False media reports on cut off of Samurdhi Allowance
The public had been misled by the false media reports saying that Samurdhi Allowances of some beneficiaries had been suspended.
The Cabinet has noted that the government has not taken any decision to cut off the Samurdhi Allowance and the President emphasized it the other day.
Supply of vehicles and equipment to institutions under the purview of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Wildlife
Considering a proposal made by Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera, to provide essential vehicles and equipment for the Development of Wildlife Conservation under the Department of National Botanical Gardens, the Cabinet has approved to provide allocations in 2018 and 2019, for the above purpose and to provide Rs. 500 million in 2018 as its first phase.
Amendment of National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka Act No. 53 of 1998
With the Development of the aquaculture field in Sri Lanka, provisions required for providing a legal framework for regulation, conservation and management of activities and for implementing punishments for identified offences, importation of organisms, materials and equipment and for issuing of relevant licenses, should be included in the above act.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, to ascend the above act and to appoint a committee to make the proposal and recommendations in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.
Amendement of Tea, Rubber and Coconut Estates (Control of fragmentation) Act No. 2 of 1958
Under the above act, for fragmentation or transfer of a coconut estate larger than four hectares and tea and rubber estates larger than 20 hectares, a certificate of consent should be obtained from the Tea, Rubber and Coconut Estates (Control of fragmentation) Board.
It is a timely need for a flexibility in this law for using such lands in large-scale development projects. Accordingly, the proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake, to reduce the above limitations to two hectares (five acres) for coconut estates and eight hectares (20 acres) for tea and rubber estates, by amending the above act, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.
Making relief for tea smallholders affected by floods and landslides
Estates of 457.37 hectares in total had been completely damaged, while 1,823.10 hectares had been partially damaged in the Galle, Ratnapura, Matara, Hambantota, Kalutara, Colombo and Kegalle Districts due to floods and landslides that occurred in May.
The Proposal made by Plantation Industries Minister Naveen Dissanayake, to provide plants and fertilizer to restore damaged cultivations and to implement a programme to provide financial assistance for uplifting the living status of those who were affected, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.
Accelerated programme for middle-income housing and infrastructure development
Four projects were commenced in Wadduwa, Homagama, Jaffna and Ragama under the aboveprogramme and several projects are to be implemented in the future.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Housing and Constructions Minister Sajith Premadasa, to provide several lands owned by the Government in the Gampaha, Kalutara, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Matale, Badulla and Matara Districts to the National Housing Development Authority to implement the proposed projects, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.
Port access elevated highway project/Construction of a new seventeen-storyed office building and four factories for the Sri Lanka Ports authority
The above project is to commence in February, 2018 and it would reach the area of SLPA buildings by December, 2018. The constructions are to be done providing space in lieu of removing buildings and the proposal made by Higher Educations and Highway Minister Lakshman Kiriella, to call proposals from the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau and to award contracts for accelerating the above constrictions, was approved by the Cabinet ministers.
New projects to be implemented from 2018 for development of the plantation sector
The proposal made by the Plantation Industries Minister Naveen Dissanayaka, to provide an allocation of Rs. 730 million from the general treasury for 10 projects proposed to be implemented by the Rubber Research Institute, Coconut Cultivation Board, National Institute of Plantation Management and Thurusaviya Fund under the supervision of the Ministry of Plantation Industries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Providing house rent allowances of Rs. 50,000 for house owner’s evacuated due to landslides at the Meethotamulla waste Dump
Families who were considered to be at a high risk were evacuatedfrom the area and 91 families were provided alternative houses. Sixty more families had expressed their intention to obtain alternative houses and the proposal made by Disaster Management Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, to grant a house rent allowance of Rs. 50,000 to 141 displaced families for August 2017, including the above mentioned 60 families, was approved by the Cabinet of ministers.