Cabinet Decisions

Sunday, 1 October 2017

MoU between Sri Lanka, Australia for fighting against transnational crimes

The proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Defence Minister, to sign the above MoU between the two countries for preventing transnational crimes including human trafficking, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Obtaining additional funds for completing Mahamodara Maternity Hospital in Galle

The German Government has agreed to provide supplementary loans up to 13 million Euros for the development activities of the above hospital and the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister, to hold negotiations and to enter into an agreement with the KFW Bank of Germany in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Improvement of railway operations and providing information on trains to public through GPS technology

The proposal made by the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to obtain the relevant operating system to an amount of Rs. 31.8 million, for improving railway operations, connecting Colombo, Anuradhapura and Nawalapitiya control rooms, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Providing space for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The proposal made by the Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana, to renovate the adjacent building used by the Civil Security Department, through CECB for providing additional space of 30,000 square feet, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Continuous payment of rent allowance for householders whose houses were damaged due to floods, landslides in May

The above allowance of Rs. 7,500 was paid to such families until they are being resettled and the proposal made by the Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, to pay this allowance for a further three months to 3,584 families, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Establishment of permanent offices of the National Building Research Bureau in landslide prone districts

The proposal made by the Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, to establish two permanent offices with modern laboratory facilities in selected districts for expanding their services with the increasing risk of landslides, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Establishment of a Modern National Science Centre

The proposal made by the Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to construct a National Science Centre according to international standards, at a cost of LKR 2,550 million, on the provided land in the Technological City in Mahenawatta, Pitipana, Homagama for providing knowledge to schoolchildren, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Cooperation with European Organisation for Nuclear Research

Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement in this regard in May, 2017. Accordingly, the proposal made by the Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to allocate funds of Rs. 250.45 million for the next five years for further cooperation in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Science and Technology for Society Forum 2018

The STS forum was successfully held for the first time in 2016 and it has been proposed to hold the forum again in 2018 with about 1000 participants. Accordingly, the proposal made by the Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to hold the STS Forum – 2018 for the second time in Colombo in October 2018, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Proposals made by the Minister of Health

Following proposals made by the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathna, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i. Improvement of Cancer Treatment Unit at the Karapitiya Hospital

– The Colours of Courage Trust Charity Organisation has agreed to contribute in this regard for funding Rs. 2,000 million of the cost. An MoU is to be signed between the Ministry and the said charity organisation.

ii. Construction of a Cardiac Catheterization Lab at the Badulla Provincial General Hospital

– Establish the above lab with the assistance of JICA at a cost of Rs. 698 million.

iii. Relocating the Anuradhapura Regional Office, Sales Centre, and Drugs purchasing Centre of the Sri Lanka Ayurvedic Drugs Corporation.

iv. Development of Hospitals in the Sabaragamuwa Province at a cost of Rs. 1,547 million.

Construction of a new building complex for the District Secretariat, Gampaha

The proposal made by Home Affairs Minister Wajira Abeywardhana, to construct a seven storeyed building at a cost of Rs. 2,960 million for the Gampaha District Secretariat, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Increase of allocations for festivals organised by the Department of Cultural Affairs such as state award festivals

The proposal made by the Internal Affairs Minister S. B. Navinna, to increase the current allocations of Rs. 55 million to Rs. 100 million for improving the quality of the above festivals, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Allocation of land lots in Industrial Estates for establishing industries

The proposal made by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, to provide land plots on lease basis to establish 26 projects, in regional industrial estates, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Allocation of a land to construct Ratnapura Academic Centre of the Open University

The proposal made by the Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to provide a land in extent of one acre and two roods, owned by UDA to OUSL as a free grant, on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Development of a recreational coast from Dehiwala to Kollupitiya

The proposal made by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to implement the above project with additional purposes of reducing soil erosion and providing space for additional railway lines, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

New projects proposed to be implemented in 2018 for development of coconut field

The coconut cultivation and its related fields help in generating a huge income for the country. Hence, the proposal made by the Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayaka, to implement new projects for the development of this field, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Utilisation of abandoned paddy fields for Solar Power Generation

The proposal made by the Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, to use such paddy fields with the consent of the Commissioner General of Agrarian Development and other authorities, for solar power generation projects of one MW, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Proposals made by Agriculture Minister

Following proposals made by the Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i. Implement of a proper insurance scheme as proposed by the budget 2017.

ii. Development of infrastructure related to minor irrigations.

Increase the daily refreshment allowance of trainee teachers in National Education Colleges

The proposal made by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, to increase the above allowance from Rs. 3,500 to 5,000 and to provide it for the whole training period of three years, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Establishment of two new National Schools in Wariyapola Town, Kurunegala

The above proposal made by the Education Minister for facilitating more students in grade 1, was approved by the Cabinet and it was also decided that there should be a national policy on establishing national schools.

Amendment of Pradeshiya Sabha Act no 15 of 1987 for welfare of estate community

The proposal made by the Provincial Council and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha, to publish the above bill in the gazette and present it in Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Proposal made by the Minister of Sports

Following proposals made by the Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, were approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

i. Construction of a Human Performance Lab and purchase high tech equipment for its use.

ii. Completion of National Sports Museum – Phase 2 of the new building to be opened in December 2017.

Resettlement of illegal residents in hospital land for development of Kandy General Hospital

The joint proposal made by Ministers of Special Assignments, Social Empowerment, welfare and Kandyan Heritage, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Housing and Construction, and Development Strategies and International Trade, to build a flat to resettle the above residents, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Obtaining consultancy services for constructing bridges and railway lines from Maradana Station to Maligawatta

The proposal made by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to obtain the above services from the Road Development Authority, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Award of contracts by the Ministry of Higher Education and Highways

The following proposals made by Minister Lakshman Kiriella, to award contracts for following work, were approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i. Improvement of Kaduwela – Athurugiriya Road and Walgama – Athurugiriya Road.

ii. Contract for construction of a new bridge across the Kelani River.

Proposals by the Health Ministry

The following proposals made by Minister Rajitha Senarathna, to award the following contracts was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

i. Construction of Nursing Faculty – to State Engineering Corporation and

ii. Establishment of an Ayurvedic Research Hospital on non communicable diseases in Nindavur in Ampara District. – to the CECB.

Construction of a Hostel, Canteen and a workshop for University of Vocational Technology

The proposal made by the Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Chandima Weerakkody, to contract on obtaining consultancy services, to the CECB, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Proposals by Power and Renewable Energy Ministry

The proposals made by Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, to award following contracts, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

i. Construction of roads, culverts and street lamps in Victoria Estate in Norchcholai, Puttalam.

ii. Supply and distribution of aerial conductors.

Construction of Police housing and cafeteria building in Mirihana, Nugegoda

The proposal made by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa, to award the above contract as recommended by the SCAPC, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Trainings for veterinarians at a University in Belarus

The proposal made by Rural Economic Affairs Minister P. Harison, to enter into an agreement with the relevant university on the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Stage four of Combined Read Investment Programme

The proposal made by Prime Minister of the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to authorise the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, to hold negotiations in obtaining USD 150 million from ADB, and enter into relevant loan agreements was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

Proposal by the Minister of Provincial Council and Local Government

Following proposals made by Minister Fiszer Musthapha, were approved by the Cabinet of ministers.

i. Recalling of nominations for Puthukuduirippu and Muhudubadapattu Pradeshiya Sabha.

– To publish in gazette and present in Parliament the bill prepared in this regard.

ii. Appoint a committee of officials to look in to shortages of delimitation.