November 17, 2018

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    DECISION TAKEN BY THE CABINET OF MINISTERS AT ITS MEETING HELD ON 16.01.2018 Featured

    January 17, 2018
    1. Smallholder Agribusiness Partnership Programme (Document No. 05)

    Proponent –    H. E. the President Maithripala Sirisena

    Description –   It was decided to give loans to parties engaged in agribusiness sector at an interest rate of 6.5%. The programme implemented with assistance from International Fund for Agriculture Development will benefit 57,500 low income rural families.

     

    1. Implementation of socio-economic surveys and land surveys for all lands owned by Department of Railway Sri Lanka (Document No – 08)

    Proponent –      Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

    Description –     Above survey will be done for determining and mapping all lands owned by SLR including 7,000 land lots which have been leased, with the view of proper management of such lands and resettling illegal dwellers in alternative lands.

     

    1. Agreement between Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan for exempting persons who have diplomatic and official passports from the requirement of obtaining visa (Document No. 14)

    Proponent –      Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Navinna

     

    1. Import of bristle fibre for re-exporting after value addition (Document No – 21)

    Proponent –      Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake

    Description –     Sri Lanka earns a considerable foreign exchange through exporting 8,000 – 15,000 Mt of bristle fibre annually to about 20 countries. It was decided to import bristle fibre from India under strict rules and conditions on the above purpose until the coconut yield reaches normalcy.

     

    1. Memorandum of understanding on agricultural Cooperation between Sri Lanka & Turkey (Document No – 22)

    Proponent –      Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake

    Description –     It was decided to sign above MOU and the Cabinet has noted that an agreement is to be signed by Sri Lanka Tea Board for increasing the tea export to Turkey.

     

    1. Obtaining technical Cooperation for increasing production, improve value chains, and commercialization of main fruits in Sri Lanka (Document No – 23)

    Proponent –      Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake

    Description –     It was decided to sign a trilateral agreement with China and UN Food and Agriculture Organization to implement above Programme for improving Mango, Plantain and Pineapple cultivation under assistance of South-South Cooperation of China.

     

    1. Amendment of Criminal Procedure Code Act No. 15 of 1979 for removing the requirement of presenting a suspect/accused before the court in identified determined situations (Document No – 26)

    Proponent –      Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala

    Description –     Any suspect should who is arrested be presented before a Magistrate within 24 hours and in case of remanding they should be present once in two weeks to extend the remand order. Hence for the security of detainees it was decided to amend the above act for making provisions to obtain remand order without presenting detainees before a magistrate.

     

    1. Improvement of free postal facilities provided for MPs and Members of Provincial Councils (Document No – 31)

    Proponent –      Post, Postal Services and Muslim Religious Affairs Minister M. H. A. Haleem

    Description –     Above facility has not been increased since 2007 while postal charges have been increased in several occasions. Hence it was decided to amend the annual amount provided for above facility as follows.

                                    For MPs –            from LKR 175,000/- to LKR 350,000/-

                                    For Members of Provincial Councils – from LKR 24,000/- to LKR 48,000/-

     

    1. MOU between Public Police Training Institute of Vietnam and National Police Training Institute of Sri Lanka for cooperation on Police Training and Scientific Research (Document No – 35)

    Proponent –      Low and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake

     

    1. Improvement of Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo through Public-Private Partnership (Document No – 36)

    Proponents –    Finance & Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera

                                    Public Enterprise Development Minister Kabir Hashim

                                    Development strategies & International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama

    Description –     It was decided to appoint a project committee for evaluating the proposal made by HPL Hotels and Resorts on the above purpose and to proceed subject to relevant guidelines of the government.

     

    1. Award of Contract for Installation of water main for Defence Headquarters Complex (Document No – 39)

    Proponent –      H. E. the President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Defence

    Awarded to –    M/S. Frigi Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd.

    Cost –                   LKR 494.48 million

     

    1. Award of Contract for Installation of a Flight Information Management System (Document No – 40)

    Proponent –      Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

    Awarded to –    M/s. Thales Air Systems S.A.S.

    Cost –                   Total of 3.3 million euros plus LKR 65 million

     

    1. Purchase of 50 electric buses to SLTB for improvement of urban public transport service (Document No – 41)

    Proponent –      Transport & Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva

    Description –     SLTB has 6300 running condition buses with 2,467 buses which are older than 10 years. SLTB needs 7257 total buses to be deployed according to time table and presently 100% of buses run by diesel. Hence it was decided to do the above purchase for establishment of a Bus Rapid Transit System.

     

    1. Improvement of Infrastructure of Uva Wellassa University – Phase 2 (Document No – 43)

    Proponent –      Higher Education & Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella

    Description –     It is required to begin infrastructure development work related to constriction of library building, auditorium, staff teaching unit, Alternative Water Supply System and student welfare centre and main access road in 2018 to cater increased student intake and it was decided to call for bids for selection of contractors.

     

    1. Award of Contract for implementation of stage III of Medirigiriya Water Supply Scheme (Document No – 44)

    Proponent –      City Planning & Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem

    Awarded to –    M/S Squire Mech Engineering (Pvt) Ltd.

    Cost –                   LKR 1,230 million.

     

    1. Award of Contract for Implementing sage 1 of Anuradhapura North Water Supply Project (Document No – 45)

    Proponent –      City Planning & Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem

    Awarded to –    M/S Access Engineering PLC

    Cost –                   USD 6.17 million from JICA and LKR 2,349 million of domestic funds

     

    1. Construction of new court buildings (Document No – 47)

    Proponent –      Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala

    Description –     It was decided to construct new buildings in Welimada, Ratnapura, Theldeniya, Pugoda, Kantale & Kilinochchi using allocations of 2018.

     

    1. Host country agreement related to 18th summit of convention of International Trade in Endangered species of wild fauna & flora (Document No – 53)

    Proponent –      Sustainable Development & Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera

    Description –     It was decided to sign the above agreement for hosting the above event in Sri Lanka from 22nd May 2019 to 03rd Jun 2019.

     

    1. Active Debt Management Bill. (Document No –56)

    Proponent –      Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Minister of National Policies & Economic Affairs

    Description –     It was already decided to draft legislation for using responsibility management in this regard and it was decided to publish above bill in gazette and present in parliament for approval.

     

    1.  Signing of Free Trade Agreement between Sri Lanka and Singapore (Document No – 57)

    Proponent – Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama 

    Description – This agreement consists of provisions regarding trade in goods and services, service liberalization, investments, public procurement, etc. It was decided to sign the agreement subject to clearance of the Attorney General.

     

    1. MoU between Sri Lanka and Vietnam on information and communication (Document No – 59)

    Proponent – Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera 

    Description – Above agreement is to be signed for strengthening of bilateral cooperation on above fields.

     

    1. Establishment of a Special High Court for accelerating the proceedings of legal action related to bribery and corruption allegations and allegations on complex financial crimes (Document No – 60)

    Cabinet has already approved to establish the above three bench high court and a bill has been prepared by the Legal Draftsman for amending the Judicature Act No. 2 of 1978 on the above purpose.

    Accordingly criminal cases which are distinctively stipulated in the act could be directly forwarded to the proposed high court by the Attorney General or by the Director General of Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption. The bill has been currently sent for clearance of the Attorney General. Above information was presented to the Cabinet of Ministers by the Justice Minister Thalatha Athukorala.  

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