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Cabinet Decisions

Cabinet Decisions

Construction of three storeyed building for Defence Services Viru Daru Vidu Piyasa, Kurunegala

A three storeyed building has been constructed with Rs. 215 million allocated by the Ministry of Education with the labour of the Sri Lanka Navy and vested in students last March. However, due to the absence of common facilities such as laboratories, libraries, auditoriums and computer labs, the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to build a three storeyed building with the above facilities for the benefit of the students of the above institution, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury

The above convention was signed by 128 countries and 53 countries have ratified it. Considering the importance of ratifying this convention in Sri Lanka for addressing global environment related issues, the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to ratify the above convention, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Taking steps on reducing use of Hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) for protecting the Ozone layer

Vienna Convention and Montreal Protocol were adopted respectively in 1985 and 1987 on the above purpose and its final amendment was done on October 15, 2016 at Kigali, Rwanda to reduce the use of HFC in stages. Accordingly, the proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to appoint a committee to take necessary action for ratifying this amendment and to ratify the same with immediate effect, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Empowerment of community based organisations registered under the National Community Water Supply Department and regularising the regulation mechanism

About 90 percent of the Sri Lankan population have access to pure drinking water and 11 percent out of them get water from community water supply projects. Considering the government's interference in regulating these projects the above department was formed in 2014. Accordingly, the proposal made by City Planning and Water Supply Minister, Rauff Hakeem, to register engaged community based organisations, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers and the minister has mentioned that an awareness programme for these organisations is scheduled to be held from June 20 to 23.

Establishment of Sri Lanka Environmental Wellness Ayurveda Village and Research Centre

The proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, to commence a Public-private partnership project for establishment of the above village and research centre in Meddewaththa area in Mathugama Divisional Secretary's Division in the Kalutara district for developing Ayurvedic medicine to national and international standards, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Incorporation of the Institute of Real Estate and Valuation

The above institute was established in 2001 and was registered under the Companies Act. The proposal made by Megapolis and Western Development Minister, Patali Champika Ranawaka, to incorporate this institute under a parliamentary act for developing its productivity, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Leasing of 2 acre land, 0 roods, and 11 perches at Muthurajawela to Dart Global Logistics

An area of about 400 acres has been developed by Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation and given for various projects. Three land lots have been already provided for supply projects and applications have been called for providing two more lands.

Accordingly, the proposal made by Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to lease out the above land lot for 30 years to the said company which had presented the highest value, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Lease out a land at Welipatanwila Fisheries Harbour to construct a Shipyard

An agreement has been signed with Building a Future Foundation to provide a land of one acre and 6.4 perches for the above purpose at Beruwala Fisheries Harbour but it hasn’t still been provided due to objections from the fisheries community.

Accordingly, the proposal made by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister, Mahinda Amaraweera, to lease out a recognised optional land of one acre called Muththalagahakanda at Ussangoda near Welipatanwila Fisheries Harbour in Ambalanthota Divisional Secretary's Division, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Disposal of waste in Nuwara Eliya District

Absence of a proper method to dispose waste in the Nuwara Eliya district causes various health issues and impacts on its beauty. Two Plantation Companies agreed to provide lands to dispose this waste and accordingly, the proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister, Navin Dissanayake, to commence two waste disposal projects in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Construction of a new two storied laboratory building for the Coconut Research Institute

The proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister, Navin Dissanayake, to construct the above building at a cost of Rs. 47 million and to bear Rs. 23 million out of that by the consolidated fund and the rest by the earnings of CRI, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Staging the annual meeting of International Rubber Study Group in 2018 in Sri Lanka

The above group established in 1944 consists of 36 member countries including Sri Lanka and 120 industrial members. The proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister, Navin Dissanayake, to hold the above event in Sri Lanka in 2018, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

MoU between Switzerland and Sri Lanka on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters

The proposal made by Justice Minister Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, to sing the above MoU and to ratify the same for empowering the related laws of two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Providing pure drinking water for modal and reawakened villages in areas affected by Chronic Kidney Disease

The above projects implemented in some areas are affected by the shortage of drinking water and therefore, the proposal made by Housing and Construction Minister, Sajith Premadasa, to provide drinking water for these projects implemented in 11 districts affected by CKD with coordination of National Water Supply and Drainage Board and Department of National Community Water Supply, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Access to lands for housing and human settlement development

Various limitations in using paddy cultivating lands for other purposes has impacted on human settlement in highly urbanization areas, hence use of uncultivated paddy fields has become an essential need. According to a proposal made by Housing and Construction Minister, Sajith Premadasa, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to appoint a committee comprising relevant officials in ministries and other public institutes to make a method for utilisation of such lands without impacting on environment.

Projects aimed at enhancing digital literacy and infrastructure, promote digital economy and good governance and related policies – 2016-2018

Among 18 projects to be implemented in 2016-2018, 10 projects have been identified with a cost exceeding Rs. 20 million to be implemented in 2017 and accordingly, the proposal made by Telecommunication and Digital Infrastructure Minister, Harin Fernando, to implement these projects within this year, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Development of Nursing Training Schools

Construction of administrative and academic buildings in 14 training schools has to be done immediately and accordingly, the proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister, (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, to commence the above construction of training schools in Galle, Kandy and Anuradhapura using allocations of Rs. 200 million in 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Construction of an MOH office in Wadugoda, Payagala

The proposal made by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister, (Dr.) Rajitha Senarathne, to construct an office of Medical Officer of Health in Wadugoda, Payagala considering the population of the area for addressing health related issues, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Scholarships from the Government of Japan for HR development

The Government of Japan, introduced the above programme in 2010 for offering the opportunity for Executive Officers in the public sector to follow postgraduate courses in reputed universities in Japan. The programme was to expire this year but Japan has agreed to extend it for a further four years.

The proposal made by National Policies and Economic Affairs Acting Minister, Niroshan Perera, to sign exchange notes with the Government of Japan and to sign an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency for obtaining a grant of approximately Rs. 358 million in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance - 2016

The above annual report should be issued to parliament and public at the end of each financial year under article 13 of the Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act No. 3 of 2003, and accordingly, the proposal made by Finance and Mass Media Minister, Mangala Samaraweera, to present the said report related to the financial year 2016, which comprises 13 chapters and the respective report of the Auditor General in the parliament, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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