01. Implementation of 'Shrama Shakthi' programme for alleviation of poverty (Document No – 05)

The poverty of Sri Lanka which was 26.1% in 1990 could be reduced to 6.7% in 2011 with various social security programmes implemented in the past. 2017 has been declared as the year of elimination of poverty in Sri Lanka and further steps should be taken to achieve this goal.
Under the 'Shrama Shakthi' programmes 700 Grama Niladhari Divisions are selected which records a poverty of 10% to 45% in 2017 and a Peoples' Company Council will be established with a General Council and a Board of Directors with the participation of 80% of families in above divisions. Representatives of these companies will be trained and deployed in poverty alleviation and development funds will be issued to these companies. Rs. One million will be issued to each village at the end of 2017.

In addition to these 700 villages, another 300 villages with a capacity for development of production will be selected and they will be provided with necessary technology and financial facilities to create new employment opportunities. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement the above programme with public, private and people's participation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Introducing a new appropriate method to supply stones, sand, soil and pebbles required for government's development projects (Document No – 09)

There is an increased demand for above construction material with present development activities and it has been stressed the importance of introducing a proper method for supply them with minimum environmental impact.
Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to introduce a proper method to excavate for such material in lands under the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority and Department of Wildlife Conservation which are under the purview of the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, and to supply them after a proper environment impact assessment, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Development of pharmaceutical manufacturing industry (Document No – 10)

It is essential to improve the capacity of domestic pharmaceutical manufacturer to cater the pharmaceutical demand and provide quality medicines in low prices. About 15% of demand is manufactured in Sri Lanka and government expects to increase it to 80%. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to provide tax reliefs to raw materials, packaging materials, equipments, tools and accessories, and to accelerate the establishment of the proposed Biomedical Zone to attract investors, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Securities Exchange bill 2017 (Document No – 13)

The government expects to introduce a new act instead of Securities and Exchange Commission Act No. 36 of 1987 and the presented concept paper has been amended with the laws, experiences of Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to draft a new act as Securities Exchange Act to strengthen the independence of Securities and Exchange Commission and make attractive the capital market of Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Netherland concessionary financial facilities (Document No – 14)

The government of Netherland through reputed companies of their country has agreed to provide concessionary financial facilities to construction of rural bridges, construction of Polonnaruwa Vocational Training Centre, and implementation of Mirigama Water Supply project, and accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to take necessary steps to evaluate the proposals presented by such companies, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Providing the ownership of lands which are the Condominium and Non condominium properties of the government to their long term residents (Document No – 15)

The government plans to build 500,000 houses for low and medium income families in 2017 and budget 2017 has proposed to grant the ownership of Condominium and Non condominium properties of government to their residents who have been dwelling in those lands for more than 15 years. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to prepare a suitable mechanism in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Investing for infrastructure in public sector through Public Private Partnership (PPP) (Document No – 16)

Sri Lanka with compared to other countries in the region is regressive in infrastructure development due to the dependence on public funds and it would be productive to try the PPP module which is successfully applied by other countries. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Negotiation Committee and a Project Committee to prepare a suitable mechanism to attract foreign investments through PPP, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka and Russia on cooperation in tourism sector (Document No – 17)

The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to sign the above MoU in line with the official visit of H.E. the President in Russia, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. MoU between the National Zoo in Sri Lanka and National Zoo in Singapore (Document No – 18)

The proposal made by Hon. Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife, to sign the above MoU for exchange of technological knowledge, information for the scheduled developments in Dehiwala Zoo and its affiliated Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and Ridiyagama Safari Park to be implemented till the end of 2018, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Establishment of a National Science Centre (NSC) (Document No – 23)

A land of seven acres (07) has already been allocated at Pitipana, Homagama on the above purpose and it should be established according to international standards. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee for obtaining necessary consultation services, and obtain technological and financial assistance from suitable agencies, in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Establishment of a setting up picture archival and communication system (pacs)/ radiology information system (riS) for 20 Government Hospitals in Sri Lanka (Document No – 25)

Patients with various situations arrive at government hospitals for treatment and it has become essential to keep their reports stored properly to be referred again. They should be stored with modern technology to be found easily when required. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to establish a setting up picture archival and communication system (PACS)/ radiology information system (RIS) for 20 government hospitals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Strengthening capacity of hospitals and Regional medical supplies divisions (Document No – 26)

Considering the importance of providing quality medical supplies in time, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to implement the two (02) projects, i.e. the project for developing store facilities in 134 hospitals and 26 Regional Medical Supplies Divisions at a cost of Rs. 712 million and the project for expanding Medical Supplies Management Information System to Regional Hospitals at a cost of Rs. 954 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Providing funds for N.C.D Alliance lanka for fight against non communicable diseases (Document No – 27)

Above alliance has been established to counter non communicable diseases and it has agreed to a 05 year strategic plan to prevent and control NCDs. The proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to provide Rs. 5 million annually to the said alliance for 05 years from 2017 to implement the activities identified by the strategic plan from allocations given to the Ministry of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. New Inland Revenue Act (Document No – 29)

The budget 2016 has proposed to introduce a new inland revenue act for create a better tax structure by modernizing tax administration based on noncomplex tax principles and improve efficiency of the department of inland revenue. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft the new bill based on prepared concept paper, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Economic Service Charge (Amendment) bill (Document No – 31)

The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to publish in gazette and present in parliament for approval, the bill drafted by Legal Draftsman to amend the Economic Service Charge Act No. 13 of 2006 and cleared by Attorney General, including the amendments proposed by 2016 and 2017 budgets, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Drafting new immigrants and emigrants act (Document No – 37)

Although, the Immigration and Emigrations Act No. 20 of 1948 was amended in 1955, 1961, 1993, 1998,2006, and 2015 it should be amended to suit present complex global challenges such as illegal migrations, human trafficking, terrorism, transnational crimes etc. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft the new act, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Lease a land for a Clinical waste management project (Document No – 39)

Ministry of Health, Central Environment Authority and Sisili Hanaro Encare (PVT) Ltd has planned to implement a clinical waste management project in Mulleriyawa Hospital. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to provide a land of 2 acres 1 rood and 23.99 perches at Muthurajawela on 30 year lease basis to Sisili Hanaro Encare (PVT) Ltd, on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Establishment of a Project Management Unit to implement Light Rail Transit project (Document No – 40)

The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to Establishment of a Project Management Unit to implement Light Rail Transit project from Colombo Fort to Maradana via Bambalapitiya and Borella and from Borella to Malabe, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Provision of memorial tea packages for foreign tourists at Bandaranaike International Airport (Document No – 43)

The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to implement a programme of promoting Ceylon tea by giving a free tea package for tourists of selected countries using Rs. 100 million from Sri Lanka Tea Board, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Grant relief on loan interests for installing solar panels for domestic electricity consumers (Document No – 44)

Above programme was introduced for consumers who receive a monthly bill of Rs. 2000/- by budget 2017. However, 40% of consumers get a bill less than Rs. 300/-. Therefore, to make this programme it was proposed to grant the relief to all consumers and for loans obtained from any state or private bank and to increase the limit of the loan from Rs. 150,000/- to 350,000/-. The above proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Development of the land owned by Sri Lanka State Engineering Corporation (SLSEC) in Peliyagoda (Document No – 52)

SLSEC owns a land of 14.5 acres at Pelityabgoda with a potential of using in a largescale development activity especially on residential and commercial purposes. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Negotiating Committee and a project committee on necessary further activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Make it compulsory to establish letter boxes in housing complexes to be constructed to provide its inhabitants with postal facilities (Document No – 56)

The proposal made by Hon. M.H.A. Haleem, Minister of Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs, to construct a separate place with letter boxes in existing and newly constructing housing complexes for each household and to provide the relevant keys to owners of houses, to prevent difficulties faced by postmen in delivering post in housing complexes and to instruct relevant ministries to direct Urban Development Authority, Housing Development Authority and relevant Local Government Institutions to act in accordance with this decision, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23. Amendment to Registration of Dogs Ordinance No 25 of 1901 (Document No – 57)

Above amendment is to be done to address difficulties faced by public due to stray dogs. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to amend the above ordinance to make provisions to increase the fine on owners of stray dogs to Rs. 25000 and the imprisonment to 02 years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24. Rural Bridges Project – second Phase – Construction of 63 additional bridges (Document No – 58)

Cabinet has approved obtaining a loan of GBP Sterling 100 for construction of 537 bridges from Deutsche Bank AG London on 21 February 2014 and its project period ends on 08 December 2017. As to changes of exchange rates there is a surplus of funds and accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to use those funds in building 63 additional bridges and to extend the project duration from another 03 months from 08 December 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

25. Presenting Regulations made by Minister of Sports under Sports Act No. 25 of 1973 (Document No – 60)

The proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to present in parliament for approval, the Gazette notification (Extraordinary) No. 1990/23 dated 27-10-2016 and the gazette notification (amended) No. 13/2006 dated 13-02-2017 issued by repealing the Sports Regulations made by the Minister of Sports under section 41 of the same act (to read with section 31 of the Sports Act No. 25 of 1973), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

26. Amendments to the provisions of poisons, opium and dangerous drugs ordinance No. 17 of 1929 and poisons, opium and dangerous drugs (amendment) Act No. 13 of 1984 (Document No – 61)

The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to amend above acts according to proposals made by legislation subcommittee of the National Dangerous Drugs Control Board, with the contribution of relevant stakeholders, to amend the punishments and laws to save the future generation from the drug menace, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

27. Amendment to Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003 (Document No – 62)

A centralized Household Transfer Management Project is to be implemented with the view of establishing a National Digital Identifier and National Digital Transaction platform. In this regard a National Policy on Collection, Storage, sharing and use of citizen's personal data should be compiled to affirm the protection of those data. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to amend the above act for implementation of above tasks, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

28. Proposed solution to the dispute relating to some of the employees of human capital solutions (PVT) LTD – subsidiary of Sri Lanka Telecom Plc (Document No – 63)

Human Capital Solutions (PVT) LTD is established to provide human resources to Sri Lanka Telecom and other external institutes. Their staffs are consisted of 2650 employees and 2180 of them are attached to SLT. They are paid by HCS and 1331 permanent employees are receiving a monthly salary between Rs. 30000 to Rs. 100000 with other benefits.

Some of these employees demand to absorb them to SLT and if they are absorbed SLT would have to spend an additional cost of Rs. 1.6 billion.

However, considering the proposal made by Hon. Harin Fernando, Minister of Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure, the Cabinet of Ministers have decided to instruct the Board of Directors of SLT to absorb qualified and experienced employees of HCS to SLT on humanitarian grounds under 04 stages from 2017 to 2020.

29. Award of contract for Rehabilitation of stage 3 of Minipe left bank canal (from 49.82km to 63.65 km) under Mahaweli Water Security Investment project (Document No – 67)

The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, to the lowest responsive bidder, the Nawaloka Constructions (PVT) Ltd at a cost of Rs. 625.73 million (without VAT), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

30. Medirigiriya water supply scheme phase III - supply and laying of HDPE/DI pipes, fittings, specials and valves for pumping mains of bisopura and kumudupura water tower (Document No – 71)

The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, to the lowest responsive bidder, the M/s Sanken Construction (PVT) Ltd – Vonlan Constructions (PVT) Ltd at a cost of Rs. 678.06 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

31. Augmentation of water pipe lines along with the Orugodawatta Ambathale Road Development Project (Document No – 73)

Proposals were called from 03 companies to implement above project but only Mascinen – Umwelttechink – Transport Anlagen (M-U-T) has presented proposals. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to award the contract to the said company at a cost of Rs. 46.21 million Euros, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

32. Construction of a Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Teaching Hospital Kandy to cure Thalassaemia (Document No – 74)

There are about 3500 thalassaemia patients and 500000 vectors in the country. It is identified that establishment of the above unit is necessary as many of Thalassaemia patients are in Kurunegala, Colombo, Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Ampara and Kandy Districts. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to award the above contract to Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau, and Central Engineering Services Private Limited at a cost of Rs. 856.9 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

33. Construction of Ayurveda hospitals and their infrastructure development (Document No – 75)


Cabinet has approved several projects in the country to develop indigenous medicine in the country in 2013 and 2016 but the projects have been delayed due to various reasons. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, Minister of Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, to accelerate these projects and to obtain the consultancy services for the projects from Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau and to award construction activities to State Engineering Corporation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

34. Construction of accommodation building and administration building at National Police Academy, Katana (Document No – 79)

The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to implement the above project as the first step of developing the academy to international standards, at an estimated cost of Rs. 674.26 million within midterm budgetary framework 2017-2019, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

35. Drafting of voluntary disclosure bill (Document No – 81)

This act aims to encourage the payment of income taxes and similar programmes implemented in various countries have increased their tax earnings. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft the above bill based on the drafted concept paper, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

36. Foreign Exchange bill (Document No – 82)

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to publish in the gazette and present in parliament for approval, the Foreign Exchange Bill drafted by Legal Draftsman and cleared by the Attorney General, repeal the existing foreign exchange laws that do not comply with present day needs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

37. Concession agreement of the Port of Hambantota (Document No – 83)

The above agreement which is to be signed between Sri Lanka and China Merchant Port Holdings Company in China aims at preparing future plans, financial provision, operational promotion and development of infrastructure including completed phase I and II and proposed phase III. The Cabinet of Ministers have decided to enter into the above agreement which is cleared by the Attorney General and to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee chaired by Minister of Special Assignments (Dr.) Sarath Amunugama to supervise its implementation.

38. Establishment of a National Vocational Training Centre in Hingurakgoda (Document No – 86)

About 3,225 students annually leave schools after sitting for OL and AL examinations in Polonnaruwa District but capacity of government training centres is insufficient. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, and Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to establish a new vocational training centre in Hingurakgoda under loan assistance from the Government of Netherland, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

39. Accelerating Higher Education Expansion and development (Document No – 87)

Above project expects to increase the higher education opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to improve the quality in higher education sector during 2017-2022. The International Development Agency has agreed to grant a loan of USD 33 million and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development has agreed to provide a loan of USD 67 million for the project. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to hold discussions and enter into loan agreements for obtaining these loans, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

DECISIONS TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS
AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 28-02-2017


01. Accelerating Government's procurement procedure (Document No – 06)

H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena has presented following decisions taken at the meeting held on 03-02-2017 with the participation of himself, Hon. Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, relevant government officers, members of Procurement Commission and Procurement Appeal Board for the consideration of the Cabinet of Ministers.

 Take action to publish in gazette the procurement guidelines and instructions issued by the Ministry of Finance from time to time regarding the government's procurement procedure through National Procurement Commission.

 Include new time frames to be followed which have been already approved by the Cabinet in Procurement Guidelines.

 Update and amend suitably the current procurement guidelines paying attention on new trends such as e-procurement.

 In government constructions work on a general construction plan in suitable situations to reduce the money and time spent on designing.

 Take action to provide technical skills to government officers on government procurement procedure.

02. Obtain 03 ships for the use of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Department (Document No – 07)

The Department of Coast Guard is engaged in operations of the Sri Lankan sea in extent of 517,000 square kilometres, and to perform their duties successfully they should have ships that are capable of launching in deep as well as shallow seas. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct 03 nos. of offshore patrol ships with a length of 85m through Colombo Dockyard Company, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Project for implementing National Bio safety Framework with conform to Cartagena Protocol on Bio safety (Document No – 08)

Above protocol was adopted by global community to reduce the risk of genetic changes to the environment and human health, and Sri Lanka is a member of that protocol. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement a project for implementing National Bio safety Framework using USD 2.36 million granted by the Global Environmental Facility within 2017-2020, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Setting up floating solar power plants on Mahaweli reservoirs (Document No – 09)

The cabinet has already approved the above programme as a policy and as its first step it has been decided to construct a solar power plant with a capacity of 100 Mw using less than 4% of Maduru Oya Reservoir which is about 500 acres. Accordingly, the joint proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, and Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, to call for international competitive proposals on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Implementing rural development projects based on enterprise development (Document No – 10)

Although the socio-economic status in Northern and Eastern Provinces has considerably developed, the situation related to income inequality and poverty is unsatisfactory. Accordingly, the above project has been planned to providing concessionary loans for 1785 small scale entrepreneurs covering all eight (08) districts subject to a maximum of Rs. 250,000/- with the cooperation of Rural Development Bank and Sanasa Banks for uplifting their living standards. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of National Integration and Reconciliation, to implement the above project through Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Provision of railway reservations to public institutions for public activities on lease basis (Document No – 13)

The Department of Railway provides lands belonging to the department for less than five (05) years to third parties on lease basis for public activities. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to charge only 1% charge of the assessed value and administrative expenses when providing them for public utility tasks such as laying of water pipes and electricity projects, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Allocation of a land for Pakistan High commission in Colombo (Document No – 15)

The proposal made by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs, to allocate a land of 1.5 acres in Barnes Place, Colombo 7 to the Pakistan High Commission to build its Chancery Building, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Post-disaster needs assessment report related to floods and landslides occurred in May 2016 (Document No – 16)

The most disasters flood and landslide was reported in May 2016 after 18 years affecting 24 districts and causing 93 deaths, 33 injuries and 117 disappearances and affecting a total of 493,319 victims. The Ministry of Disaster Management has done a Post-disaster Needs Assessment with the UN, World Bank, European Union and relevant ministries, and it has made long term plan for minimizing future risks. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Disaster Management, to implement a broad disaster management programme within the five years from 2018-2023 based on the recommendations of the report, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Training Programme for facilitating prototype manufacturing of Solar panels (Document No – 17)

The government plans to generate 20% of overall electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020 and the Cabinet has approved implementation of a training project on prototype manufacturing of solar panels on 06-04-2016. Four professors of 04 Universities of Kelaniya, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Peradeniya and a professor of National Institute of Fundamental Studies are engaged in providing trainings. The proposal made by Hon. Susil Premajayantha, Minister of Science, Technology and Research, to obtain additional allocations of Rs. 80 million for obtaining required equipment, chemicals and consumer goods for this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Introducing the concept of Statement of Corporate Intent for strategically important public enterprises (Document No – 18)

The above concept could be applied for public enterprises to encourage and facilitate to sustain those enterprises independently without depending on treasury. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to implement the Statements of Corporate Intent signed by Secretary to the Ministry of Finance, Secretaries of line ministries and relevant Chairman of Ceylon Electricity Board, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, National Water Supply and Drainage Board, Airport and Aviation Services Ltd. and Sri Lanka Ports Authority which are strategically important enterprises for the government, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Establishment of a new vocational training centre in Pahala Yagoda, Gampaha (Document No – 19)

About 17,500 students annually leave schools after sitting for OL and AL examinations in Gampaha District but maximum number of students enrolled in vocational training centres is about 7300 and only 960 can be enrolled to training centres of Vocational Training Authority. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training, to establish a new vocational training centre in Pahala Yagoda area of Gampaha considering the demand for trained technicians, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Providing seed paddy for Yala 2017 and Maha 2017/18 (Document No – 21)

Delayed and insufficient rainfall has caused a vast reduction in paddy cultivation in 2016/17 Maha Season that could result in reduction in harvest as well as seed paddy production required for 2017 Yala and 2017/18 Maha seasons. For affirming food safety in the country, the proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to produce seed paddy by productions of Department of Agriculture and to distribute among farmers for a concessionary price by purchasing from farmers who have cultivated, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Re-cultivation of abandoned paddy lands in the low country wet zone to minimize the impact on food security due to prevailing drought condition (Document No – 22)

The Department of Agrarian Services has identified 26,122 hectares of abandoned paddy fields in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts and it has been proposed to implement a project of cultivating paddy, vegetables and yams in those lands by Ministry of Agriculture, Provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Agriculture and Provincial Departments of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Services, and Department of Irrigation. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, Minister of Agriculture, to provide financial allocations and to encourage farmers for cultivating 17000 hectares of abandoned lands and another 9000 hectares, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Compensation of aggrieved parties in accordance with the recommendations of the report submitted by the committee appointed to investigate into the incident occurred on 09th November 2012 at Welikada Prison (Document No – 28)

27 prisoners have died and one prison officer and 20 prisoners were injured in the above incident. The above committee has recommended paying compensation for 16 prisoners who were killed, and to prison officer and 20 prisoners who were injured. It says that it is unnecessary paying for the rest 11 prisoners as they were killed trying to escape from the jail. Considering the proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, the Cabinet of Ministers have decided to pay Rs. 2,000,000/- each for 16 prisoners who have died and Rs. 500,000/- each for victims who were injured due to the incident.

15. Facilitating transfer of jet fuel from Muthurajawela to Bandaranaike International Airport (Document No – 29)

It has been proposed to construct 04 steel tanks of 75,000 cubic meter capacity and a pipeline of 23 km to cater the jet fuel demand that could increase in line with improvements in the airport. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Chandima Weerakkody, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development, to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee and a Technical Evaluation Committee and to call for open international competitive bids for immediate implementation of this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Construction of a synthetic running track for the renovated Bernard Aluwihare Stadium, Matale (Document No – 30)

Bernard Aluwihare stadium which is the largest stadium in Matale District is used not only by athletes in Matale but athletes from Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Jaffna, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kandy, Badulla, and Kurunegala Districts. Upgrading it to a sports complex has commenced in last year under the patronage of H.E. the President and there is a need of constructing a synthetic running track for the stadium. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to construct a running track of 400m and to obtain consultancy services of Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Declaration of Regulations against doping in sports (Document No – 31)

The proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports, to present in parliament for approval, the Anti-doping Regulations (prohibited list) No. 02 of 2016 made by the Minister of Sports under section 34 (1) of the convention against Doping in Sports Act No. 33 of 2013 and published in Gazette (Extraordinary) No. 2006/15 dated 14-02-2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

18. Rehabilitation/improvement of the road section from Rambewa to MEdawachchiya on Kandy – Jaffna (A9) road (Document No – 33)

Asian Development Bank has provided a loan of USD 98 million to Sri Lanka for Northern Road Connectivity Project and, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to use a portion of the amount to improve the above road section (140.76 km to 150.40 km) and to award the contract to RR Construction (Pvt) Ltd which is the lowest bidder as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Design and construction of Yan oya left bank main canal (Document No – 35)

Yan Oya is a largest water resources development project in recent times which will benefit people in Anuradhapura and Trincomalee Districts. The left bank canal of the project will supply water for 4,190 hectares of land which faces a great water deficit. Concrete should be laid in whole land which is in extent of 18 Km, due to its location and other complex designs including a 05km long tunnel should be constructed.

It is observed that it requires international expertise knowledge but with the time spent for open international competitive bidding supply of water to needy people will be delayed. Hence, it would be productive to obtain the service of main contractor of the Yan Oya Project China CAMCE Engineering for this project. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to call for Technical and Financial proposals from China CAMCE Engineering for design and construction of this canal within 24 months on Engineering, Procurement and Construction basis, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

20. Calling for expression of intention and project proposals for Kumbukkan Oya Reservoir project (Document No – 36)

The above reservoir with a capacity of 48 million cubic meters will provide water for 4280 hectares of new lands and 1255 existing lands and will generate electricity of 16 GWh and will provide drinking water. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to call for expression of intention and project proposals for identifying a suitable construction company, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

21. Calling for expression of intention and project proposals for Heda Oya Reservoir project (Document No – 37)

The proposed above reservoir with a capacity of 147 million cubic meters, a diversion dam in 6.4 km below the reservoir, 16 km long right bank canal and 13.5 km long left bank canal, will provide water for 5308 hectares of new and existing lands in Heda Oya, Wila Oya and Karanda Oya basins and will provide 05 million cubic meters of water for drinking and other domestic purposes for Pothuwil, Lahugala, and Panama areas. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to call for expression of intention and project proposals for identifying a suitable construction company, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

22. Amendments to the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and discharge of functions) Act No 14 of 2016 (Document No – 39)

The above act was passed in parliament on 23 August 2016. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to publish in the gazette and present in parliament for approval, the Office on Missing Persons (Establishment, Administration and discharge of functions) (Amendment) Bill drafted by the Legal Draftsman to repeal its paragraph (a) of article 11 that authorizes the said office to enter into agreements with an individual or an organization in performing its tasks, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

23. Signing the concord of the Indian Ocean Rim Association as an outcome document of the IORA leaders' summit (Document No – 41)

Above summit is to be held on 07 March 2017 at Jakarta, Indonesia, and H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena will attend the summit. The proposal made by Hon. Harsha de Silva, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the agreement at the summit with the expectation of promoting consultation and cooperation between its member countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

24. Signing of two bilateral memorandums of understanding between Sri Lanka and Indonesia during the visit of H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena to Indonesia on 08 March 2017 (Document No – 42)

The proposal made by Hon. Harsha de Silva, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, to sign the following bilateral MoUs during the visit of H.E. the President, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 MoU between the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia and the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka on marine and fisheries cooperation

 MoU between Marketing Service Agency for the Small and Medium Enterprises and Cooperatives of Indonesia and the National Craft Council of Sri Lanka on traditional industrial cooperation

25. Importation of rice to control price hike and shortage in the domestic market (Document No – 45)

The Cabinet has approved importation of rice through private importers to control the price hike on 20-12-2016 and by 26-02-2017 113,000 MT of rice have been imported and a slight reduce in price is observed. However, the stocks available in market are still insufficient the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to import 20000 MT of rice monthly through Cooperative Wholesale Establishment (CWE), and to have a buffer stock of 100,000 MT with CWE and import the same through government to government basis and to sell the imported rice in Sathosa outlets and through open market, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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