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    Cabinet Decisions- 06.06.2022

    June 07, 2022

     Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers held on the 06.06.2022

    1. Amendment of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act No. 6 of 1982


    Approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted at their meeting held on 04.01.2021 to
    amend the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act No. 6 of 1982 including provisions to
    enable appointment of a representative from the Treasury and the Secretary of the subject
    Ministry or a representative at him to the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Rupavahini
    Corporation. Accordingly, clearance of the Attorney – General has been granted for the
    draft bill formulated by the Legal Draftsman. Therefore, the approval of the Cabinet of
    Ministers is given to the proposal submitted by the Minister of Mass Media for
    publishing the relevant draft bill in the gazette and submit it to the Parliament
    subsequently in order to obtain approval.


    2. Amendment of Rubber Control Act No. 11 of 1956 and Rubber Replanting Subsidy
    Act No. 36 of 1953


    Instructions have been given to amend legal provisions required for winding – up the
    statutory funds which are in the inactive status as per the provision 423 of the Public
    Finance circular. Accordingly, measures have been taken to liquidate both Rubber
    Control Fund effective under the Rubber Control Act No. 11 of 1956 and the Rubber
    Replanting Subsidy Fund established under the Rubber Replanting Subsidy Act No. 36 of
    1953. The said two acts have to be amended since there is no further requirement of
    existing provisions in those acts in regard to the aforementioned funds. Accordingly, the
    Cabinet of Ministers granted consent to the proposal furnished by the Minister of
    Plantation Industries for instructing the Legal Draftsman to prepare draft bills in order to
    amend the Rubber Control Act No. 11 of 1956 and the Rubber Replanting Subsidy Act
    No. 36 of 1953.


    3. Amendment of section 46 of Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950


    From the time of initiation of Labour Tribunals, opportunities have been granted for trade
    union representatives and representatives who are not attorneys – at – law to appear
    before Labour Tribunals representing their stakeholders equally as the attorneys – at law.
    However, various issues emerged with regard to appearing of representatives who are not
    attorneys – at – law before labour tribunals. With the objective of circumventing such
    circumstances, approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted at their meeting held on
    21.02.2017 to amend the Labour Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950 to enable appearing for a
    representative on behalf of the aggrieved party from whom the power of representing is
    granted before a labour tribunal. Accordingly, clearance of the Attorney – General has
    been granted for the draft bill formulated by the Legal Draftsman. Therefore, the
    approval of the Cabinet of Ministers is given to the proposal submitted by the Minister of
    Labour and Foreign Employment for publishing the relevant draft bill in the gazette and
    submit it to the Parliament subsequently in order to obtain approval.

     

    4. Procurement of organic and chemical fertilizers required for paddy cultivation for
    the Maha season 2022/23


    It is expected to cultivate 800,000 hectares of paddy in the 2022/23 Maha season and
    estimated that 150,000 metric tons of Urea, 45,000 metric tons of Muriate of Potash
    (MOP) and 36,000 metric tons of Triple Super Phosphate (TSP) are required for paddy
    cultivation for the 2022/23 Maha season. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal
    presented by the Minister of Agriculture to import the relevant quantities of fertilizer by
    Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited and Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Company
    Limited and distribute them to the farmers.

     

    5. Memorandum of Understanding on the Implementation of the Voluntary


    Cooperation Program 2020 - 2027 with the World University Service in Canada.
    The World University Service in Canada is implementing a voluntary collaboration
    program in Sri Lanka for 30 years to provide education, employment and empowerment
    opportunities that aim to improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged women and
    youth around the world. Under the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the
    two parties, the programs have been implemented under this from 2015 to 2020. The
    program has not been implemented in Sri Lanka for the past 2 years due to Covid 19
    travel restrictions and it is proposed to re-sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
    in this regard. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by
    the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization &
    National Policies to implement the relevant program under 10 Govt. & Non Govt.
    Organizations with a grant of Canadian $ 2.76 million.

     

    6. US $ 55 million Loan Scheme from the Export-Import Bank of India for the
    procurement of urea fertilizer


    The Government of India has agreed to provide a $ 55 million loan through the Export-
    Import Bank of India for the procurement of Urea for the 2022/23 Maha season.
    Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Prime
    Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization & National
    Policies to sign the agreements above.

     

    7. Amendment to the Appropriation Act for the year 2022


    Due to the difficult economic situation in the country, from the middle of the first quarter
    of 2022, the Government had to incur expenditure on other essential functions in addition
    to those which had been allocated by the Appropriation Act. Moreover, the ministry
    structure that existed at the time of preparing the Appropriation Act for 2022 has now
    changed significantly. Therefore the government has decided to introduce an amendment
    bill in Parliament to replace the Appropriation Act No. 30 of 2021. Accordingly the
    Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Prime Minister in his
    capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economic Stabilization & National Policies to advice
    legal draftsman to prepare a bill to amend the Appropriation Act No. 30 of 2021.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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