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    Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2014-07-31

    July 31, 2014

    1. Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development held in Thailand - a delegation led by Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Minister (Senior) for Scientific Affairs attended the above meeting held in Thailand recently. The aim of the forum was to reach global agreement on a strong post - 2015 development agenda that builds on the foundation laid by the Millennium Development Goals. The forum had provided a platform for consultation at regional level among Government, Business and Civil Society representatives from over 32 Member States and other relevant stakeholders representing UN Agencies. The above information was provided to the Cabinet by Hon. Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Minister (Senior) for Scientific Affairs.

    2. Memorandum of Understanding (M0U) between the Government of the & Republic of Maldives and the Government of Sri Lanka on Health Sector Development - the 02 proposals made by Hon. Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health, to enter into the above Memorandum of Understanding for the following, were approved by the Cabinet:
    * to assist the Government of Maldives to enhance their Human Resource Capacity in Health and also for the  procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; and
    * to extend the cooperation in healthcare sector by implementing training programmes in Sri Lanka for Nurses and Healthcare Workers of Maldives.


    3. ‘Jana Sevana’ National Housing and Settlement Development Drive – Commencement of Housing Scheme with Local Investors, Pallekelewatta, Pallekele at Kundasale Divisional Secretary’s Division - the National Rousing Development Authority has planned to commence housing projects in the lands belonging to the Authority, under the ‘Jana Sevana’ National Housing and Settlement Development Drive with local private investors with the aim of providing houses to the people who currently do not own houses. The Pallekelewatta Housing Scheme at Kundasale has been designed to be implemented accordingly. The proposal made by Hon. Wimal Weerawansa, Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, to proceed with the relevant activities, was approved by the Cabinet.


    4. Development of Infrastructure Facilities in Southern Province in Parallel to ‘Deyata Kirula’ Development Exhibition - the proposal made by Hon. R.M.C. Rathnayake, Minister of Private Transport Services, to construct the following 04 bus stands at a total cost of Rs.85 million in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts parallel to the ‘Deyata Kirula’ Development Programme, 2015 was approved by the Cabinet.
    * Galle District - Habaraduwa Bus Stand;
    Matara District - Akuressa Bus Stand;
    Hambantota District - Lunugamvehera Bus Stand; and
    Hambantota District - Walasmulla Bus Stand.


    5. Establishment of a New Botanic Gardens and Improvement of the facilities at the existing Botanic Gardens with the view to developing Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka - it has been observed that there is a considerable increase in the number of foreign and local tourists visiting the Botanical Gardens in Sri Lanka and the revenue generated in 2013 had been Rs.416.5 million and for the first five months of 2014 the income has been Rs.2 19.8 million. The proposal made by Hon. Jayaratne Herath, Minister of Botanical Gardens and Public Recreation, to proceed with the relevant activities of the following, was approved by the Cabinet:
    * activities relating to the new Wet Zone Botanical Garden at Avissawella due to be opened in September 2014;
    * to develop the remaining land area under the 2nd Phase of the Mirijjawila Botanical Garden, Hambantota and
    * relevant activities at the Hakgala Botanical Garden.


    6. Kelaniya Grid Substation Augmentation under unutilized funds available from ADE Loans 2518/2519 (SF) SRI (Clean Energy & Access Improvement Project) - the proposal made by Hon. (Mrs.) Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy, to award the above tender to the lowest evaluated bidder as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet. Cabinet also noted that no appeals have been received from the unsuccessful bidders.


    7. Repairs of Exhaust Stack at Sapugaskanda Power Station - the proposal made by Hon. (Mrs.) Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy, to award the above tender as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet. Cabinet also noted that no appeals have been received from the unsuccessful bidders.


    8 ‘Nagamu Purawara’ - Modernization of Multi-storied Housing Schemes and Infrastructure Facilities - the two proposals made by Hon. Wirnal Weerawansa, Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, to carry out modernization activities of the following Multi-storied Housing Schemes of the Condominium Management Authority and the National Housing Development Authority under the “Nagamu Purawara - 2014”, utilizing funds to be provided by the General Treasury, was approved by the Cabinet.


    (i) Modernization of 09 Housing Schemes at a cost of Rs.122.1 million - contract to be awarded to the State Development and Construction Corporation:
    * Sir James Peiris Mawatha Housing Scheme;
    * Ketawalamulla Housing Scheme, Colombo 08;
    * Mallikarama Housing Scheme, Colombo 09;
    * Jayawadanagama Housing Scheme, Battaramulla;
    * Idaiwatta Housing Scheme, Moratuwa;
    * Elapitiwala Housing Scheme, Ragama;
    * Danister De Silva Mawatha Housing Scheme, Colombo 09;
    * Jayagathpura Housing Scheme, Moratuwa; and
    * Goodwill Watta National Housing Scheme, Moratuwa;


    (ii) Modernization of 18 Housing Schemes at a cost of Rs.620 million - contract to be awarded to the State Engineering Corporation:
    * Himbutu Uyana Housing Scheme, Mulleriyawa;
    * Simondale Housing Scheme, Piliyandala;
    * Elapitiwala Housing Scheme, Ragama;
    * Chitra Lane Housing Scheme, Narahenpita, Colombo 05;
    * Maligawatta Railway Employees’ Housing Scheme, Colombo 10;
    * Dias Place Housing Scheme, Pettah, Colombo 12;
    * Kammalwatta Housing Scheme, Maradana, Colombo 10;
    * Mattegoda Housing Scheme, Kottawa;
    * Pamankada Housing Scheme, Kirulapone, Colombo 05;
    * Torrington Low Income Earners Housing Scheme, Narahenpita, Colombo 07;
    * Manning Town, Matha Road Housing Scheme, Narahenpita, Colon2bo 05;
    * Gothami Road Housing Scheme, Borella, Colombo 08;
    * Albion Street Housing Scheme (Bogahawatta Flats);
    * Siddharthapura Housing Scheme, Kirulapana, Colombo 06;
    * Piyarsaibu Housing Scheme, Authkade, Colombo 12;
    * Ratmalana Electorate 20 Houses, Ratmalana;
    * Nawaloka Flats K & J Aluthkade, Colotnbo 12; and
    * Baseline Road Housing Scheme, Dematagoda.


    9. Completion of the remaining works of the Construction of District Secretariat Building Complex, Colombo - the proposal made by Hon. W.D.J. Seneviratne, Minister of Public Administration and Home Affairs, to proceed with the relevant activities for the completion of the construction work of the remaining 14 stories of the relevant building, was approved by the Cabinet.


    10. Establishment of a National Child Counseling Center and a National Safe Home under the National Child Protection Authority - the proposal made by Hon. Tissa Karalliyadde, Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs, to set up a National Child Counseling Center and a National Safe Home under the National Child Protection Authority and to proceed with the relevant activities, with the view to providing accommodation to victims of child abuse and other forms of violence until the completion of legal proceedings and also to provide counseling for such victims, was approved by the Cabinet.


    11. Provision and Installation of Electro-mechanical Equipment for Augmentation of Common Waste Water Treatment Plant (CWWTP) of Katunayake Export Processing Zone - having considered the enhancement of activities of the existing industries within the Katunayake Export Processing Zone due to expansion of operations of existing industries and setting up of new industries, it has been proposed to augment the Common Waste Water Treatment Plant of the Katunayake Export Processing Zone to meet the current and future demands pertaining to the treatment of waste water generated from industries. The proposal made by Hon. Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion, to award the above tender as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC), was approved by the Cabinet. Cabinet also noted that no appeals have been received from the unsuccessful bidders.


    12. Development of Kantale, Hingurana, Sevanagala and Pelwatta Sugar Industries - Cabinet considered the proposals submitted by Hon. Lakshman Seneviratne, Minister of Sugar Industry Development on the recommendations of the Officials’ Committee appointed by the Cabinet to make recommendations for the rehabilitation of the above four Sugar Industries with the view to increasing local production up to 40% of the annual sugar requirement of the country by 2020. Some of the salient features of the proposals are as follows:


    * 27,567 hectares of land belonging to Kantale, Hingurana, Sevanagala and Peiwatta Sugar Industries will be leased out for a period of 99 years to Lanka Sugar Co. (Pvt.) Ltd. which is a 100% Government owned company, to increase its equity capital enabling it to obtain the required financial facilities for the development of the above four Industries;
    * Kantale Sugar Industry will be developed and modernized with the assistance of the Czech Republic; and
    * blocks of land will be allocated to farmers for sugarcane cultivation by entering into forward contracts with the said farmers for the purchase of sugarcane; priority will be given to the farmers who are already engaged in sugarcane cultivation and farmers who are residents of the Districts where the relevant lands are situated.


    The proposals contained in the above Report were approved by the Cabinet.

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