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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

01. Strengthening the coordination between provincial councils and linear ministries

Matters have been discussed on issues confronted during implementing activities of Provincial Councils efficiently and productively at the beginning of the Cabinet Meeting, and has focused on matters regarding recruitment of teachers to schools under Provincial Councils, filling vacancies of posts of Principals and Teachers, difficulties faced in obtaining resources for Provincial Councils, and waste disposal. The need to impalement development projects with the close coordination between Provincial Councils and Linear Ministries was also emphasised.

According to the mechanism introduced in 2016 budget proposals, budgetary allocations for Provincial Councils will be made under the vote of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Governments. At the Meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held with the participation of Chief Ministers of Provincial Councils earlier, it has been decided to apply the old method used till the end of 2015. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has approved to amend the Appropriation Act No. 16 of 2015, to facilitate the allocation of budgetary provisions directly by the General Treasury to Provincial Councils.

02. 'Project to construct the defence headquarters complex at Akuregoda' (Presenting the report of the Committee appointed to inquire into the consultancy firms and related payments

The Committee appointed in the above purpose has observed that selection of consultancy firms and their payments have been done without providing true information to the Cabinet of Ministers. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to suspend the services of the selected private firm and to review the payments made for the said firm, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Amendment of the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka Act

The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to amend the Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka Act No. 37 of 1995, recognizing challenges and limitations of the university and without disrupting its objectives and to achieve them in more advanced manner to suit the present global status, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Implementation of wastewater disposal infrastructure for chilaw town, Puttalam town and Wastewater disposal system for Maharagama-Boralesgamuwa areas

The joint proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply and Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to implement the above projects and to obtain a loan amount of US$ 105 million from Exim Bank of China under concessionary conditions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Provide Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Weliwita Water Supply Project

The Weliwita Water Supply Project is the first water supply project implemented under the Public-Private Partnership and the proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeem, Minister of City Planning and Water Supply, to obtain technical assistance of International Financial Corporation of the World Bank Group, and to appoint a Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee and a Project Committee to implement this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Resuming construction of Walasmulla Weekly Fair

The foundation of the Walasmulla Weekly Fair has been completed and the construction works have been suspended due to a absence of funds. The proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development, to resume its construction with the assistance of Sri Lanka Army, subject to an estimated cost of Rs. 50 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Holding the 3rd Meeting of Expert Group on Natural Rubber Price Stabilization of the Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries (ANRPC), in Sri Lanka

ANRPC is comprised of 11 member states, which are rubber producing countries including Sri Lanka. The proposal made by Hon. Navin Dissanayake, Minister of Plantation Industries, to host the 3rd Meeting of its Expert Group on Natural Rubber Price Stabilization by Sri Lanka in 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. The Accelerated Programme for the development of middle income housing and infrastructure

Proposals have been called according to the approval granted by the Cabinet of Ministers in 08 blocks of lands in various areas of the island owned by the Housing Development Authority, with the participation of local and foreign investors and developers. The Steering Committee appointed in this regard has recommended to implement housing projects in Panadura, Homagama (Jalthara Phase II), Yakkala, and Ragama and to recall proposals for housing projects in Kundasale, Homagama, Galle, and Nittambuwa. Above information presented by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Developing Jetty Facilities in the Jaffna Peninsula and adjoining Islands to transport passengers and cargo safely

People in Jaffna's nearby islands, including Delft and Nagadeepa, use boat transportation for their daily needs. In addition pilgrims also use boat transportation for visiting religious places of worship. However, there have been some issues regarding this transportation such as absence of sufficient boat transportation, minimum jetty facilities, and the light house is in a situation to be renovated. As a solution, the proposal made by Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to develop and regulate coastal passenger transportation by the Director General of Merchant Shipping and to make suitable amendments to the Boat Ordinance, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Utilization of Provisions required for conducting the National Piriven Day Festival

Vast contribution has been made by Piriven to the Buddhist education and culture of the country. At present 64,606 ascetic and laic students are studying and 6,495 ascetic and laic teachers are teaching in 750 Piriven including Mulika Piriven, Maha Piriven and Vidyayathana institutions. The proposal made by Hon. Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, Minister of Education, to hold the annual National Piriven Day Festival, with the view of appreciating the service rendered by Piriven and Piriven teachers and to appreciate abilities of their students on 16, 17 and 18 July 2016 at the Getambe Stadium, Kandy, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Relocation of City Centred Prisons to Interior Areas with more space

The Government has recognized the need to undertake urgent reforms in the prisons with the view of converting prisons into correction centres. Relocation of city centred prisons to under populated areas is a priority task. The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to assign design and consultancy services regarding the relocation of Prisons in Colombo, Galle, Matara, Badulla, Trincomalee, and Batticaloa, to government owned construction firms, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Meeting of Heads of National Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific

United Nations Office on Drug and Crime is the key inspecting agency on global drug trafficking while the Commission on Narcotic Drugs supervises the implementation of conventions regarding control of drug trafficking. Meeting of HONLEA, which is attached to this commission, discusses new trends and issues related to drug trafficking and exchanges ideas and knowledge on law enforcement against drug trafficking. The proposal made by Hon. Sagala Ratnayake, Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development, to host the said meeting to be held in Colombo on 22-28 October 2016, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Establishment of a Domestic Airport in Badulla District

Except in Uva and Sabaragamu Provinces, all the other provinces have domestic airports. A minimum of 06 hours is required to travel on land from Colombo to Badulla and the duration for air transportation is about 25 minutes. Establishment of a domestic airport in the district will help in promoting the tourism industry in the region and to improve economic crops cultivation for exportation. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to establish a domestic airport at Bandarawela in Badulla District, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Supply of medical equipment and services to the Epilepsy Unit of the National Hospital of Sri Lanka

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

15. Implementation of Budget Proposals 2016 – Construction of Cold Stores

The price fluctuation of vegetables and fruits including Big Onions and Potatoes badly impacts on farmers as well as consumers. The Budget 2016 has allocated funds to build cold stores as our crops production is based on a seasons. The proposal made by Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to build cold stores in Dambulla Economic Centre for selected vegetables and fruits including Big Onion and in Keppetipola Economic Centre for selected vegetables and fruits including Potatoes, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

16. Central Expressway Project – Obtaining Consultancy services for the construction of section 2 from Mirigama to Kurunegala (39.91 km), including a link from Mirigama to Ambepussa (9.3 km)

The above project will construct an expressway section from Mirigama to Kurunegala via Pothuhera with a length of 39.91 km of 4 lanes and link from Mirigama intersection to Ambepussa of 2 lanes with a length of 9.3 km. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to commence required procurement activities for selection of a suitable firm to provide consultancy services in supervising these constructions, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

17. Financial Assistance for disaster relief and recovery

Local and foreign donors have donated financial donations for providing reliefs to people affected by recent flood and landslide situations occurred in several places in the country in May 2016. Three Bank Accounts (03) have been opened for receiving local donations and five (05) Accounts have been opened for receiving foreign donations. The money deposited in these accounts is daily remitted to the account opened in Central Bank of Sri Lanka in the name of Deputy Secretary to the Treasury with the objective of utilizing in relief acivities. The information was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance.

18. Obtaining a credit of Special Drawing Rights for the competitiveness, transparency, and fiscal sustainability development policy financing programme

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to obtain a loan of US$ 100 million from the International Development Agency to develop the Sri Lankan economy by implementing recognized reforms under three (03) aspects for removal of obstacles for the competitiveness in private sector, transparency and improvement of management in public sector, and improvement of the fiscal sustainability, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

19. Clearance of debris of houses and waste heaped due to recent disaster in Salawa area in Kosgama

The clearance of waste in several areas of the Western Province due to recent floods has been completed successfully. The proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to deploy about 20 tippers for around one week for the clearance of debris of houses and waste in Salawa area in Kosgama utilizing the balance allocations, as per the request made by the Army, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Treaty on extradition between the governments of Sri Lanka and Ukraine (Document No - 08)

The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to enter in to an agreement with the government of Ukraine on extradition of criminals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
It will provide the opportunity to request the authorities in Ukraine to receive criminals who have engaged in illegal activities in this country and sought protection in Ukraine.


0 2. Renovation of 'seth sevana' government elders' home in Mirigama and constructing a water tank for the same (Document No - 11)


The elderly population of Sri Lanka is 12.4% of the total population. The elderly population is rapidly increasing and it is expected that it will exceed 24.8% in 2041. Considering the ageing population it is necessary to make space for them to spend their old age with pride and dignity. The 'Seth Sevana' Elders' Home, which was established to commemorate Right Honourable D.S. Senanayake, is the largest elders' home owned by the government in the Western Province and 265 elders currently reside in it. The proposal made by Hon. S.B Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to obtain financial allocations for basic renovations including water supply of this elders' home, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 3. Project for computerization of activities in the department of labour to improve transparency and efficiency (Document No - 12)


The Department of Labour is vested with the responsibility of implementing provisions related to service statuses, conditions, and employees' welfare, that have been enacted by the government for securing human rights of employees with conform to charters and recommendations of the International Labour Organization as well as protecting employees from occupational accidents. Developing a Labour Inspection System Application has been commenced in 2010 with the cooperation of the ILO with the view of computerizing key subjects of this department. Obtaining accurate data, preventing same institution being inspected regularly, enhancing efficiency and transparency of the Labour Department and preparation of an employee motivation method are its main objectives. The information presented by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Labour and Trade Union Relations, that the programme is to be completely implemented at August 2016 by obtaining required staff and infrastructure, were considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 4. Implementation of the saarc agreement on trade in services (SATIS) (Document No - 17)


Heads of States of SAARC countries have signed the above agreement at the 16th session of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation held in 2010 at Bhutan as a further step towards expanding regional trade to services. To implement the Framework Agreement on SATIS, the schedules of commitments should be finalized by individual member countries. Sri Lanka falls under Category I of this agreement and in Doha Round of World Trade Organization Sri Lanka agreed to liberalize the fields of communication services, financial services, and tourism and travel related services. In addition Rental/Leasing services without operators – relating to ships and space transport are to be added to the schedule. The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to implement the said agreement and to issue requests to public institutions that are related to its implementation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 5. Agreement on economic cooperation between the republic of Bulgaria and the democratic socialist republic of Sri Lanka (Document No - 18)


The total trade turnover between Sri Lanka and Bulgaria, a member of the European Union, has increased to US$ 7.75 million in 2015. The proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to enter into an agreement with Bulgaria for searching of new paths to promote trade, investment and economic ties between the two countries and to establish an interstate mechanism for development of economic relations through new fields which have been identified, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 6. Commemoration of 94th international co-operative day (Document No - 19)


The Co-operative Movement can be introduced as a movement that has been built by the public for their own economic and social progress. The International Day of this movement is being commemorated by the United Nations since 1975. The International Co-operative Day falls on 02nd of July this year and the proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to declare a Co-operative Week from 25th June 2016 to 01st July and to commemorate the Cooperative Day on 02nd July 2016 at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre, Colombo with co-operators, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 7. Reservation of land for construction of the access road to the dedicated economic centre from Veyangoda town (Document No - 21)


The Veyangoda Economic Centre, which was established in 2007 and comprised of 70 business units and 06 stores, is a very important business centre for trade and consumer community. As the current access road has a certain distance from Veyangoda town consumers are less interested in coming to the Economic Centre and with the absence of an access road from Nittambuwa – Katunayake highway traders of Dambulla, Welimada, Nuwara Eliya areas, using the highway are also less interested in reaching the Economic Centre. The joint proposal made by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, and Hon. P. Harrison, Minister of Rural Economic Affairs, to reserve a land of 40 perches owned by the Food Commissioner's Department to the Ministry of Rural Economic Affairs for construction of an access way to the Economic Centre from Nittambuwa – Katunayake highway, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 8. Amendment to the Provincial Councils Elections Act No. 02 of 1988 (Document No - 23)


According to the government's policy of increasing the women contribution in political decision making at least from 25%, arrangements have been made to amend the Provincial Councils Elections Act No. 02 of 1988 for enact provisions for increasing the women contribution in nominations presented by each party or independent group for each province to a minimum of 30%. The proposal made by Hon. Faizer Mustafa, Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, to publish the draft bill for amendment of the above act in the gazette and present the same in parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


0 9. Resettlement of internally displaced families in welfare camps (Document No - 25)


At the end of March 2016, 251,000 IDP families have been resettled in North and Eastern Provinces. However, more than 14,000 families are to be further resettled. Currently 1,109 families are residing in 31 welfare camps in Tellippalai Divisional Secretary Division and 641 families out of them are reported as landless families. Jaffna District Secretary has identified a land of 65 hectares belonging to the Cement Corporation in Kankesanthurai for resettlement of these families. The proposal made by Hon. D.M. Swaminathan, Minister of Prison Reforms, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, to acquire the said land to the government for resettlement of 400 families in Tellippalai Welfare Camp, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 10. Allocation of a land for establishment of a tyre factory at gonapola, Horana (Document No - 26)


Sri Lanka earns an income of US$ 471 million by exporting pneumatic & retreated rubber tyres and tubes, which accounts for 61.9 percent of the total rubber exports. The proposal made by Hon. Malik Samarawickrama, Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade, to establish a tyre factory with a capacity of 3 million tyres per annum with an investment of US$ 75 million as a Board of Investment project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 11. Development of the airport in Palaviya, Puttalam (Document No - 31)


A domestic aviation system is vital for the country that combines the whole country with the international airports. In addition to international airports in Katunayake and Mattala, there are 14 domestic airports in various extents covering 7 out of 9 provinces in Ampara, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Hingurakgoda, Palali, Iranamadu, Koggala, Katukurunda, Palaviya, Ratmalana, Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Weerawila and Vavuniya. Budget 2016 has proposed to establish three domestic airports in Badulla, Kandy and Puttalam Districts with public-private partnership to promote tourism in these districts. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, to develop the Palaviya Airport, by adding a land of 26 hectares at an estimated cost of Rs. 750 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 12. Development of infrastructures at the universities of Peradeniya, Kelaniya, Colombo, Jaffna, rajarata, visual and performing arts, eastern university and the institute of agro-technology and rural sciences of the University of Colombo (Document No - 33)


The government has given priority to cater requirements of current students and who are expecting to enter universities in technology and other fields by improving space and facilities of government universities. It is expected to enrol 1825 students at the end of 2016 to follow courses in technology stream and the University Grant Commission has taken steps to enrol students at a 5% annual growth rate from 2017. Furthermore, it has been advised to commence these courses in other universities. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to improve infrastructure such as faculty buildings, computer units, libraries, and research buildings in eight (08) universities at an estimated cost of Rs. 484 million in 2016 and Rs. 3,381 million and Rs. 1,074 million respectively in 2017 and 2018 with the view of generating professional graduates to suit the development needs of the economy and international job market, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 13. Award of eighteen (18) civil works contract packages in north central, north western provinces and Kaluthara districts (Document No - 35)


The Integrated Road Investment Programme, funded by the Asian Development Bank, is implemented with the view of improving the access roads among key socio-economic centres in rural areas. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of Higher Education and Highways, to award 18 civil work contracts related to 18 road sections, in North Central, North Western provinces and Kaluthara District, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 14. Reintroduction of Capital Gains Tax (GGT) Regime (Document No - 40)


During the last few decades there has been a massive increase in the private capital in the country. The increase in prices of land attributable to the large infrastructure developments carries out through government funds have enabled the land owners to make significant capital gains free of taxation. This resulted in the increase in the inequality of income distribution. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Management agrees to reintroduce the Capital Gains Tax to rectify the situation and the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, to draft a new Capital Gains Tax Regime, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


1 15. Annual Report 2015 – Ministry of Finance (Document No - 46)


In terms of Section 13 of the Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act No. 03 of 2003, the Minister of Finance is required to submit a report on Final Budgetary Position (Annual Report) to parliament and to the public before 31st May of the following year. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to submit the Annual Report 2015 of the Ministry of Finance in the parliament that consists of 13 chapters with updated information on government's fiscal position in 2015, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Provide studying opportunities to the foreign Army officers/ other ranks of Middle East Region at the General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University

General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, which is administrated under the Ministry of Defence, holds the full membership of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in UK. It allows foreign officers/ cadet officers and students to follow degree courses as a means of improving the friendship and diplomatic cooperation with countries in the African and Asian region.

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01. Grant and Technical Assistance of Euro 43.7 million from the European Union

The European Union has agreed to provide a grant (a non-repayable financial aid) of 43.7 million Euros out of which 38 million Euros in support of the Integrated Rural Development Programme in Central and Uva Provinces and for Trade Related Assistance programme in Sri Lanka, and 5.7 million Euros as technical assistance to the Water Supply and Drainage Board.

Out of the 38 million Euros, 30 million Euros of the grant are expected to be utilized in Integrated Rural Development Programme in Central and Uva Provinces. The programme intends to improve livelihood, income level, health and nutrition of low income receivers of the said provinces and to strengthen the social and economic services rendered by Local Government Institutions, Community Organizations, and Private Institutions. Other 8 million Euros are intended to be utilized in Programme for Trade related Assistance in Sri Lanka, which intends to increase the competitiveness of Sri Lankan exports in the foreign market, implementation of policy and regulatory reforms on GSP+ of the European Union, and to implement a Trade Policy that includes measures to be implemented on regaining the GSP+ trade concession. Moreover, the 5.7 million Euros to be given to the Water Supply and Drainage Board for technical assistance programme, will grant technical assistance in Institutional Management and Technical Skills Development with special attention on Waste Water Management.

The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in his capacity as the Minister of National Policy and Economic Affairs, to enter into relevant agreements on this purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Registration of Persons, Issuance of Electronic National Identity Cards and establishment of National Register of Persons

Although the Cabinet approval has already been granted to establish the National Register of Persons and to issue an Electronic National Identity Card, with the authority vested in the Department of Registration of Persons by the Registration of Persons Act No 32 of 1968, the process has been delayed due to various technical reasons. The proposal made by Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to plan and implement the relevant project with regard to the issue of an Electronic National Identity Card for all citizens who are eligible to obtain a National Identity Card, within a period of two years, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

03. Strengthening of Regional Industrial Estate Development Programme

Twenty nine (29) Industrial Estates have been established in government lands under the above programme by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce with the view of promoting industries in regional level which have created various direct and indirect occupations and other economic benefits. The joint proposal made by Hon. M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardena, Minister of Lands and Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce, to simplify the process of granting lands in order to encourage investors, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

In the seventh meeting of the Combined Working Committee on anti-terrorist and Transnational crimes of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation – BIMSTEC) held in August this year in Bangkok, the member states comprising Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan, and Nepal, , Thailand, have agreed on the Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in criminal matters.

Provisions that enables Sri Lanka on exchanging assistance with foreign countries in such situations, are being offered by the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No. 25 of 2002. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to sign and ratify the BIMSTEC convention, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. Providing provisions for Pre-Trial Procedures

Long delays in trial procedures have undermined public confidence in the judicial system and the public is confronted with serious financial problems with this situation. Various measures have been taken to solve the problem but a large number of trials are still on progress. The proposal made by Hon. Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to draft amendments to the Civil Procedure Code enabling to introduce Pre-Trial Procedures to solve this issue, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

06. Construction of a building for the Sri Lanka Anti-doping Agency

The Sri Lanka Anti-doping Agency is established under article 10 of the Convention against Doping in Sports Act. No. 33 of 2013 with the intention of working in cooperation with international organizations on anti-doping activities in sports. The proposal made by Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, Minister of Sports, to build the headquarters building of the said institution at the Sugathadasa Stadium premises at a cost of 237 million rupees and to purchase necessary equipment for the institution, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

07. Establishment of the Policy Development Office

Sri Lankan economy should be restructured to achieve the next step of the economic development. It is necessary to review and strengthen the institutional framework which implements the development programmes. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to establish a Policy Development Office attached to the Prime Minister’s office to assist the Cabinet of Ministers in policy making, reviewing, coordination and implementation of policies, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

08. Construction of 03 three storied Buildings to provide accommodation for Cadet Officers of the Defence Services Command and Staff College


The Defence Services Command and Staff College established by the Act No 05 of 2008 is the highest defence services professional educational institute in Sri Lanka. The college plans and implements courses for staff officers in armed forces and public services, to train them in discharging their duties effectively. Few foreign officers are also enabled to follow a residential course as a means of mutual cooperation with friendly states. The proposal made by Hon. Ruwan Wijewardena, Acting Minister of Defence, to construct 03 Nos. of three storied buildings to provide quality accommodation for the said officers at a cost of Rs. 120 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

09. Reconstruction and relocation of buildings of Automobile Engineering Training Institute, affected by the construction of a new bridge over the Kelani River

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency has granted a loan amount of Japanese Yen 35,020 million for the project of constructing a new bridge over the Kelani River. The Automobile Engineering Training Institute which was established in a land acquired for this purpose needs to be relocated. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of University Education and Highways, to award the contract of reconstruction of the buildings for the said institution at a cost of Rs. 1,539.8 million at the Orugodawatta Vocational Training Authority premises, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

10. Contract for Consultancy Services for implementation of Landslide Rectification measures for selected roads under the Climate Resilience Improvement Project

The proposal made by Hon.Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of University Education and Highways, to award the contract for consultancy services on researching, planning and supervision of constructions for implementation of the above project funded by the International Development Association at a cost of Rs. 146.17 million to the National Building Research Organization as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Standing Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2016

Estimates of revenue and expenditure have been prepared for the year 2016 as per the discussions held with relevant ministries, provincial councils and other parties, based on the total resources that can be obtained in the financial year 2016, government’s policies and priorities. Overall expenditure of 2016 is estimated as Rs. 3,138 billion and the estimated revenue is Rs. 1,789 billion inclusive of foreign grants. The proposal made by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to table the Appropriation Bill for the year 2016 in the parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Construction of temporary structures to house the High Court Complex, Colombo until the completion of its repair and renovation.

High Court Complex, Colombo constructed during the British Rule is now in a state of dilapidation. Therefore, there exists an urgent need to carry out an extensive renovation to these buildings. At present 08 High Courts, 03 Commercial High Courts, and 08 District Courts are housed in these buildings. A need arises to shift the old High Court Complex to a separate location on temporary basis so as to effect an extensive renovation. A land belonging to the B.C.C. Ceylon Co. Ltd has been selected for this purpose and 04 structures have already been constructed by the Sri Lanka Army. Infrastructure such as water, electricity, and sewage should be provided and sanitary facilities, car parks, access roads, prison cells, Registrar’s Office, Record Room, and Production rooms should be constructed. The proposal made by Hon. Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa, Minister of Justice, to award the construction work to Engineering Division of the Sri Lanka Army at a cost of Rs. 87.7 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

13. Construction of Four Storied Building Complex for the Ministry of Public Administration and Management

Establishment of several divisions that can be considered as Departments which are already functioning within this ministry premises will lead to a lot of administrative issues. Since the divisions of Accountants Services Board and Planning Services Board operated earlier under the Ministry of Finance have now been brought under the Ministry and those divisions have also been established within the Ministry premises, the ministry has encountered an issue regarding space at present. Hence, the proposal made by Hon. Ranjith Maddumabandara, Minister of Public Administration and Management, to build a four storied building in the ministry premises removing several temporary buildings, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

14. Review of the agreement on Colombo Port City Development project

The Cabinet approval has already been granted to extend the agreement between Colombo Port City Development Project Company and the Government of Sri Lanka from 06 months. The proposal made by Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports and Shipping, to appoint a committee consisting of senior officials headed by the Secretary to the Prime Minister to review and make recommendations to the Ministerial Committee on Economic Management, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

15. Preliminary Report on Total Blackout occurred on 27th September 2015

The explanation made by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) on the total blackout occurred on 27th September 2015, was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by Hon. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, Minister of Power and Energy. He explained that the total failure has occurred due to system instability as a result of the low demand beyond the anticipated level, due to bad weather condition and long weekend and increase of power generation from mini hydro and wind plants. The Cabinet of Ministers have requested the Minister to appoint a committee of experts to conduct a fair investigation in this regard and to make recommendations for preventing such incidents in the future and to present its report within three weeks.

16. A New Model Village Programme ensuring land, housing and settlements

In consequence of the “Shelter for All” development programme based on participatory development implemented by the present government, many people aspiring to own a house of their own have been able to construct houses of higher value over the past few months by contributing their own labour and savings to the limited financial support extended by the government. However there are many families that were not benefitted by this programme. The Ministry of Housing and Construction has planned to implement a new model village programme to benefit the said community. Under this programme, it is intended to implement 38 housing projects and each project consists of 28 houses and a concessionary loan of Rs.250,000 will be provided for a house. Total cost is estimated as Rs. 240 million. The proposal made by Hon. Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to implement this programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

01. Safeguarding the collective responsibility of the Cabinet (Document No. 06)

Clause 42(2) of the Constitution of Sri Lanka stipulates that Cabinet of Ministers who are in charge of the steering of the administration of the government of the Republic of Sri Lanka and who are in charge of the conduct of that administration are bound to be collectively responsible for the Parliament and to respond to the Parliament.

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01. “Let’s Awaken Polonnaruwa” District Development Programme 2016 - 2020

Polonnaruwa District which is situated in Raja Rata area consists of seven (07) Divisional Secretariat Divisions and two hundred and ninety five (295) Grama Niladhari divisions. Infrastructure which is limited to the urban area does not suit the present community needs and infrastructures such as health, education and highways in rural areas are not in a satisfactory situation. Especially, in Welikanda, Dimbulagala, Medirigiriya, and Lankapura Divisional Secretariat divisions which have confronted the experience of the ethnic conflict are in a critical situation. Therefore, people in Polonnaruwa have been undergoing immense hardship in their day to day lives and have to visit adjoining districts to obtaining various services.

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 15-07-2015

01. Establishment of a general procedure to award "Prashansaneeya Seva Padakkama"
The proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to establish a general procedure to award the "Prashansaneeya Seva Padakkama" to officers and other ranks in the tri forces as a gratitude towards the long, admirable, preferential and invaluable service, according to the recommendations made by board consisted of senior officials of three forces, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

02. Formalization of the export of Gyrinopswalla plant
The proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the method prepared with the agreement of respective parties which are the officials of the Department of Forest Conservation, Department of Wildlife Conservation and Biodiversity Secretariat to enforce necessary action for the conservation of Gyrinopswalla plant which was included in the Red List prepared in 2012 while allowing the possession and transportation of the plant on commercial basis based on a permit issued by the respective authority, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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