the regulator of the lubricant industry.
(v). Instruct the Consumer Affairs Authority to enact necessary legislation required to provide quality lubricant products to the public.
(vi). Instruct the Sri Lanka Customs and Department of Import and Export Control to strictly impose guidelines issued by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Development.

04. Liberalization of Bitumen trade (Document No – 15)

Bitumen which is widely used in road and other constructions has a frequently expanding market. It has a sustainable market as it is used in construction of new roads as well as renovation of roads. As in the region and in other developing countries there is an expanding market for bitumen, liberalization of the bitumen trade will enable Sri Lanka to become the regional supplier. Accordingly following proposals made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, presented with the view of implementing the budget proposal in 2016 to liberalize the bitumen market, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

(i). preparation of directions and policies for liberalization of bitumen import
(ii). Issuance of licence for bitumen import by listing it as an item under the Imports and Exports (Control) Act.
(iii). Instruct Sri Lanka Standards Institute to introduce standards to suit international standards.
(iv). Instruct Industrial Technology Institute and Road Development Authority to upgrade and accredit their laboratory facilities for issuance of quality conformity certificate.
(v). Introduction of a biannual fixed registration fee of Rs. 2 million from licence holders.

05. Agreement between Sri Lanka and Georgia on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official/service passports (Document No – 17)

The proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to enter into the above agreement with the view of developing the friendship between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


06. Allocation of funds for the completion of partially completed projects (Document No – 22)

Projects of construction of Battaramulla Polduwa by-pass road, drainage improvement in Imaduwa town, construction of Tangalle and Angunakolapelessa commercial complexes and Middeniya town development which are implemented by the Urban Development Authority and construction of Lunugamwehera and Walasmulla bus stands implemented by the Hambantota District Secretariat are being suspended. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to provide allocations of Rs. 516.8 million to complete the above projects and to assign their construction to current contractors, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


07. Transferring of government pilgrims rest building constructed under the Matale alu vihara sacred site planning scheme to the Matale alu vihara temple (Document No – 24)

The above building constructed by the government for providing accommodation for pilgrims was transferred to the Matale Alu Viharaya for 05 years from 2009. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to transfer the building for further 05 years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


08. Obtaining Indian Assistance for development activities in Hambantota District under 'Wewak samaga Gamak' programme (Document No – 25)

Indian government has agreed to provide a grant of Rs. 300 million for livelihood development including fisheries in Hambantota District. Part of the grant is expected to be used for developing fisheries villages under the above programme. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to sign an agreement between the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of India on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


09. Memorandum of Understanding for building cooperation in Fisheries Industry (Document No – 26)

The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to sign a MoU between the Fisheries Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China and the National Aquaculture Development Authority of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Granting financial subsidy for tea, rubber and coconut fertilizer (Document No – 28)

In terms of a decision made at the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management it has been decided to grant the fertilizer subsidy to tea, coconut and rubber smallholders who own a cultivated land in extent of one hectare or less, in proportion to the extent of land cultivated annually. A financial subsidy of Rs. 15000 for tea sector, Rs. 9000 for coconut sector and Rs. 5000 for rubber sector is granted. The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to increase the current extent of land from 01 hectare to 02 hectares with the view of benefitting more cultivators under the above subsidy scheme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Construction of proposed economic centre in Vavuniya at two places and obtaining of consultancy services (Document No – 32)

Selection of a suitable place to construct the Economic Centre in Vavuniya, which is to be constructed under a budget proposal 2016, has been assign to the Vavuniya District Development Committee. It was required to complete the construction using budgetary allocations within this year. Considering the recommendations made by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management, the proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to construct 2 Economic Centres in Mankulam of Mullaitivu District and in Mathauvaithakulam in Vavuniya District, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


12. Holding International Religious conference in November 2016 in Colombo (Document No – 40)

The Cabinet has already approved to hold two international religious conferences considering the timely need for building relationship, coexistence between religions and reconciliation between nationalities. The proposal made by Hon. M.H.A. Haleem, Minister of Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs, to obtain funds to hold the above conference under the theme 'Role of Religion in pluralistic and democratic societies in South and South East Asia- perspective of Islam' in November 2016 in Colombo with the participation of high level local and foreign representatives including heads of states of about 16 countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Obtaining fishnet products to be distributed among fishermen from Northsea Company (Document No – 41)

The joint proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs and Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to purchase fishnet products on the above purpose from 100% treasury owned company Northsea Limited, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Supply of Uniform and other clothing material for the Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Air Force and Civil defence Force for 2016 (Document No – 45)

Clothing requirement for above purposes are being purchased from local textile manufacturers from 2005 and it has been implemented under the Domestic Textile Allocation Committee established under the Ministry of Industry and Commerce. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to purchase required textiles from domestic manufacturers as recommended by the Domestic Textile Allocation Committee on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Construction of roads in downstream development area under Moragahakanda – Kaluganga Development Project (Document No – 46)

Development of irrigation and infrastructure in downstream area of the above project is important to resettle people affected by the project and to gain its full benefits. 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 contracts of construction of (road surfacing) Moragahakanda – Wellawela Road (6.37 km), Medirigiriya – Kantale Road via Agbopura (8.5 km) and roads inside New Laggala town according to the recommendations made by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Central Expressway Project – Construction of 3rd phase from Pothuhera to Galagedara (32.5 km) – Obtaining bids and proposals (Document No – 47)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to call for bids and proposals for selection of a contractor and a consultant according to the recommendations made by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management on the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Infrastructure development in the Sri Lanka institute of Advanced Technological Education, Jaffna (Document No – 48)

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award the contract for construction of a 04 storied building for the Institute of Advanced Technological Education, Jaffna, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Ratnapura Expressway project – Receive proposals for the procurement of civil works contracts (Document No – 50)

It is proposed to construct Ratnapura Expressway (73.9 km) from Kahathuduwa interchange on the Southern Expressway to Pelmandulla. Feasibility studies, preliminary design and environmental impact assessment are being carried out at present. The EXIM bank of China has agreed to fund its civil work construction. The Expressway is to be constructed in 04 parts and the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to call for technical and financial proposals from companies recommended by the Government of China for the each part of the road, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Construction of a new three storied building for the Haliela Divisional Secretariat (Document No – 52)

Haliela Divisional Secretary Division in Badulla District is comprised of 57 Grama Niladhari Divisions and a population of over 90000 people. Currently the Divisional Secretariat is situated in old building with limited space causing various difficulties for the public. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a new three storied building for the benefit of the public and the staff at an estimated cost of Rs. 176 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Award of contract for construction of Habarana – Veyangoda 220 kV Transmission line (lot-b) (Document No – 55)

Above project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Construction of a housing scheme for married officers of the Police Special Task Force (Document No – 56)

It has become an immediate requirement to provide housing facilities for married officers in the STF engaged in various defence activities including maintaining law and order in Colombo and suburbs, control of violence, and relief operations in disaster situations. The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to construct a housing complex in the Kalapaluwawa STF Camp at an estimated cost of Rs. 388 million on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Establishment of National Information Centre (Document No – 57)

Provision of complete, reliable and accurate official information to public is a key responsibility of the government and it has been reaffirmed by the recently adopted Right to Information Act. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to establish a National Information Centre by implementing rules of good governance, obtaining public opinion in policy making, providing official information of the government to electronic and print media and coordinating information and to act as the government's official media spokesperson, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Granting state lands for landless war heroes (Document No – 08)

The government has implemented various welfare programmes for caring of war heroes who have sacrificed their lives, being disappeared and become disabled in tri forces, the police department and the Civil Security Department during their active service on behalf of the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Accordingly granting of state lands to them under the State Lands Ordinance is being implemented and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to proceed with the project with introducing amendments to resolve its prevailing shortcomings, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02. Rehabilitation of degraded agricultural lands in Kandy, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya districts (Document No – 11)

The land degradation caused by various reasons including soil erosion has become a severe environmental issue in Sri Lanka. About 50% of lands in central highlands have degraded and most of them are in Kandy, Badulla and Nuwara Eliya Districts. The government has paid its attention on preventing this issue through a sustainable land management, considering its impact on ecosystem and farmers in the area. 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 during 2016-2020 with funds provided by the Government of Sri Lanka amounted to US$ 9,740,000 and by the Global Environmental Facility through Food and Agriculture Organization amounted to US$ 1,334,657, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Provision of solutions to issues occurred with the control of use of chemicals harmful to Ozone layer (Document No – 12)

The Government of Sri Lanka has taken steps to gradually remove from use, the material harmful to ozone layer and introduction of ozone friendly alternatives and technologies according to the provisions of Vienna convention and Montreal Protocol. Accordingly a limitation and a quota scheme for Hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) have been introduced in 2013. This may impact on services and maintenance activities which require the said chemical especially the refrigerators and air conditioners sector. 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 with representatives from relevant ministries, departments and institutions to review and make recommendations to the Cabinet of Ministers on the short-term and long-term proposals made in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Implementation of an international standard for plugs and socket outlets (Document No – 15)

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka should take action to protect public from possible accidents occurred from generation, transmission, distribution and supply or the use of electricity according to the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009. Reported deaths occurred in 2012 due to electrocution was 180 which is a high value compared to international indicators. The commission has implemented various awareness programmes and direct interferences to minimize electrocutions by 2020. Therefore, the total deaths have been minimized to 77 in 2015. Use of various substandard plugs, sockets, electrical accessories, adaptors, and extension codes have caused many electrocutions and fires. Hence, considering opinion of professionals, public and relevant institutions the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to apply G grade as the sole standard for plugs and socket outlets used in Sri Lanka, and to allow the use of currently used plugs and socket outlets and which are sold within next two years (02) to the end of their lifetime, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Obtaining the service of retired Technical Officers of three armed forces for development programmes implemented under the Ministry of National policies and Economic affairs (Document No – 16)

Two (02) rural infrastructure development projects covering all the districts in the country have been implemented under the Ministry of National policies and Economic Affairs. In addition other projects by various ministries are being implemented through District Secretariats. The requirement of Technical Officers in the regional level is 700 but only 300 are in the active service that causes a barrier in completion of above projects in due dates. 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 service of retired Technical Officers of Three Armed Forces in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Developing an integrated rural development mechanism (Document No – 17)

Shortcomings such as coordinating weaknesses and inclusion of tasks in a certain project in the scope of another project have occurred in implementation of rural infrastructure projects by various ministries. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to establish a steering committee comprised of Secretaries or their representatives of Ministries of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Finance, Home Affairs, Rural Economics and Provincial Councils and Local Government to implement an integrated rural development mechanism, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Holding the Second Global Health Consultation on Migration Health in Sri Lanka from 25th to 28th October 2016 (Document No – 27)

H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena has proposed to hold the above event with the view of emphasising the importance of holding such discussions for highlighting important and common issues on protecting the health of migrants. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to hold the above event in Sri Lanka from 25th to 28th October 2016 with the participation of around 40 countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Permission under section 22(4) of the Exchange Control Act for remittance of export proceeds (Document No – 29)

Payments received for exports should be remitted within 90 days from the exportation according to the provisions of the Exchange Control Act. According to the requests made by relevant parties, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to extend the relevant period as 120 days with effect from 01 August 2016 and to provide a relief period of 30 days before taking legal action after the expiration of 120 days, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. National Policy on durable solutions for conflict-affected displacement (Document No – 32)

This policy has been prepared with long discussions held with relevant ministries, national, provincial and district level stakeholders, UN agencies, Civil Society Organizations, and displaced communities. It demonstrates the government's commitment in rebuilding the lives of displaced families on a rights-based approach. Affirming a durable solution goes beyond resettlement and it includes provision of protection, housing, water, sanitation and healthcare, primary education, a good living standard, and access to livelihood etc. Also they should be socialised without any discrimination based on their gender, ethnicity, age, language, political opinion, religion, caste, living place etc. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to accept the above policy, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Development of Anamaduwa Public Bus stand stage II (Document No – 42)

Anamduwa town renders its service to many rural areas that are depending on agriculture especially as a centre for sale of agricultural products and provision of material for a large catchment area. The Bus stand situated in the centre of the town provides facilities to about 15,000 passengers daily. Anamaduwa Bus Stand development has been identified as a priority project by the Anamaduwa Development Plan, and its construction have commenced in 2012 with provincial council funds. As the project aims to develop urban facilities for the public, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to complete its balance work by the Urban Development Authority and to obtain required allocations of Rs. 25 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Re-development of Chilaw Fishery Harbour (Document No – 43)

Re-development of the Chilaw Fishery Harbour, which is situated near the estuary of the Deduru Oya, is a long awaited request by the fishermen of the area and its renovation is being done. Currently, about 1110 OFRP and about 35 multiday boats are carrying out fishing in this area and the lagoon basin is used as an anchorage. The main issue is the protection of fishery vessels while travelling through the estuary of the Deduru Oya. Many lives and property have been damaged in rough sea conditions. Therefore, people have to engage in fishing activities only in calm sea conditions. As a solution to this problem the feasibility report proposes to construct a breakwater and to remove sand from access road and mouth of the lagoon and the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to obtain funds of Rs. 550 million required in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Provision of new infrastructure for regional courts (Document No – 46)

Many Magistrate Courts and District Courts situated outside Colombo are being maintained in old buildings with minimum facilities causing difficulties in proceeding with legal procedures. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to construct new buildings for courts in Gampola, Ruwanwella, Mullaitivu and Passara and to establish a Circuit Magistrate's Court in Mankulam with an estimated cost of Rs. 1,172 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Helanco Hotels and Spa (PVT) Ltd – Reduction of Stated Capital (Document No – 47)

A sum of Rs. 18.5 billion was invested by Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Employees Provident Fund and Litro Gas Lanka Ltd in the equity of Canwill Holdings (Pvt) Ltd for the purpose of construction of Grand Hyatt Colombo Hotel through its fully owned subsidiary Sinolanka Hotels and Spa Pvt Ltd and the constructions commenced in 2012. During its construction it was decided to invest Rs. 4 billion in building another hotel called Hyatt Regency in Hambantota. Although, Rs. 315 million has been spent, constructions of the said hotel have not been commenced. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Public Enterprise Development, to use the funds allocated for Hyatt Regency in completion of the Grand Hyatt Colombo Hotel, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. It has also been decided to investigate on investing money of public enterprises in commercial ventures which are out of their basic objectives.

14. Cultural Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of France and Sri Lanka (Document No – 51)

The joint proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs and Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to enter into the above agreement between the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs of Sri Lanka for exchange of knowledge and experience on museum sector and conservation of architectural heritage and archaeological sites in France and Sri Lanka and to enable Sri Lanka to obtain new technology in France and their specialist cooperation in the said fields, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Additional Financing for Local Government Enhancement Sector Project (Pura Neguma) (Document No – 53)

The proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to take action for provision of clean drinking water for Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa Districts which the Chronic Kidney Disease is being prevailed and Matale District of Central Province Badulla and Monaragala Districts in Uva Province and Puttalam and Kurunegala Districts in North Western Province, improve provision of infrastructure and basic facilities on priority basis in provincial level, and to maintain restructuring activities and capacity building in a sustainable level of local government institutions covered by the project under the above project with an investment of US$ 67.84 million by the Asian Development Fund and the Government of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Construction of two storied building instead of the building No. 54, at Katukurunda Training School of Special Task Force (Document No – 55)

The main training school of the Special Task Force (STF) which is under the Police Department is the Katukurunda Training School. Trainings such as Training on VIP security, training in riots and commotions control, and training on bomb disposal are being conducted in the school. Local and Foreign groups of officers are also trained. The building which provides residential facilities to trainees is very old and it can only provide accommodation for 100 officers. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to build a new two storied building that enables to provide accommodation for 200 officers at an estimated cost of Rs. 101.49 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Requesting for proposals for the enhancement and upgrading of institute of Engineering Technology, Katunayake (Document No – 60)

Above project has already been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to obtain proposals from the supplier recommended by the Government of Austria, which is the funding country, and to appoint a Technical Evaluation Committee and a Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee to evaluate those proposals and to implement this project at a maximum cost of Euro 9.5 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Implementation of a Community based power generation programme "Soorya Bala Sangramaya" (Battle for Solar Energy) (Document No – 67)

Currently 50% of electricity production in Sri Lanka is done by renewable energy sources and it is expected to increase this percentage to 60% in 2020 and to 70% in 2030. Accordingly, it is required to build wind power plants of 600 MW and solar power plants of 3000 MW within the next 10 years. It is expected to join consumers in power generation and to promote small solar power plants established on the roof of their houses by the project called 'Soorya Bala Sangramaya'. It is expected to make at least 20% of consumers to produce electricity and it is expected pay for the excess electricity generated by the consumer. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to implement this project within the next 10 years as a national programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Relief to police officers who have faced difficulties due to political reasons (Document No – 08)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide reliefs to police officers who are not being undergone any disciplinary action among 129 officers recommended by the Committee of Officials appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers to consider appeals which have been submitted by police officers who have confronted political revenge, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. It has been decided to implement the said recommendations not to affect the seniority of officers in police service.


02. Financial City (Document No – 09)

The key objective of the proposed financial city is to become the prominent financial hub in the region and it has concerned to attract foreign investments from Indian, South Asian, and Middle East region as well as from European countries including England. Making this city the financial hub of the region will increase the flow of foreign capital into the country. It will also provide broad opportunities of employment for Sri Lankans. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to implement the this project under the supervision of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to draft legislations for establishment of the Financial City and to obtain required legal services in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Programme for development of Religious Centres with the view of building a moral society (Document No – 14)

Religious values should be promoted to build a moral society in the country and the government has paid its attention to develop selected religious centres in various provinces of the country for making a religious awakening in the country. This intends to use a religious approach for building a civilized society with the influence of religious practice by preventing the spiritual decline. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to implement this programme with special attention on active religious centres and to appoint a Committee with Secretary to the President, Secretary to the Prime Minister and Secretary to the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to coordinate this programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. The Project for improving Japanese television programmes in Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (Document No – 15)

The government of Japan has agreed to provide a grant of Japanese Yen 52.6 million (approximately Rs. 73 million) for providing 449 educational documentary programmes to the SLRC. It will also cover the costs for dubbing, subtitling, and production to be telecasted in Sri Lanka. This will increase the global awareness of Sri Lankan spectators. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign exchange notes, and to enter into a grant agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Guidelines on Swiss challenge procedure (Document No – 16)

The government emphasizes the following of competitive bidding to affirm the transparency and value for money in implementing development projects and also discourages unsolicited proposals. However, many countries follow the Swiss Challenge Procedure on such unsolicited proposals considering their positive aspects such as reveal of potentialities that have not been concerned. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to include the Guidelines on Swiss Challenge Procedure prepared by the Ministry of Finance in the Government Procurement Guidelines to be followed on unsolicited proposals, was approved as a principle by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Strengthening of Dengue prevention and controlling activities in Sri Lanka (Document No – 26)

The Dengue disease has been a major health issue in the recent past and the Ministry of Health has taken many steps to fight this challenge. However it has been observed that such activities should be continued as dengue breeding places are situated in household and institutional premises. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to assign a permanent and committed staff to implement a dengue prevention programme, and to provide necessary physical resources and to implement the programme with the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Publishing of healthcare information, news and advertisement through TV screens for patients and visitors in government hospitals (Document No – 27)

The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to implement a project for instalment of LED TV screens in suitable places in clinics, wards, OPDs and entrances, for publishing above material in a novel way for patients and visitors, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Establishment of the Financial Assets Management Agency (Document No – 31)

It has been proposed in the budget 2016 to establish an agency for restructuring of financial assets for supporting the recapitalization and restructuring of failing finance companies. Accordingly, the Financial Assets Management Agency is to be setup. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to proceed with the above activities including preparing the legal framework in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Establishment of the Performance and Efficiency Management Unit (Document No – 32)

Performance Management is very important for sustainable and fixed public finance management and for utilization of taxes charged from the people in efficient and fruitful manner. However, it was a weakness that an agency to study whether the government funds have been invested productively and have they been achieved the expected goals. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to establish the PEM unit under the General Treasury to review the efficiency and productivity of fund utilization of Ministries, Departments and Public Enterprises, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Paddy Purchasing Programme in Yala Season 2016 (Document No – 35)

The harvesting of Yala season 2016 will be commencing recently and the Paddy Purchasing Board has planned to purchase 120,000 MT of paddy covering 19 districts under the Paddy Purchasing Programme. Hence, it is expected to purchase paddy directly from registered farmers engaged in cultivation under the coordination of District Secretaries, Divisional Secretaries and Officers in the rural level. The proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to purchase a kilogram of Keeri Samba paddy for Rs. 50/-, a kilogram of Samba paddy for Rs. 41/- and a kilogram of Nadu paddy for Rs. 38 in Yala Season 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Special Deposit Account Act (Document No – 37)

It has been proposed by the budget 2016 to grant residency visa to foreign individuals who bring a large amount of foreign exchange into the country and it is essential to introduce the Special Deposits Account Act to implement that proposal. Under the proposed act individual who remits US$ 300,000 will be granted 10 years residency visa and a minimum balance of US$ 300,000 should be maintained throughout the 10 years. Expenses of such persons would create a demand for our products and services such as hotels, recreation and transport and encouraging them to start ventures in these countries will provide employment opportunities as well as business partners for Sri Lankans. These visa holders will not be entitled to be employed in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to direct the Legal Draftsman to draft the proposed Special Deposit Account Act, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Exportation of unique and exclusive antiquities in Sri Lanka for foreign exhibitions (Document No – 39)

Requests have been made by foreign countries and their Missions in Sri Lanka regarding the above matter. Considering the value and safety of those antiquities the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to prepare replica of selected collection of antiquities to be provided for exhibition in foreign countries only with the bilateral agreement between leaders of two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Establishment of the Centre of Excellence in Robotic Application (Document No – 41)

It is expected that the Global Robotic Technology Market will reach US$ 82.7 billion in 2020. Though Sri Lanka is in a primary level in robotic technology, it has been observed that a peculiar support could be obtained in increasing the productivity and competition in Sri Lankan industries. It will help in automation of tasks, increase productivity and quality and to minimize human mistakes. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to establish a Centre of Excellence in Robotic Application with a public – private partnership, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Development of Smart Cities under the Western Megapolis (Document No – 44)

It has been identified as an essential task to develop infrastructure in Smart Cities in the Western Megapolis. Information and Communication Technology is utilized in Smart Cities for expanding quality, performance and interaction in urban services, minimizing of cost and resource consumption, and improving the relationship between the citizens and the government. According to the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the internationally recognized Siemens Limited for obtaining ICT assistance in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Obtaining the cooperation of the International Enterprise Singapore to implement Western Region Megapolis Development Activities (Document No – 45)

The Western Region Megapolis has been identified as the key development strategy and a number of projects are to be implemented under that project. Some of the projects among them are complex and technically sophisticated projects and require the support of international experts. Therefore, considering the importance of exchanging the experiences of Singapore, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to sign a MoU with the International Enterprise Singapore, which is under the Ministry of Trade and Industries of Singapore, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Allocation of a land at Dambulla to the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs to setup a cold store (Document No – 46)

The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to allocate a land of 188 perches to the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs to the assessed value of the Chief Assessor to set up a cold store under the implementation of the second stage of the Dambulla Special Economic Centre, benefiting local vegetable and fruit producers, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Establishment of a High tech agriculture Training Centre at Walpita Farm owned by the Department of Agriculture with the Objective of having access to the advance agricultural knowhow in Japan (Document No – 50)

It is important to train a group of persons that can productively use the technical knowledge and to attract young entrepreneurs for increasing the productivity in agricultural field. The Japan Lanka Agriculture Industrial Research and Training Centre (Pvt) Ltd registered in Sri Lanka expects to establish a Research and Training Centre in Sri Lanka and a land of 06 acres in Walpita Farm is expected to be utilized in this regard. The proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to sign a MoU with the relevant company in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Strengthening of the National Equipment and Machinery Organization (Document No – 54)

The National Equipment and Machinery Organization was established in 1992 for provision of required equipment and machinery to public institutions and Local Government Institutions and currently it is operated as an independent institution under the State Engineering Corporation. The proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to obtain the further service of the National Equipment and Machinery Organization for obtaining machinery and vehicles for construction projects of government institutions and to award contracts for selected works, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Procurement of locally manufactured surgical rubber gloves for government hospitals (Document No – 64)

Rubber gloves used in surgeries in government hospitals are being purchased from local manufacturers and the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above tender as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Construction of the proposed Divisional Secretariat in Wattala (Document No – 65)

The current building which the Wattala Divisional Secretariat is being situated will be removed for the construction of the Outer Circular Highway. The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a new five storied building for the said Divisional Secretariat at an estimated cost of Rs. 198.8 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Construction of a new two storied building for the Divisional Secretariat, Mahiyanganaya (Document No – 66)

The Mahiyanganaya Divisional Secretary Division is comprised of 35 Grama Niladhari Divisions and a population of 84,000 persons. The space of allocated for the office is inadequate compared to the service rendered by it. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a new two storied building for the Mahiyanganaya Divisional Secretariat at a cost of Rs. 221 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Construction of a new three storied building for the District Secretariat, Kilinochchi (Document No – 67)

The Kilinochchi District is comprised of 04 Divisional Secretariats and 95 Grama Niladhari Divisions with population of 138,792 of 41,792 families. The first phase of constructing a new building for the District Secretariat completed in 2014 and in the completed first floor about 250 employees are engaged in services facing many difficulties. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to complete the second phase of the above project at a cost of Rs. 565.5 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23. Setting up of Immigration and Emigration Law Enforcement Centre (Document No – 68)

The Cabinet of Ministers have already approved the establishment of a detention centre for foreigners to be detained until they are deported who have retained in the country after the expiry of visa and who use Sri Lanka as a migration centre for illegally migrating to other countries. It has been observed that it should be facilitated near the Bandaranaike International Airport. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to set up the said Immigration and Emigration Law Enforcement Centre in the land of Kaludiyawalawatta, of Katana Divisional Secretary Division in Gampaha District at a cost of Rs. 327 million, according to the plan prepared by the Department of Buildings, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24. Construction of Buildings to provide Hostel Facilities at District Level for Public Officers (Document No – 70)

Public servants face many difficulties in finding accommodation when they are attached to and transferred to service stations out of their districts. Female officers should be provided safe accommodation facilities and married officers should be provided accommodation facilities to reside with their families. As a solution to this issue, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Public Administration and Management, to implement housing schemes separately for unmarried and married officers within 05 years in five stages, covering five districts in each stage, with paying prior attention to districts which finding accommodation is very difficult, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25. Purchase of new multirole fighter and associated weapons (Document No – 80)

The fighter aircrafts of the Sri Lanka Air Force have been aging and it is required to maintain them updated due to the importance of maintaining the oceanic security and being prepared for any unexpected threat. Hence, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to obtain expressions of interest from interested aircraft manufacturers, assistant manufacturers, and authorised government agents on the government to government basis purchasing, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

26. Appointment of a Committee to report on coastal erosion affecting oluvil and ninthavur areas in the Ampara District and the payment of compensation to the affected (Document No – 82)

The above disaster have affected mainly on farmers and fisheries communities and their livelihoods. The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to appoint a Committee of Senior Officials to review the situation and to assess the damage caused, to identify the exact amount farmers and fisheries families affected, and to make recommendations on compensations to be granted to them, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Colombo Port City Project / Proposed Financial City Project – Proposed amendments for the agreement signed in September 2014 (Document No – 06, 07, 08 and 09)

Given below is a summary of changes which are suggested to incorporate in to the original agreement signed in September 2014.

Free hold lands

• According to the agreement signed in September 2014 signed by the previous government, a land of 20 hectares will be granted to the C.H.E.C. Port City (Pvt) Ltd on free hold base and the rest land is granted on 99 year lease basis.

• According to the consultations of the new government, no land will be granted on free hold basis, and all the lands will be on 99 year lease basis. If the government does not require these 20 hectares, the company may obtain the land for another 99 years.

Role of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Urban Development Authority

• According to the original agreement the Ports Authority Act is to be amended to enable the Ports Authority to obtain 62 hectares from the project company for its use and development activities. According to the article 6 of the act, this is limited to the objectives of the Ports Authority. Though the previous government has declared that Sri Lankan lands could be used for development of immovable properties, no such authority is granted under the article no. 6.

• Under the new agreement, the Sri Lanka Ports Authority will not be assigned of immovable properties development and its responsibilities will be limited to activities allowed by the current Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act. Therefore, it has been decided that the most suitable institution to assign reclaimed lands is the Urban Development Authority.

Role of the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development

• Under the new agreement, responsibility of performing government responsibilities including amendment of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority Act is vested with the Ministry of Ports and Shipping.

• Instead of the agreement signed by the previous government on 16 September 2014, a new trilateral agreement will be signed among the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development (on behalf of the government), UDA and the project company.

Legal situation of the lands proposed to be filled

The status of lands to be filled is unclear under the original concessionary agreement signed by the previous government. Those lands are not a part of the Colombo District. Hence, it is not considered as a land belonging to the Sri Lankan territory according to the article 5 of the Constitution. Under the new law, the land will be brought into the Administrative District of Colombo, and it will be assigned to the proposed Financial City Corporation out of the Colombo Municipal Council.

• According to the original agreement a key tax plan will be implemented by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority related to leasing of lands to the project company.

• Under the new agreement, filled lands will be gazetted by H.E. the President under the Lands Ordinance and thereafter will be allocated to the UDA. The UDA will declare them as a development area under the Urban Development Authority Act. This will happen before land is leased on 99 year basis to the Project Company.

Fishermen's Income Support Programme

• Under the original agreement, responsibility for funding the income support programme to fishermen was a responsibility of the SLPA. No such programme was implemented by the previous administration of the SLPA.

• Under the new agreement, the project company will allocate Rs. 500 million towards the fishermen's income support programme to the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to implement the programme in consultation with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development.

Utilities and transport infrastructure

• Under the original agreement all investments in roads and utilities within the reclaimed area was the responsibility of the project company while providing all utilities and road infrastructure to the periphery of the site was the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka.

• Under the new agreement, the possibility of undertaking public-private partnerships through the project company will be evaluated as a long term solution to ease the GOSL's responsibility of undertaking provisions of road infrastructure and utilities to the periphery of the site.

Management and maintenance of the reclaimed area

• Under the original agreement, an Estate Management Company (EMC) 100% owned by the GOSL would manage, maintain, and repair the common areas of the Port City by collecting management charges from investors. However, until such time EMC is self-sustainable, GOSL or SLPA would have had to inject funds for the operation of the EMC.

• In order to ease the GOSL's obligation to fund such a venture, under the new agreement, the project company has agreed to consider establishing and operating the EMC in partnership with GOSL.

Limits imposed on developing GOSL lands

• The original agreement limits developments GOSL could undertake on its land during three years from the completion of reclamation to educational and cultural activities only.

• Under the new agreement the above has expanded in favour of the GOSL to include healthcare and hospitals and exhibition and convention centres and the new Colombo International Financial Centre. Also no restrictions will be placed on developing the North and West ports of the Colombo Harbour. In addition, the project company has agreed to setting up the CIFC building in the land area reclaimed first including making a new investment in the CIFC building no sooner it is technically feasible to build on reclaimed land and upon mutually acceptable terms being agreed with the GOSL after a feasibility study.

Compensation claims

• In view of the goodwill created by the visits of His Excellency the President and the Hon. Prime Minister to China, the project company has agreed to withdraw all compensation claims for losses incurred due to the suspension of the project caused by the failure of the previous administration of the SLPA to obtain the required environmental permits.

• In their original Master Plan there was provision for night racing. They had fully abandoned that plan at present. In view of this, a large extent of marketable land becomes available. Out of this, 2 hectares may be allocated to them, without reducing the land extent of 62 hectares owned by the GOSL. This will be a gesture to reciprocate their goodwill in completely waiving off all compensation claims.

• The above proposal was acceptable to the GOSL since the project company has agreed in the new master plan approved by the UDA this year to increase public lands (parks, roads, walkways, etc. to be used by the general public) by 28 hectares more than originally planned to make Port City more attractive to the public. For example, when completed port city will have 45 hectares of parks and 13 hectares of artificial beaches (compared to 5.7 hectares available to the public at Galle Face Green).

Environmental approvals

• Under the original agreement, the responsibility for undertaking and financing all environmental approvals for the project was a responsibility of the SLPA. There were shortcomings in the environmental approvals obtained by the former administration of the SLPA.

• A comprehensive new supplementary environmental impact assessment was carried out by the Ministry of Megapolis in 2015 to address such shortcomings with the cooperation and funding extended by the project company.


New environmental conditions

• Under the original environmental impact assessment study carried out in 2011, 42 conditions were imposed by the Department of Coast Conservation in its development permit.

• Under the new supplementary environmental impact assessment carried out by the Ministry of Megapolis for 269 hectares of reclaimed land and made available for public comments in December 2015, the new development permit issued by the Department of Coast Conservation includes 70 conditions to mitigate the impact on the environment.


Change of status

• The previous administration had this as a Land Reclamation Project to utilize this initially for real estate, sports, education and cultural development including night racing tracks etc. Therefore, the bulk of the land was not available for real estate development by the government.

• Now it has been agreed with the Chinese Government that this land is being used to build a Financial City to fill the vacuum between Singapore and Dubai. This will enable offshore operations. For this purpose, the government will propose new laws for governing offshore activities like in Dubai. The Financial City will make a major income earner and an employment provider for Sri Lanka.


02. Granting of state land on long term lease towards the construction of 'Resource Centre' for Sri Lanka Administrative Service Officers (Document No - 10)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to grant a land in Battaramulla area to build a Resource Centre for officers of the Sri Lanka Administrative Service, which is considered as the prominent and most important public service in implementing public policies in national, provisional and divisional level, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Establishment of Tri Forces Central Ammunition Armoury and Commercial Explosive Armoury complex in an area with low population (Document No - 11)

In the period which the conflict was on progress at North Eastern areas, ammunition and explosives were stored temporarily in various places, and in 2011 the cabinet has approved the establishment of an armoury complex in the international standard in an area with low population. As it is suitable to store armaments in an area with low population, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to build an armoury in Oyamaduwa area of the Anuradhapura District in the international standard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Establishment of Human Resource Service agency (Document No - 13)

According to the proposal made by the Hon. Prime Minister to establish a Human Resources Service Agency (HRSA) with the view of obtaining the service of professionals for national policy making and efficient implementation of development programmes, the cabinet has already approved to incorporate the said agency under the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to obtain a grant of Rs. 5 million from the consolidated fund to fund the initial capital of the agency and to obtain the service of a private legal service provider for incorporation of the said agency, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Reconstruction/restoration of temples and places of worship damaged due to war in Northern and Eastern Provinces (Document No - 14)

Due to the war prevailed in Northern and Eastern Provinces for a long period many temples and places of worship have been damaged. Requests have been made to assign renovation of them directly to Trust Boards of respective temples/places of worship instead of following the tender procedure. Considering the nature of such constructions and financial and physical aids from local and foreign sources, and the labour contribution, steps have been taken to assign the renovation/restoration of temples/places of worship to management/trust board of respective place of worship under the direct supervision of District Secretaries and Divisional Secretaries. Above information presented by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Granting of loans for small and medium enterprise sector development and employment generation (Document No - 15)

An amount of Rs. 19,875 million has been allocated by the 2016 budget for the Rural Reawakening Programme for the development of all Grama Niladhari Divisions in the country through developing livelihood and infrastructure of the people all over the country. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to implement a programme called 'Small and Medium Enterprise Sector Development and Employment Generation' with Rs. 4,000 million of the above funds with the view of generating more employment opportunities in the SME sector, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Implementation of short term priority water supply improvements in Matara District (Document No - 17)

Two separate water supply schemes are being implemented for Matara and Weligama Urban Council areas and Pradeshiya Sabha areas. With the increasing demand their capacity is not sufficient. As a solution to the above issue, it has been decided to implement the 'Matara Stage IV Water Supply Project' and it is to be completed in 2019. Until it is being done, the proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to implement the tasks for improving the capacity of Malimbada and Hallala Water Treatment Plants as a short term measure at an estimated cost of Rs. 477 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Proposed amendments to the Regulation of Insurance Industry Act No. 43 of 2000 (Document No - 20)

The Insurance Board of Sri Lanka was established by the Regulation of Insurance Industry Act No. 43 of 2000 for facilitating the development, supervision and regulation of the insurance industry in Sri Lanka, and was subsequently amended by acts No. 27 of 2007 and No. 03 of 2011. The cabinet of ministers have granted the approval in 2013 to make several amendments including changing the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka into Insurance Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka, and accordingly the amended bill has been prepared by the Legal Draftsman. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to finalize the bill by adding the amendments recommended by the Insurance Board to provide a level playing field for foreign and local insurance companies, and to present the bill in parliament after obtaining the clearance of the Attorney General, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

01. Productive use of government funds for foreign travel (Document No - 06)

It is the duty of all public representatives and public officers to act with thrift and responsibility in expending government funds. Accordingly, instruction circulars have been issued to all public institutions. However, it has been observed that some public representatives as well as officers are engaged in foreign travels as groups especially in provincial councils and local government institutions neglecting these instructions, using public funds and foreign grants. Therefore, considering the need of expending foreign grants and foreign loans in a productive manner, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to prepare a suitable method on foreign travels of public representatives and public officers, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Concessionary taxes for commercial lands leased under state lands ordinance (Document No - 12)
Under the provisions of the State Lands Ordinance, for lands which are leased for thirty (30) years under the long-term lease scheme, the tax is calculated according to the market value calculated by the Chief Assessor and the tax rate is increased in 50% in every five years. In renting state lands for commercial enterprises the tax rate remains a high value causing many difficulties to small and medium scale entrepreneurs. Considering above facts the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to prepare a concessionary taxation method for leasing state lands, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers
03. A dollar credit line of us$ 318 million from the Government of India for the development of Sri Lankan Railway Sector (Document No - 14)

India has already granted loan facilities of about US$ 966 million for the development of the Sri Lankan railway service and they have been utilized in improving northern and southern railway lines and to purchase engines and power sets. During the Sri Lankan visit of the Indian Prime Minister in 2015, he has agreed to grant a further loan of US$ 318 million for the improvement of the railway. This loan amount is expected to be utilized in improving the signal system from Maho to Anuradhapura and Anuradhapura to Omanthai, and to purchase 06 power sets with AC carriages, 10 engines, 30 wagons with oil tanks, 20 container carrying wagons, and 160 carriages. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into an agreement with the EXIM Bank of India to obtain the said loan, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Establishment of Wildlife Control Units (Document No - 15)

Numerous long term and midterm steps have been planned to end the wild elephant-human conflict but it will take a considerable time to gain outputs by implementing these steps. Hence, there should be an arrangement to minimize damages caused by wild elephants. Moreover, there should be a programme to minimize the damages caused by animals such as leopards and crocodiles and vise versa. The cabinet approval has already been granted to establish Wildlife Control Units to act in incidents related to wild animals – human conflict as a short-term measure covering all wildlife zones that such incidents are frequently reported. According to the recommendations of the Committee of Officials appointed in this regard the proposal made by Hon. Sumedha G. Jayasena, Acting Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to establish 05 wildlife control units swiftly as a pilot project and to review their progress to continue the establishment of the rest wildlife control units, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Establishment of an Independent aircraft accident investigation bureau (Document No - 18)

It is essential to establish an independent institution to investigate aircraft accidents in each country that are members of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Sri Lanka is also a member of the convention. Its objective is to improve the security of aviation services, prevent possible accidents in the future, and to make recommendations for the improvement of aviation services by identifying factors for such incidents. According to the Civil Aviation Act No. 14 of 2010 the power to investigate on aircraft accidents occurred within the Sri Lankan territory is vested with the Civil Aviation Authority. According to the responsibility bound by the above convention the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to draft legislations to establish the Independent Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to act in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Obtaining funds for the construction of a building complex for the National Institute of Social Development in Seeduwa (Document No - 20)

National Institute of Social Development is the only public institution that educates on social work in Sri Lanka. It conducts qualitative courses with practical trainings. Currently about 1500 students are following 17 full time courses with many difficulties in a space of about 70,000 square feet. It is not sufficient conducting courses, maintaining office activities and providing welfare services for teachers and students. Therefore according to the recommendations made by the Committee of Officials appointed in this regard, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to construct a building of about 100,000 square feet as the first phase of project for constructing a building complex for the National Institute of Social Development, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Project to upgrade and popularize Science, Technology, and Engineering and Mathematics education in schools (Document No - 22)

It is expected that 65% of future occupations will be related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education. However, in Sri Lanka only 30% of students study the above streams. This value is much low compared to the world job market. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to implement the above project with the association of the Ministry of Education and other relevant ministries for upgrade and popularise above fields among students and to improve the teaching process, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Construction of two-storied paediatric ward complex at provincial general hospital - Ratnapura (Document No - 27)

The Ratnapura Provincial General Hospital is the largest hospital that provides tertiary services in the Sabaragamuwa Province and it renders services to adjoining provinces too. However, there exists only one paediatric ward with 68 beds. The Paediatric Ward is always overcrowded due to directly admitted patients as well as patients transferred from surrounding hospitals. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to construct a two storied building with funds donated by donors at an estimated cost of Rs. 70 million for addition of 116 additional beds to the ward and to provide the rest facilities by the government, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


09. Enter into Memorandum of Understanding to improve the National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka (Document No - 28)

According to data of the World Health Organization, corneal blindness is the forth key reason for blindness. This could be cured by transplanting the cornea. Currently about 10 million patients suffer from corneal blindness worldwide and the lack of cornea supply for transplantation is a major barrier to eradicate corneal blindness. The National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka plays a major role in eradicating corneal blindness from Sri Lanka. National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka is the only eye bank in Sri Lanka that has obtained the acknowledged certificate of standards and suits international medical standards. It also follows all the ethics that should be followed in eye tissue transplantation. Asian Cornea Foundation and a non-profit global health organization called Sight Life Institution have extended their support in providing technical assistance and training opportunities for the National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to enter into memoranda of understanding with these organizations with the objective of developing the National Eye Bank of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


10. Implementation of English Language training at the Sri Lanka German Training Institute, Kilinochchi and Satellite Centres in the Northern and Eastern Provinces (Document No - 31)

Vocational Training Project for Northern and Eastern Provinces in Sri Lanka is being implemented under grants and aids of the Government if Germany with the view of developing demand based vocational training in Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Sri Lanka German Training Institute established in Kilinochchi under the above project was declared open by H.E. the President recently and it is scheduled to commence training courses of National Vocational Qualification 4, 5 and 6 levels. Moreover, providing access to NVQ 1 to 3 15 Satellite Vocational Training Centres will be established in Northern and Eastern Provinces. The Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz of Germany and German International Cooperation Agency has extended their support on improving English Language proficiency of the students in the Sri Lanka German Training Institute and the said Satellite Vocational Training Centres. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to enter into relevant memoranda of understandings in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Establishment of an incubator and technology transfer centre at Makadura (West) Industrial Estate (Document No - 32)

Establishment of an incubator and technology transfer centre at Makadura (West) Industrial Estate is to be done as an amalgamated project of the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and National Enterprise Development Authority. This will facilitate the start-ups to obtain basic facilities and business ideas. Therefore the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to establish an incubator and technology transfer centre at Makadura (West) Industrial Estate (at an estimated cost of Rs. 46.5 million) and to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and the National Enterprise Development Authority, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Construction of Commercial Complex and By-pass road at Gampola (Document No - 34)

The Gampola town in the Kandy District covers an area of 5.18 km2 and it has been planned by the Urban Development Authority to develop the Gampola town with the view of providing required qualitative and quantitative facilities for the public and to reduce the traffic congestion. It is expected to construct an alternative by-pass road and a commercial complex to reduce the traffic congestion as the first phase of this project. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to acquire a land owned by the Department of Railway to the urban development Authority for the above constructions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


13. Asian Food and Agribusiness conference of the Asian Productivity Organization to be held in Sri Lanka (Document No - 37)

The Asian Productivity Organization was established based on Japan in 1961 with the view of improving the productivity of industrial and agricultural fields. 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region including Sri Lanka have obtained its membership. It has decided to hold an Asian Food and Agribusiness Conference in Sri Lanka from 02nd to 05th August 2016 under the theme "Innovation for enhancing the productivity and sustainability of enterprises in agribusiness and food industry". The proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to host the said event, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Obtaining provisions for the payment of salaries before restructuring Janatha Estate Development Board, Sri Lanka State Plantations Corporation and Elkaduwa Plantations Limited (Document No - 39)

Above institutions are being planned to be restructured due to the loss incurred by them and being become a burden to the treasury. The proposal made by Hon. Kabir Hashim, Minister of Public Enterprise Development, to obtain provisions from the General Treasury to pay salaries of the employees of these institutions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. The International Year of Shelter for the Homeless - 1987 (Document No - 40)

According to a proposal made by the late Ranasinghe Premadasa the then Sri Lankan Prime Minister as well as the Minister of Housing, at the 35th session of the United Nations General Assembly the year 1987 has been declared as the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless for resolving issues of homeless people in the world. In line with that Sri Lanka with cooperation of several developing countries has implemented several human settlement projects. The proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to commence development of several modal villages and reawakened villages in selected districts on 01 January 2017, to declare open selected human settlement projects and to organize some commemoration events to mark the 30th anniversary of the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Establishment of the New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region (Document No - 47)

The proposal made by Hon. Palani Thigambaram, Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure and Community Development, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft legislation to establish the New Villages Development Authority for Plantation Region for joining the relevant communities with the national stream by developing their social, economic, cultural and infrastructures as recommended by the Task Force appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Canada in relation to the National Languages Equality Advancement Project (Document No - 48)

The National Languages Equality Advancement Project is to be implemented with the view of promoting coexistence, dialogue and official languages among ethnic groups in Sri Lanka as a five year project from 2017. The proposal made by Hon. Mano Ganeshan, Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages, to sign a MoU between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Canada for the implementation of the above project utilizing the grant of Canadian Dollars 11.2 million by the Government of Canada, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Construction of a New Building for District Secretariat Kaluthara (Document No - 50)

Kaluthara District in the Western Province is consisting of 14 Divisional Secretary Divisions and 762 Grama Niladhari Divisions and a population of 1,217,374. The District Secretariat which about 1,100 employees are serving is situated in a 45 years old building and its space is not adequate for the staff and public. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a new building adjacent to the existing building with the renovations to the existing building at an estimated cost of Rs. 110.3 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Construction of a new four storied building for Divisional Secretariat Kaluthara (Document No - 51)

Kaluthara Divisional Secretary Divisions is consisting of 87 Grama Niladhari Divisions and a population of 159,225. The Divisional Secretariat is currently situated in the second floor of the Kaluthara District Secretariat and the lack of space has cause difficulties to its staff as well as the public. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to construct a separate building for the Kaluthara Divisional Secretariat at an estimated cost of Rs. 180 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


20. Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral Political consultations between the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (Document No - 56)

The proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the above MoU during the political consultations at the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs scheduled to be held in Colombo from 3-4 August 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


21. Request for a Treasury Loan to the State Engineering Corporation (Document No - 58)

The proposal made to issue a treasury bond to obtain a loan for the State Engineering Corporation to obtain working capital to discharge numerous contracts assigned by public institutions as recommended by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


22. Proposed activities to rehabilitate the assets damaged by landslides caused due to intensive rainfall experienced during may 10 to 17 in 2016 (Document No - 61)

The intensive rainfall from 10 to 17 May 2016 experienced by the Kegalle District has caused serious damages to all Divisional Secretary Divisions including Aranayake. 151 lives were lost and 34,833 victims of 9,620 families were affected by landslides. H.E. the President has instructed to establish normalcy in the lives of people, at a special District Coordinating Committee Meeting held at Kegalle Town Hall. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to reimburse damages of 1,845 partially damaged houses by the National Insurance Trust Fund, to build 1682 new houses at a cost of Rs. 2,018.4 million for 1682 houses recommended by the National Building Research Organization including fully damaged 230 houses, to provide Rs. 200 million for 500 house owners as Rs. 400,000 each for house owners expecting to build houses in their private lands, to name prohibited areas for settlement the areas which were identified as high risk areas, and to entrust the responsibility of providing instructions on security measures to be followed in constructing house to the National Building Research Organization, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Establishment of a state of the art Centralized data management system for the elections Commission (Document No - 06)


Computerization of data of the electors'register has started in 1995. It has been proposed to create an automated electors' register in 2006 and by further developing this it has been identified that it is suitable to establish a Centralized Data Management System using modern technology. It intends to prevent the registration in several places, to reduce the high cost of maintaining separate databases in district level and to affirm the security of data. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to establish the Centralized Data Management System, and to allocate the required funds within 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Anuradhapura North Water Supply Project (Document No - 13)

More Chronic Kidney Patients are reported than other districts in the island as 85% of people living in rural areas of the district obtain drinking water from unhealthy sources. Such patients as well as their dependents are highly affected. Hence it has become crucial to provide healthy drinking water through pipelines. The Wahalkada Water Supply Project which is to be implemented under the above project will benefit people living in Padawiya, Kebithigollewa, Horovpothana and Kahatagasdigiliya in the northern part of Anuradhapura. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into a loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency to obtain a concessionary loan of 23,137 million Yen (Approximately Rs. 32,169 million) to implement the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Proceed with the Local Government Enhancement project (Document No - 14)

The Asian Development Bank has agreed to provide an additional loan amount of US$ 60 million on the success of the above project. These funds are expected to be utilized in projects related to provide safe drinking water as a solution to the Chronic Kidney Disease, improvement of divisional infrastructure and preliminary services, expedition of restructuring process of local government authorities and improving capacity of the same which are the priority tasks of the government. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to enter into an agreement with the Asian Development Bank to obtain the said loan to proceed with the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Preparation of Budget 2017 (Document No - 20)

The Budget 2017 is expected to be prepared under a zero based budgeting creating a performance culture based on performance of public expenses. It aims to achieve the targets of creating million occupations, increase of income, rural economic development, affirmation of land ownership, which are declared as the midterm targets of the government and concerning on achieving 17 sustainable development goals of the UN that should be achieved by 2030. Budget 2017 expects to reinstate the discipline of public finance with the principles of 'transparency' and 'accountability'. It would be possible to confront with the challenges of attracting foreign investment on news trends of global economy, and expanding foreign trade. Improvement of the economic growth by increasing public income and through useful expenses is a priority of the government. A broad
strategy has been planned by the government to address short-term imbalances and midterm challenges. Accordingly, the Midterm Macroeconomic Aim is to bring the budget deficit to 3.5 as a percentage of the GDP and public debt rate to 68. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to prepare the budget 2017 to achieve an economic growth of 6% to maintain a budget deficit of 4.7% of the GDP and a minimum inflation and unemployment affirming a public investment of 5% of the GDP, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Relocation and improvement of Technical College in Anamaduwa (Document No - 21)

The Anamaduwa Technical College was established in 1993 under limited facilities in some buildings constructed under Gam Udawa programme. At present about 250 students are being enrolled annually to follow 13 training courses of NVQ 3, 4, and 5 levels. A gradual increase in applications for enrolment could be observed but due to lack of facilities including classrooms, work stations it is impossible to provide the opportunity of following courses for more students. Hence, it has been identified that it is suitable to relocate this Technical College to provide more opportunities for the youth in Anamaduwa area. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to relocate the Technical College in a land of 04 acres in Wadakkarawewa area adjacent to Chilaw – Nawagattegama main road with all necessary infrastructure, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Regulation of Beach Seining (Document No - 24)

The beach seining has contributed a 40% of the national fisheries production in 1950s but due to various reasons but at present it has been reduced. The method used in the period of smooth sea which needs high force of labour and it creates employment opportunities for coastal residents. However, as it catches all fish without any selection it is not considered as an environmental friendly method. Regulations were enforced on beach seining in 1984 and it has become a timely need to review them. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to appoint a Committee of Intellectuals to prepare a report with recommendations on beach seining for inquire into and resolve the issues faced by the beach seining, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. State Wesak Festival - 2017 (Document No - 25)

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted the approval to hold the State Wesak Festival in 2017 which marks the 2561st Buddhist Year at Sri Arahath Maliyadewa Raja Maha Viharaya in Wattarama and to declare the week which the Wesak Full Moon Day falls as the Wesak Week, and to implement various programmes in district and divisional level in line with the Wesak Festival.

08. Establishment of a Performing Arts Training Institution, affiliated to the Sri Dalada Maligawa, At Pallekele for the protection of traditional up-country dancing and cultural heritage (Document No - 26)

Up-country dancing has been recognized by the world for a long time and it is a pride to Sri Lankan identity and dignity. The lack of interest of youth to this traditional art has made a deficit in its performers. The Diyawadana Nilame of Sri Dalada Maligawa has made a proposal to establish a Performance Arts Training Institution to protect traditional dancing and cultural heritages with the view of encouraging, training and development and creating related employment. The Government of India has agreed to provide a grant of Rs. 120 million for this purpose. The proposal made by Hon. Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddhasasana, to establish the above said institution at the premises of International Buddhist Centre, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Amend the existing regulations on standards of training, certification, and watch keeping for seafarers (STCW 1978) (Document No - 28)

Aforesaid regulations are published in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 1818/37 and dated 12.07.2013 by the Merchant Shipping Secretariat. The proposal made by Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to amend the said regulations according to the guidance of International Maritime Organization and to suit present day needs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Resettlement of all Internally Displaced Persons who resides in welfare camps (Document No - 29)

H.E. the President has emphasised the need of resettling all IDPs immediately. It is necessary to implement a priority housing project in this regard. At present 971 families reside in 31 welfare centres and 641 families out of them are landless families. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to implement an expedited housing project in this regard at a cost of Rs. 971 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Construction of an accommodation building at Kaluthara Police College (Document No - 30)

The Police College, Kaluthara undertakes training programmes for police officers covering all the police stations in the country. Many of its accommodation buildings are older than 100 years and are in decayed status raising an issue in providing accommodation for trainee officers. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to construct a new accommodation building for the Kaluthara Police College at a cost of Rs. 199.69 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Leadership training Programme for Technical, Vocational education and training centre managers in Singapore (Document No - 33)

The Temasek Foundation has agreed to provide a grant of 280,840 Singapore Dollars to conduct the above programme in Singapore for a period of two weeks.
The Cabinet of Ministers approved the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training and the ITE Education Services in Singapore, which the programme is conducting, during the official visit of the Hon. Prime Minister in Singapore.

13. Monthly Wage Increment of Rs. 2,500 for plantation sector employees proposed by the government (Document No - 37)

The Rs. 2500 wage increment proposed for the private sector should also be applied for the employees in plantation companies. Considering the economical difficulties faced by provincial plantation companies due to the decrease of tea price in world market, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Management has recommended to provide a financial concession to those companies for payment if the increment. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to issue treasury bonds to facilitate plantation companies to obtain loans from public banks through Sri Lanka Tea Board, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Technical assistance loan from the Asian Development Bank for the proposed transport project preparatory facility (Document No - 38)

Above projects expects to assist feasibility studies, detailed designs, and procurement documents preparation and implementation of transport projects. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to hold discussions with the Asian Development Bank to obtain a technical assistance loan of US$ 24.42 million for the above project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Obtaining a loan for the 3rd phase of the Central Expressway and the elevated road from Kelani Bridge to Rajagiriya (Document No - 39)

Above constructions are identified as priority development projects of the government. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management has recommended obtaining loan assistance from the Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd for in this regard. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to proceed with its activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Payment of compensation for houses damaged by explosion occurred in Salawa Ammunition dump in Sithawaka Divisional Secretary Division in Colombo District on 05-06- 2016 (Document No - 41)

The Government Valuation Department has completed the valuation of damages of houses and premises due to the explosion. The proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to expedite the payment of compensations based on the said valuation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Formation of an Organization for Nation Development with Civil-Military Coordination (Document No - 09)


The knowledge and resources of the Tri Forces of Sri Lanka can be easily obtained in nation building, and they are ready to take responsibilities in nation building mechanism. Therefore, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to establish an organization in this regard with civil-military coordination, for obtaining the contribution of tri forces with their resources, training and strength in national development and peace process, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Act (Document No - 10)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to publish the Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Bill in gazette and present the same in parliament for approval, which was prepared with the view of promoting and implementing the Sri Lanka’s national policy and strategy on sustainable development, establishment of the Sustainable Development Council and making other provisions on other matters, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Granting a concessionary period and charges for the delay in applying for registration of transfer at the change of possession of motor vehicles (Document No - 15)

As vehicles are being used by new owners without registering the transfer for a long period, the government has lost a large amount of income and it has caused many difficulties to law enforcing agencies. A late fee was introduced by Motor Traffic (Fees) Regulations published in 2011 to minimize this trend, but it has not achieved its targets. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to grant a concessionary period of three months and a concession on the additional late fee, to encourage vehicle owners to register transfers of motor vehicles, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Take over the Vocational Training Centre situated in Nilaweli, Eastern Province to the Department of Divi Neguma Development (Document No - 16)

The Department of Divineguma Development implements various training programs and workshop related to vocational training through training centers of the department and Rural Development Training and Research Institute in Borella. However, training programs for beneficiaries in Northern and Eastern Provinces are held in Colombo and it has caused difficulties for participants as well as the department on providing accommodation for them. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. S.B Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to take over the above mentioned training centre in Gopalapuram area in Nilaweli of the Trincomalee District, to the department paying the government’s assessed value of Rs. 126 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Infrastructure Development in Universities of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sabaragamuwa, Jaffna, Kelaniya, Colombo, Peradeniya, Uva Wellassa and Eastern University. (Document No - 19)

It has been planned to increase annually the students entered in universities for following degree causes in various streams by 5% and to facilitate the above objective it has been planned to improve infrastructures of above universities and to establish Faculties of Technology in Universities of Uva Wellassa, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern University. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to begin the above activities using Rs. 1,369 million allocated for 2016 and to allocate relevant funds for 2017 and 2018 through the General Treasury, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Implementation of the Greater Colombo Water and Waste Water Management Improvement Program Tranche -3 (Document No - 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to sign a loan agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and the European Investment Bank, for implementation of the above program at a cost of 156 million euro, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Obtaining Technical Cooperation Grant of 13 million euro form the Federal Republic of Germany (Document No - 21)

The Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to provide the above grant during the H.E. the President’s visit to Germany in February 2016 for implementation of the 4 projects, which are, the Project of National Park and Buffer Zone Management in Wilpattu, Vocational Training in the North and East of Sri Lanka Project, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Sector Development in Sri Lanka Project, the project for Facilitating Initiatives for Social Cohesion and Transformation. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to enter into an agreement for obtaining the above grant, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Establishment of a National Payment Platform for Digital Commerce and Ease of Digital Transactions (Document No - 22)

The most convenient method used by public in obtaining goods and services, is the international credit card such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. However, various reasons including its charges have discouraged the use of credit cards by majority of the public. Government institutions such as Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Inland Revenue, Department of Excise and other businessmen are less interested in using this method as the charges are increased according to the value of the transaction. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to establish the National Payment Platform to facilitate digital commerce and digital transactions as proposed by the Committee of Senior Officials as per the recommendations made by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Finance, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Relocation of Welikada Prison (Document No - 26)

Many of prisons in Sri Lanka are located in centers of towns and in lands of high economic value. Under the program of relocating prisons of the country, it has been proposed to relocate Welikada prison and its sub sections. The Welikada Prison Complex is comprised of four sections, and the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to acquire the land belongs to B.C.C Lanka Company near the Superior Courts Complex for establishment of the remand prison, which the suspects that should be presented before court frequently are being detained, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Allocation of funds for development of rural infrastructure facilities and livelihood development (Document No - 30)

The 2016 budget has allocated Rs. 13.3 billion for the Rural Infrastructure Development Program and it is currently being implemented. The proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to implement a pilot project for development of infrastructure and livelihood in Anuradhapura, Batticaloa and Polonnaruwa Districts aiming communities that are not covered by various infrastructure development projects, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Scholarship fund for the subject stream of technology (Document No - 33)

The above fund established for students from low income families that are following the Technology stream, and it has received a grant of Rs. 100 million from the Asian Development Bank. The program is implemented by the Public Trustee Department. However, it has no achieved its expected objectives as a large portion of the money is spent in administrative tasks. The proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to take over the money credited to the Public Trustee Department to the Ministry of Education and to allocate annual funds under a special vote in the General Treasury for continuation of the program, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Construction of a new four storied building for the District Secretariat, Polonnaruwa (Document No - 40)

The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to award the contract for first phase of constructions of the above building to the lowest substantially responsive bidder as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Construction of Batticaloa District Secretariat Complex (Document No - 41)

The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to award the contract for construction of a three storied building complex to the lowest substantially responsive bidder as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Construction of a new five storied building for the District Secretariat, Matale (Document No - 42)

The proposal made by Hon. Vajira Abeywardana, Minister of Home Affairs, to award the contract for construction of a five storied building complex to the lowest substantially responsive bidder as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Mid-year fiscal Position Report 2016 (Document No - 58)

The Minister of Finance is required to release a Mid-Year Fiscal Position Report to the public by 30 th June of every financial year and thereafter to table in parliament as stipulated in section 10 of the Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act No. 03 of 2003. The proposal made by Ravi Karunanayake, the Minister of Finance, to table the Mid-Year Fiscal Position Report 2016 in the parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the following facts in the report were considered.

• The Sri Lankan economy amidst of many domestic and international challenges has succeeded in achieving an economic growth of 5.5% in the first quarter of 2016 compared to 4.4% growth in the first quarter of 2015.
• The income of the relevant period has increased from 19.5% in 2016 from 2015.

• The inflation could be maintained further in single digit level.
• Although the overall export income has decreased from 4.5% withinternational market instabilities, the flow of foreign exchange has increased through foreign workers remittances and tourism, and the import expenditure on food, petroleum products, and transport equipment has decreased causing a reduce of 2.4% of the trade deficit in first four months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.

16. Obtaining financial assistance for implementation of Kelani Right Bank Water Supply Project Phase II (Document No - 60)

The cabinet has already approved the above project which includes, construction of a new water treatment plant with a capacity of 180,000 cubic meters to improve the capacity of Kelani Right Bank Water Treatment Plant, construction of main pipelines to distribute refined water, construction of a 25 km long water supply path, construction of Vii Oya reservoir and supply and installation of rubber balloons as a sea water cover. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to issue a treasury guarantee to obtain an amount of rupees similar to 13 million euro from a domestic bank and a loan facility of Rs. 10 billion, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Annual Bus Fare Revision - 2016 (Document No - 61)

The Committee of Intellectuals appointed to review the Bus Fares Revision policy prepared in 2002 has made their recommendations after consultation with Bus Associations and Passenger Associations. The Committee has recommended an increase of 6% it has to be implemented formally through the National Transport Commission. Therefore, Cabinet of Ministers approved to implement the bus fares revision from 01st August 2016.

18. Price Control for essential Food Commodities (Document No - 64)

Prices of essential food commodities may vary from district to district depending on the transport expenses and number of intermediaries. But the consumers have recently believed that this has occurred due to the increased VAT. Although VAT is applicable to some consumer goods, essential food commodities such as rice, sugar, dhal, big onion, potatoes, red onion, milk powder, wheat flour, dried chilies, green gram, chick peas, canned fish, chicken, sprats and pharmaceuticals. Moreover, it has been observed that essential food commodities are being sold by merchants in a high price than Sathosa outlets. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to publish in gazette 15 selected essential food commodities according to provisions in Consumer Affairs Authority Act, and to determine their maximum retail price by the Cabinet Subcommittee on Cost of Living, and to obtain the service of 200 Graduate Trainees to the Consumer Affairs Authority and the service of security forces when necessary to regulate this price control, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Memorandum of understanding between board of investment of Sri Lanka and Surbana Jurong, Singapore to establish a consultancy company (Document No - 65)

The government has identified the need for attracting more investments for making Sri Lanka an attractive investment destination by accurate assessment of investment potentialities of Sri Lanka. It has been identified that establishment of a government owned consultancy company is suitable to gain its entire benefits. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to sign a MoU between the BoI, Sri Lanka and the Surbana Jurong company of Singapore which provides service in a wide range of fields including City planning and designing, development management, project management, and facilities management, for establishment of the said company, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. E-Motoring Project – Department of Motor Traffic (Document No - 09)


Above project is expected to be implemented under the three aspects of preparation of an electronic file management system, improvement of the currently used vehicle registration system and database, and improvement of the communication network of the Department of Motor Traffic. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to implement the above project as a build, operate and transfer project as recommended by the Ministerial Committee on Economic Management, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Proposals on steps to be taken regarding damages on houses and business places of residents caused by the explosion in Salawa Army Ammunition dump (Document No - 11)

Explosion occurred at Salawa Army Ammunition Dump has not caused any civilian death, but has damaged movable and immovable properties in 12 Grama Niladhari Divisions around the camp. According to the recommendations made by the committee appointed under the chairmanship of Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to review and make recommendations on paying compensation to effected, the Cabinet has decided to provide relevant reliefs. Accordingly, for families whose houses or business places have been damaged Rs. 50,000/- is being paid until they are resettled in their residences, and currently about 400 families receive the payment of Rs. 50,000/-. The proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to pay a monthly allowance of Rs. 50,000/- for others who could not resettle in their houses and accelerate the payment of compensations to movable properties according to the recommendations of the relevant Assessing Committees, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The Cabinet has also decided to advise relevant parties to accelerate the relief activities for the residents in Western Province including Kolonnawa area, which was recently affected by the floods.

03. Construction of an Indigenous Medical Research Hospital and Herbal Garden (Document No - 13)

A considerable trend can be observed in Sri Lankans of taking indigenous and ayurvedic treatments. As the ancestral indigenous medicine is a valuable gift that should be given to the future generations, the government has taken steps to conserve and develop the indigenous medicine. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to establish an Indigenous Medical Research Hospital and Herbal Garden adjacent to the Vedagama Model Village in Dompe Divisional Secretary Division, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Improvement of the Storm water Drainage within Western Megapolis Region (Document No - 19)

The area of the Western Province is only 5.7% of the island, but its contribution to the Gross Domestic Product exceeds 50% and acts as the important industrial, commercial and administrative centre of Sri Lanka. As 5 main river valleys are situated in the Western Province, it confronts constant floods, and therefore it is important to develop the storm water drainage in the Western Megapolis Region in developing it to the international standards. About 30% of the Weras Ganga Storm Water Drainage and Environment Improvement Project have been completed. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to implement 08 projects in this regard immediately including construction of two tunnels for drainage storm water to the sea and two pump houses to pump storm water to the sea, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Restructuring of Tea Shakthi Fund (Document No - 20)

The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to restructure the Tea Shakthi Fund as recommended by the Committee of Officials appointed in this regard and to improve the management of 12 factories owned by the Tea Shakthi Fund under the direct supervision of the ministry, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Establishment of the "Engineering Council" to regulate the Profession of Engineering in Sri Lanka by registering Engineering Practitioners (Document No - 22)

Engineering professionals, who have qualified in Sri Lanka and overseas in various institutions, are experienced in various fields according to standard and level of the courses they have followed, and are engaged in various engineering tasks.
However, an acknowledge method is not followed such as in medical and legal fields for registering and issuing licences for engineering practitioners. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy and Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to establish the Engineering Council which is responsible for maintaining professional status and regulating engineers, and to publish in the gazette the Engineering Council, Sri Lanka Bill for enacting provisions for registration of engineers and related tasks and to present the same in parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Holding United Nations Vesak Day Celebrations in Sri Lanka – 2017 (Document No - 23)

Prof. Gunapala Malalasekara had proposed that the Vesak Day should be celebrated internationally throughout the world in 1950 during the World Buddhist Congress held in Sri Lanka, and later in 1999 the proposal made to the United Nations General Assembly by Hon. Lakshman Kadiragamar, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, was adopted and the tradition of celebration of the International Vesak Day was accepted. In 2016, the celebration was held in Thailand. The joint proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Hon.Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddha Sasana, to hold the United Nations Vesak Day Celebrations and the Conference 2017 in Sri Lanka in May 2017 and to appoint a Committee to make necessary arrangements to in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Amendment to the Code of Criminal Procedure Act No. 15 of 1979 (Right of detainees for access to legal counsel) (Document No - 24)

The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to publish in the gazette and present in the parliament the drafted Code of Criminal Procedures (Amendment) Act, for enacting provisions enabling a detainee to obtain the service of a desired legal counsel by his expenditure, before presenting before a Magistrate, and to provide that service through a legal counsel of the Legal Aid Commission, for any detainee who cannot afford the expense, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Consolidation of Core Legislation (Document No - 25)

Legislations enacted in the past have amended frequently and understanding such laws have become a complex and difficult task. As a solution the Ministry of Justice will consolidate five (05) core legislations and redrafted in Sinhala, Tamil and English with the assistance of United Nations Development Programme. When considering Evidence Ordinance, Criminal Procedure Code and the Penal Code, they include many words and declarations that have been outdated and they could be misunderstood by the public. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to substitute or revise such terms in those legislations to suit the present linguistic context, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Amendment to Assistance to and protection of victims of crime and witnesses act no. 04 of 2015 (Document No - 26)

The above act was brought into operation on 16th May 2016. There have been requests to give witnesses from overseas under this act. Accordingly it has been decided to amend the above act enabling victims and witnesses to give evidences from outside the country through audio visual media, without being present at the courts. Such evidences may be given at a Sri Lankan Diplomatic Mission in the respective country and provisions should be enacted to protect the freedom of witnesses and prevent any influence. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to draft amendments to the above act on the above purposes, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Enforcement of new regulations in terms of the Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (Document No - 28)

Common and distinct laws and regulations were introduced for safety of life at sea that should be followed in international merchant shipping affairs by the above convention in 1974 by the International Maritime Organization. All member states have agreed to follow these regulations. Accordingly, a certificate that denote the gross weight of all containers should be provided with the view of improving the protection of container ships, maintaining the stability/balance of the ship storing containers in due manner and minimizing the environmental impact. Currently the gross weight is stated in documents but a certificate is not issued. Hence, legislations which were made with the consultation of all parties by the Merchant Shipping Secretariat, should be drafted through the Legal Draftsman to issue licence for Container Weight Verifiers and Container Transporters. The proposal made by Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to draft above legislations and thereafter publish in the gazette and present in the parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Resettlement of Protracted Internally Displaced Persons in the Northern Province (Document No - 32)

IDPs were seen since the 1980s due to the conflict situation. These include Tamil as well as Sinhala and Muslim families in the Northern Province. After the end of the conflict these IDPs began to return to their homeland but with lack of infrastructure the process was not successful. Muslim and Sinhala IDP families need 16,120 and 5,543 houses respectively. Being IDPs their political rights including the right to vote were affected, and they face difficulties in accessing services rendered by the Divisional Secretariat, registration of Births and Deaths as well as enrolling children for schools. Accordingly the Cabinet approved to appoint a Task Force in this regard with the Co-Chairmanship of the Ministers of Industry and Commerce and Provincial Councils and Local Government and to proceed according to its recommendations.

13. Development Projects on Rehabilitation and Resettlement - 2016 - Development Projects implemented for the resettled families and returnee refugees in the Northern, Eastern Provinces and Former Threatened Villages (Document No - 33)

A special budgetary provision of Rs. 14 billion was allocated by budget proposals 2016. Accordingly, many projects including construction of new houses, renovation of damaged houses, provision of sanitary facilities, providing safe drinking water, provision of livelihood assistance, rehabilitation of roads, and improvement of infrastructure, were implemented under the Ministry of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs in 2016. The above information presented by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, was noted by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Creating a special Head in Annual Budget Estimates for the effective implementation of the Official Language Policy (Document No - 34)

The Constitution of Sri Lanka has accepted Sinhala and Tamil as official languages and has affirm the right of obtaining services from any public institution in the desired official language. Accordingly, all public institutions are bound to render services in both official languages. The proposal made by Hon. Mano Ganeshan, Minister of National Coexistence, Dialogue and Official Languages, to create a special head in budget estimates of each ministry from 2017 to implement the Official Languages Policy with the view of facilitating citizens to obtain services in their desired language at 2020, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Leasing of the old Chancery Building of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. (Document No - 37)

The above building which the Embassy of Sri Lanka was located earlier is vacant at present and it has been observed that it could be used in economically beneficial manner. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to appoint a Technical Evaluation Committee Chaired by the Sri Lankan Ambassador for consultation on regulations and conditions for leasing the building and to proceed with relevant activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Kaduruwela Town Expansion Project – Phase I (Document No - 42)

Economic activities in Kaduruwela area have increased after the end of war. As a result it has confronted with issues such as traffic congestion, lack of parking facilities, as well as environmental and social issues due to unplanned constructions. The Urban Development Authority has planned the above project as a solution to these problems and a number of subprojects are to be implemented.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to award activities of the first phase of this project such as planning, development of lands, preparing the drainage system, and land filling to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Maintaining a pool of elephants consisting of about 35 tuskers/male Elephants/female elephants, under the Zoological Department to make them participated in cultural activities (Document No - 50)

The perahera culture of Sri Lanka has a great history and has attracted the world's attention. It has been observed that it is essential to use elephants in this perahera to maintain its pride and devoutness. When several cultural activities are held together with the Dalada Perahera, number of elephants is insufficient. Therefore, a pool of about 35 elephants is proposed to be established under the Zoological Department with elephants obtained from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and from Udawalawa Eth Athuru Sevana, with the objective of training for perahera purposes. The proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, on the above matter, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Memorandum of Understanding between Government of Singapore and the Government of Sri Lanka on cooperation in area of capacity building of government officials (Document No - 07)


The Government of Singapore has awarded a five-day training program titled ‘Public Sector Leadership Program for Senior Officials from Sri Lanka’ which is to be held at the Civil Service College, Singapore. It has been proposed to run this program in two batches of 35 participants each. The joint proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Public Administration and Management, to enter into a MoU with the government of Singapore in the above field during the visit of the Hon. Prime Minister to Singapore scheduled for next month, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Continuation of the Anti-corruption Committee Secretariat (ACCS) (Document No - 08)

The ACCS was established on a decision made by the Cabinet in 2015 to receive and facilitate complaints on serious fraud and corruption. It has been proposed to restructure the anti-corruption institutional structure of the country and to establish a fully-powered Serious Fraud Office which is similar to the Serious Frauds Office in UK. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to continue the operations of the ACCS until a new institutional structure is introduced, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Annual Bus Fares Revision - 2016 (Document No - 15)

The authority of revising bus fares based on relevant criteria with ideas of private bus owners associations has been granted to the National Transport Commission and a policy for revision of bus fares was prepared and implemented by the said commission in 2002. Bus Owners Associations have claimed that the policies and criteria on bus fares revision should be amended to suit present day needs. Considering the request, the proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to appoint a Committee of Intellectuals to review policies and criteria made in 2002 with the view of providing a better public transportation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Establishment of a Sri Lankan Consulate General Office in Nicosia, Cyprus (Document No - 16)

Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and Cyprus were established in 1963 and the Ambassador of Rome has been concurrently accredited to Cyprus. In addition, the Honorary Consul for Sri Lanka in Nicosia is attending to essential consular and labor issues in Cyprus at present. With the view of promoting employment opportunities and to ensure the welfare needs of about 20000 to 25000 migrant workers in Cyprus, there is a need to establish a Career Consulate General Office in Nicosia. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to establish a Consulate General Office in Nicosia Cyprus to promote trade, investment, employment and educational opportunities and to ensure the welfare of migrant employees, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Amendment of the Sri Lanka Social Security Board act (Document No - 18)

The main role of the Social Security Board established under the Sri Lanka Social Security Board Act No. 17 of 1996 is to establish the pension and social security benefits schemes for those who are engaged in self employment. Therefore, such schemes are implemented by the above board and persons of 18-59 ages can contribute in them. By 31.03.2016 there were 497,102 contributory members and 22,973 pensioners who obtain a monthly pension. The proposal made by Hon. S.B Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to amend the above act to include private sector employees, professionals, artistes, indigenous medical practitioners, foreign employees, persons engaged in agricultural and fishing activities as contributory members and to amend the age limit of obtaining membership, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Introducing ‘After working hours cardio-thoracic surgery’ at Lady Ridgway Hospital (Document No - 21)

It is estimated that approximately 2500 to 3000 children are born annually with congenital heart defects in Sri Lankan and around 2000 children out of them will need corrective surgery. Around 900 paediatric cardiothoracic surgeries are done in Lady Ridgeway Hospital and few are done in Karapitiya and Sri Jayewardenepura Hospitals. There are thousands of patients in waiting lists and most of them succumb to their illness or develop irreversible complications while waiting for surgery. Facilities, equipment, and services of specially trained staff of this hospital are being underutilized, as surgeries are not performed after 4.00 pm on weekdays and weekends. "After working hours surgeries&" have been approved last year for acceleration of cardiothoracic surgeries. The 'Gift of Life International' a Rotarian-based organization that helps underprivileged children to receive treatment for their heart diseases has agreed to fund the after working hours surgery by paying US$ 1000 per case. The proposal made by Hon. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to perform after working hour surgery using said funds, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Toll free number allocation for the emergency response centre of the emergency pre-hospital care ambulance service in Sri Lanka (Document No - 22)

Most of the hospitalizations and deaths in Sri Lanka are caused by accidents and medical emergencies that involve mainly the economically productive population of the country. Emergency treatment in a short period of time could prevent many of these deaths, disabilities and morbidities. The Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine with the participation of GVK EMRI institute in India is to establish a Pre- hospital Care Ambulance Service in this regard. An Emergency Response Centre should be established to coordinate in an emergency and it should be allocated a toll free number which can be easily kept in mind. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to denote the 1990 short code allocated to Emergency Response Centre as a toll free number, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Recognition of National Vocational Qualifications for Employment Opportunities (Document No - 28)

Many countries in the world have implemented a National Qualifications Framework to recognize learning capacity and qualifications gained by a student. Sri Lanka has two qualifications frameworks as the Sri Lanka Qualification Framework, regarding qualifications awarded by higher educational institutions and the National Vocational Qualifications Framework developed by Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission. However, recruitments are not made so far considering only the National Vocational Qualification. Though all the students are unable to show educational/academic skills, some may build up specializations in various fields by engaging in occupations. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to issue a circular by the Ministry of Public Administration and Management, to the effect that NVQ level 3 and NVQ level 4 certificates are equal to passing GCE Ordinary Level Examination and GCE Advanced Level Examination respectively for the purpose of recruitment in a relevant field, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Agreement between Sri Lankan and Ukraine on trade and economic cooperation (Document No - 29)

The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to enter into an agreement with the Government of Ukraine for the establishment of Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation with the view of finding new opportunities, expansion of trade in goods and services, information exchange, trade disputes settlement, facilitating trade operations, business cooperation for strengthening trade, economic and technological relations between Sri Lanka and Ukraine, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Implementation of Action Plan to the National Policy Framework for SME development in Sri Lanka (Document No - 30)

The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to implement the Action Plan to the National Policy Framework for SME development in Sri Lanka prepared by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce with the assistance of relevant parties, and to establish a SME Advisory Council and an Inter-ministerial Coordinating Body for its continuation and to restructure the SME Development Authority established under the act No. 17 of 2006, and to guide relevant line ministries and agencies, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Memorandum of Understanding on collaboration for Western Region Megapolis Development Activities with Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport of the Republic of Korea (Document No - 37)

The key strategy for acceleration of the economic development of the country is the Western Region Megapolis and international specialized cooperation is required for its many projects. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to sign a MoU between the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in Korea with the view of preparation of a formal framework for cooperation, facilitating efforts with mutual benefit, implementation of certain fields of the Western Megapolis Development Project through detailed planning, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Implementation of the Smallholder Tea and Rubber Revitalization (STARR) project (Document No - 40)

The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to implement the STARR project within the six years from 2016-2021 at an total cost of US$ 65.4 million with the contribution of International Fund for Agricultural Development, Government of Sri Lanka, Government Banks and Private Sector and beneficiaries with the objectives of re-plantation of small scale tea and rubber estates, uplifting the living status and improving income of beneficiaries, crop diversification in tea and rubber estates, capacity building and promotion of business capabilities of beneficiaries, improvement of rural financial and loans supply services, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Reactivation of Thikkam Distilleries under the Palmyrah Development Board (Document No - 44)

Palmyra tree, which has a high economic potentiality and bounded with the culture of the Northern and Eastern Provinces are currently being underutilized. Even in toddy seasons, tapping of toddy was restricted due to lack of facilities. About 7,500 members of Palm Development Cooperative Societies are engaged in tapping of toddy. The Thikkam Distilleries was established in 1984 with the view of producing quality alcohol and other products using excess toddy stocks and the proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to reactivate the Thikkam Distilleries at an estimated cost of Rs. 112.5 million with the view of improving the living standards of toddy tapping community and people depending on palm industry, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Agreement between the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade of Sri Lanka and The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic on mutual cooperation (Document No - 48)

Czech Republic is a highly industrialized country with a developed market economy. Total value of annual exports to Czech Republic by Sri Lanka including garments and tea is around US$ 50 million while Sri Lankan imports from Czech Republic stands around US$ 10 million. Accordingly, the Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade in Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic has entered into an agreement on mutual cooperation with the objectives of expansion of bilateral trade and economic relations, identification of economic and investment opportunities in the two countries, promoting close trade and industrial cooperation by establishing relations between entrepreneurial institutions of two countries, and the Cabinet of Ministers has granted the covering approval in this regard.

15. Procurement for supply, installation and commissioning of Diagnostic X-Ray Units (Document No - 50)

Installation of new equipment and reinstallation of equipment older than 10 years is required to provide improved healthcare services. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above tender according to the recommendations made by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Renovation of Places of Religious worship damaged due to earthquake in Nepal (Document No - 52)

The Cabinet has already granted the approval to renovate the Ananda Kuti Buddhist Temple and Ratho Machchindranath Hindu Kovil damaged by the earthquake in Nepal. The proposal made by Hon. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Buddhasasana, to select a suitable contractor through calling for tenders restricted to Nepali and Sri Lankan bidders and to make arrangements to send Technicians of Engineering Services Corps of Sri Lanka Army to Nepal to supervise the constructions at least once in 06 months, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Upgrading of the National Fish Fishing Fleet to increase offshore fish production and enhance the quality of fish landings (Document No - 55)

Though SRI Lanka has made many efforts in developing the fisheries industry, it could not gain the maximum use of fisheries resources in the deep sea as most of multi-day fishing vessels out of 4,000 are of 30-40 feet long and with limited travelling distance and low capacity in storage. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to provide 10 new fishing vessels of 55 feet long to fishermen with 50% concessions by the government and to improve 50 vessels operated in Sri Lankan seas and 50 vessels in international seas with the cooperation of Ceynor Foundation Ltd, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Purchasing fiberglass fishing equipment including fishing vessels, fishing boxes, and pallets manufactured by Ceynor Foundation Ltd (Document No - 56)

It is a priority task of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development to provide required applications for the fisheries industry and its expected outcomes are assist fisherman who face difficulties due to expensive fisheries applications, introduction of effective, productive and environmental friendly methods, provision of safe and lifesaving equipment, minimizing accidents in sea and minimizing crop damages. Many of the equipment used in fisheries industry are manufactured by the Ceynor Foundation Ltd, a government owned company, and the government has made a large investment in this regard. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, to directly purchase fishing vessels, fishing applications and equipment from the Ceynor Foundation Ltd, purchased by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, and other government institutions to be distributed among fishermen, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Establishment of District, Divisional and Rural Housing Committees (Document No - 57)

District Housing Committees in District Level, Divisional Housing Committees in Divisional Secretary Division levels and Rural Housing Committees in Rural Level have been established for the successful and productive implementation of all island wide housing development programs including “Shelter for All” National Housing Development Program. These Committees are being implemented under the supervision of the Ministry of Housing and Construction and National Housing Development Authority and with the cooperation of other relevant ministries and institutions. The above information presented by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Introduction of light rail transit system in the western region of Sri Lanka with JICA Assistance (Document No - 58)

The Western Region Megapolis Plans have given its priority for solving transport issues in the region and it has identified that improvement of public transport modes, development of road infrastructure, management of transport demand and environmentally sustainable transportation is crucial in this regard. The most suitable solution to present transport demand of the Megapolis region is identified as the Light Train Transit and accordingly seven routs have been identified in this regard. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to obtain the assistance of JICA to conduct its feasibility Report and immediately commence the construction of Colombo Fort – Kollupitiya – Bambalapitiya – Union Place Maradana route and Borella – Malabe route, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Implementation of the Social Security Network Project (Document No - 59)

There is no method of identifying whether the benefits of social security programs are being directed to the suitable communities as there is no connection with various social security programs such as "Divi Neguma" Rapidly Ageing Population and obtaining the contribution of low income persons to the economy are the severe challenges faced by social security field of the country. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to implement the Social Security Network Project that connects all social security programs that enables to select most suitable persons in a transparent manner, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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