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DECISION TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 22.08.2017 Featured

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01.    Fourth summit of Asian Election Partners 2018 (Document No -05)

 


The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFE) is a NGO that is engaged in implementing projects and programmes for resolving issues regarding elections and affirming the rule of law in Asian Countries. The Elections Commission of Sri Lanka has agreed to co-host the above summit to be held in Sri Lanka in 2018.

The summit will benefit in improving knowledge and skills of government officers and other partners in the election process and to improve capacity of relevant institutions. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to sign a MoU between the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and ANFE, on co-hosting the above event, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


02.    Proper registration of SIM cards (Document No -07)

 


It has been observed that there are large number of active SIM cards in operation issued by various mobile phone service providers that were issued without obtaining documents on correct identity of their owners. It is essential to register them properly for controlling various crimes and frauds done using mobile phones, and for the public security.

The Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) has already made a request from relevant service providers to register SIM cards with a duly filled application form and a photocopy of the National Identity Card of the owner. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to issue an order by the relevant minister under the Sri Lanka Telecommunications Act No 25 of 1991, and to assign the authority of implementing this process to the TRCSL, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


03.    Improving the quality of Public Three-wheeler service and School Van Services. (Document No-10)

 

 

According to the reports of the Department of Motor Traffic, three are more than 1.1 million three wheelers and 30,000 school vans at the end of 2016. According to the recommendations of the Committee of Officials appointed on the above purpose the proposal made by the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to implement the following steps was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

    Consider this subject to be under the provincial list.
    Establishment of a National Technical Committee for obtaining the technical cooperation for preparing regulations and minimum standards for improving the quality of above services.
    Encourage use of safe taxies instead of unsafe three wheelers under the long term policy of the government regarding public transport.

 


04.    Revision of the Bus fares Policy to suit the present day needs (Document No-11)

 


The present policy was prepared in 2002 and it should be revised to suit present social and economic situations. Accordingly, the proposal made by the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to appoint a committee of experts to prepare the new policy, after discussing with bus unions, was approved by the Cabinet Ministers.

 


05.    Revision of fares for transporting parcels by train (Document No 12)

 


Above fees have not been revised since 09 years and are very low compared with other parcel transporting services. Hence, the proposal made by the Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to increase the above fees by 50% except non commercial parcels and parcels transported on consumer requirement, so the public would not have to bear an additional expense, was approved by the Cabinet Ministers.

 


06.    Awareness Programme on infertility (Document No -14)

 


According to information of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine about 15% among married couples suffer from infertility and there is no sufficient attention on managing this issue.


The government hence, should provide necessary facilities for psychological counselling, proper guidance, and referring to medical treatments as the case may be. Accordingly the proposal made by the Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senarathne, to celebrate the National family Planning Day on 26th of September focusing attention of public as well as government officers on infertility, was approved by Cabinet of Minister.

 

 
07. Allocation of a land from 'Ape Gama' premises in Battaramulla to construct 'Amaradeva Asapuwa'. (Document No- 20)

 


The proposal made by the Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to transfer a land lot of 100 perches in 'Ape Gama' premises, Battaramulla to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media for the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


08. Re-establishment of unsafe buildings in Wellawatta Canal Reservations (Document No – 21)

 


It has been identified that Sri Sugatha Viharaya and its affiliated children's home is located unsafely, by a survey done after an illegal building in the area has collapsed recently. Accordingly, the proposal made by the Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to transfer a land in Attidiya, Dehiwala, owned by the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation to the said temple for relocation of its buildings, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

 


9. Construction of houses for 600 low income families under the assistance of Government of India (Document No 23)

 


The housing requirement Survey 2016 has revealed that 216,197 families in Sri Lanka have no house, or a land to build a house. Government is implementing a Successful Programme to provide them houses. The Government of India agreed to provide financial aids to construct houses for 600 families.

 

Accordingly, the proposal Made by the Housing and Constructions Minister Sajith Premadasa, to sign a MoU for obtaining financial aids of LKR 300 Million and to  implement a programme covering all the 25 districts for  construction of 600 houses, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


10. Repairing the Golden Roof of the Temple of Tooth Relic (Document No 25)

 


The golden roof was offered to the Temple of tooth Relic by Former President R. Premadasa in 1987. It was repaired in 2002 and has been faded at the moment. Considering a joint Proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Buddha Sasana Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, the Cabinet has approved to repair the said roof Using Rs. 44.89 million from budget allocations of the president for 2017, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


11. Court Automation Project. (Document No 26)

 


The government’s aim to resolve the delay in courts under the four aspects of Low reforms, infrastructure development,   Court Automation and capacity development. Rs. 500 million has been allocated by the budget 2016 for the court automation project and the proposal made by the Justice Minister Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, to call proposal from institutions with technical and financial capability for acceleration of this project, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


12. Celebration of 70th Anniversary of the Parliament of Sri Lanka (Document No - 27)

 


Parliament of Sri Lanka was commenced on 14 October 1947, and to mark its 70th anniversary a summit of Hon. Speakers in South Asian Countries is to be held in Oct. 2017 and the new session of parliament will be commenced ceremonially.


In addition it has been proposed to compile a trilingual felicitation volume inclusive of information and photographs from 1947 and the proposal made by the Land and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka to obtain funds of Rs. 03 million for the above purpose, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


13. Grant of Compensation for families of deceased persons and for injured persons due to unfortunate incident occurred at Beruwala and Aluthgama on 15 & 16 June 2014 (Document No - 30)

 


The proposal made by the Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan, to pay Rs. 02 million for families of each deceased person and a maximum of Rs. 500,000/ for injured persons due to the above incident was approved by the Cabinet of ministers. 03 persons died and 12 injured due to the incident.

 


14. Release of lands for resettlement at Keppapilavu Village in Mullaitivu District (Document No- 31)

 


The Army has released land of 432 acres in the above area and has agreed to release 111 more acres for resettlement. Accordingly the proposal made by Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs Minister D.M. Swaminathan to allocate funds to relocate army camps established in the said lands, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


 

15. Installation of a solar power system on the roof of Naval Hospital, Welisara (Colombo). (Document No - 40)

 


Above hospital is comprised of 200 beds. The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Defence to install a solar power system of 450 Kw to reduce its electricity cost, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


16. Operation of duty free shops in No. 01 passenger terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake (Document No 41)

 


The proposal made by the Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to award the second contract for the operation of duty free shops for next 05 years, as recommended by the standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, to Duty AG of Switzerland, was approved by the cabinet of ministers.

 


17. Health Insurance cover for School children (Documents No -44)

 


Budget 2017 proposed to provide a free insurance cover of Rs. 200,000/= for 4.5 million school children in the age of 5-19 years and has allocated Rs. 2700 million. The proposed cover grants compensations as follows.

 

OPD treatment        –    RS. 10.000/=
Hospitalizations        –    up to Rs. 100,000/=
Sudden death of a pupil    -     Rs. 100,000/=
Sudden death of apparent    -     Rs. 75,000/=
Total Disability        -    Rs. 100,000/=
Partial Disability        -          Rs. 50,000/= to 100,000/=

 


Accordingly, the proposal made by the Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, to implement this insurance cover through Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd. subject to an annual premium of Rs. 2,348 million, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the cabinet of ministers.

 


18. Re –installation of the artificial running tracks of 400 m & 200 m of the Sugathadasa National Sports Complex (Document No -46)

 


The proposal made by the Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, to award the above contract to Access – conica JV at a cost of Rs. 269.33 million, as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

 


19. Construction of Most. Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thero Memorial Monument (Document No 47)

 


The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena to build the above monument for commemorating the service rendered by Most Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero in establishing real democracy religious harmony and reconciliation based on good governance, was approved by the cabinet of Ministers.

 


20. Making reliefs to people affected by the dry spell and securing their living status (Document No - 48)

 

 

The Government has taken following steps to make reliefs and they should be continued within the next 02 months. The note to cabinet presented by H.E. the President in this regard was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 

    Provide drinking water for 240,338 families in 117 Divisional Secretariat Divisions in 20 affected districts.
    Provide a monthly dry ration of Rs. 5,000 as drought relief.
     Implement a programme to supply water for Wild animals.
    Release of advances to Cooperative Societies with financial difficulties though District Secretaries.

 


21. Implementation of the decision to ban import, production and use of polythene of several categories from 01 Sep. 2017 (Document No – 49)  

 


Cabinet of ministers has decided to implement its decision taken on 11-07-2017 on the above matter without any change and to appoint a Committee of Officials comprised of relevant institutions for directing polythene manufactures, people engaged in polythene related packaging, and polythene whole sale merchants, who are affected by this decision for other alternatives. 

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