Cabinet Decisions

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The poverty of Sri Lanka which was 26.1 percent in 1990 could be reduced to 6.7 percent 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 percent to 45 percent in 2017 and a Peoples’ Company Council will be established with a General Council and a Board of Directors with the participation of 80 percent of families in the 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 President Maithripala Sirisena, to implement the above programme with public, private and people’s participation, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Introducing method to supply stones, sand, soil and pebbles for government’s development projects

There is an increased demand for the 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 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.

Development of pharmaceutical manufacturing industry

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 percent of demand is manufactured in Sri Lanka and government expects to increase it to 80 percent. Accordingly, the proposal made by 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.

Netherlands concessionary financial facilities

The government of Netherlands 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. Accordingly, the proposal made by 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.

Providing ownership of lands, Condominium and Non condominium properties to long term residents

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 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.

MoU between Sri Lanka and Russia on cooperation in tourism sector

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

MoU between the National Zoo in Sri Lanka and National Zoo in Singapore

The proposal made by Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, 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.

Establishment of a National Science Centre (NSC)

A land of seven acres has already been allocated at Pitipana, Homagama for the above purpose and it should be established according to international standards. Accordingly, the proposal made by Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, 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.

Setting up picture archival and communication system (pacs)/ radiology information system (riS) for 20 Government hospitals in Sri Lanka

Patients with various situations arrive at government hospitals for treatment and it is essential to keep their reports stored properly to be referred again. They should be stored with modern technology to be retrieved easily when required. Accordingly, the proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, 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.

Strengthening capacity of hospitals and Regional medical supplies divisions

Considering the importance of providing quality medical supplies in time, the proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, 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.

Providing funds for N.C.D Alliance Lanka for fight against non communicable diseases

Above alliance has been established to counter non communicable diseases and it has agreed to a five year strategic plan to prevent and control NCDs. The proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, to provide Rs. five million annually to the said alliance for five 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.

Lease a land for a clinical waste management project

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 Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to provide a land of two acres one 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.

Provision of memorial tea packages for foreign tourists at Bandaranaike International Airport

The proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake, 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.

Grant relief on loan interests for installing solar panels for domestic electricity consumers

Above programme was introduced for consumers who receive a monthly bill of Rs. 2,000 by the budget 2017. However, 40 percent of consumers get a bill less than Rs. 300. Therefore, it was proposed to grant relief to all consumers 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 Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Development of Sri Lanka State Engineering Corporation (SLSEC) land in Peliyagoda

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

Letter boxes in housing complexes

to be made compulsory to provide postal facilities

The proposal made by Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M.H.A. Haleem, 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.

Rural Bridges Project – second Phase – Construction of 63 additional bridges

Cabinet has approved obtaining a loan of GBP Sterling 100 for construction of 537 bridges from Deutsche Bank AG London on February 21, 2014 and its project period ends on December 8, 2017. As to changes of exchange rates there is a surplus of funds and accordingly, the proposal made by Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faizer Mustafa, to use those funds in building 63 additional bridges and to extend the project duration from another three months from December 8, 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Presenting Regulations made by Minister of Sports under Sports Act No. 25 of 1973

The proposal made by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, 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 Sports Minister 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.

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

The proposal made by Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake, to amend the 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.

Amendment to Information and Communication Technology Act No. 27 of 2003

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 Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister Harin Fernando, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to amend the above act for implementation of above tasks, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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

The proposal made by 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, Nawaloka Constructions (PVT) Ltd at a cost of Rs. 625.73 million (without VAT), was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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

The proposal made by City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem, 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.

Augmentation of water pipe lines along with the Orugodawatta Ambathale Road Development Project

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

Construction of a Bone Marrow Transplant Centre at Teaching Hospital Kandy to cure Thalassaemia

There are about 3,500 Thalassaemia patients and 500,000 vectors in the country. It is identified that establishment of the above unit is necessary as many Thalassaemia patients are in Kurunegala, Colombo, Gampaha, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Ampara and Kandy Districts. Accordingly, the proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, 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.

Construction of Ayurveda hospitals and their infrastructure development

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 Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, 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.

Construction of accommodation building and administration building at National Police Academy, Katana

The proposal made by Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake, 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.

Establishment of a National Vocational Training Centre in Hingurakgoda

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

Accelerating higher education expansion and development

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 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.