01. “Let’s Awaken Polonnaruwa” District Development Programme 2016 - 2020
Polonnaruwa District which is situated in Raja Rata area consists of seven (07) Divisional Secretariat Divisions and two hundred and ninety five (295) Grama Niladhari divisions. Infrastructure which is limited to the urban area does not suit the present community needs and infrastructures such as health, education and highways in rural areas are not in a satisfactory situation. Especially, in Welikanda, Dimbulagala, Medirigiriya, and Lankapura Divisional Secretariat divisions which have confronted the experience of the ethnic conflict are in a critical situation. Therefore, people in Polonnaruwa have been undergoing immense hardship in their day to day lives and have to visit adjoining districts to obtaining various services.
A number of projects have been proposed to be implemented with a cost of Rs. 60 billion under the five year programme and the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers have already been granted for implementing the drinking water project and the construction of a hospital for kidney patients. Many projects under this programme are expected to be financed by local and foreign personal donations.
Several projects in the Education, Health, Irrigation and Rural Road sectors which deserves special attention and cannot be delayed until it’s taken up along with the five year plan, are expected to be launched in the year 2015 itself and speedily completed. Estimated cost of these projects would involve an investment of approximately Rs. 750 million. Accordingly, the proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena to implement the “Let’s Awaken Polonnaruwa” district development programme within the period of 2016-2020, and to commence urgent projects under the programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Renovation of infrastructure facilities at multi storied housing complexes
The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Hon. Minister of Housing and Samurdhi Sajith Premadasa to renovate the road network and the drain network of the undermentioned 13 multi storied housing complexes in the city of Colombo in which 1,700 families are residing, at a cost of Rs. 143.29 Million.
• Bolamesawatte Housing Scheme • Veluwanarama Housing Scheme • Elvitigala Housing Scheme • Mallikarama Housing Scheme • Central Road Housing Scheme • Kammalwatte Housing Scheme • Jumma Masjid Housing Scheme • Dissanayake Watte Housing Scheme • Aluth Mawatha Housing Scheme • Dias Place Housing Scheme • Bloemendhal Housing Scheme • St. James Street Housing Scheme • Aluthkade Housing Scheme
01.Renovation of Places of Worship damaged by the earthquake in Nepal
According to the approval granted by the Cabinet of Ministers, the Buddhist Temple in Swayambhunath and the Rato machindranath Hindu Kovil in Lalitpur, which were damaged by the earthquake in Nepal, have been selected for renovations. The proposal made by Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, the Minister of Buddha Sasana, to send a group which is comprised of respective officers and technical craftsmen to Nepal to plan the above task, and to assign the construction work to the Sri Lanka Army and to allocate an additional provision of Rs. 345 million to the Ministry of Buddhasasana in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 22-07-2015
01. Obtaining a portion of Government owned Gm/Katan/Kahadiyawala Watta land For the Department of immigration and Emigration
There is a significant increase in the arrival of foreigners to Sri Lanka recently and there is a tendency in recent times that many foreigners stay within the country even after the expiration of their period of stay and since the Department of immigration and Emigration has networked border control. It helps the Department of immigration and Emigration to identify within a short period of time the foreigners who are staying after expiration of their visas.
Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 15-07-2015
01. Establishment of a general procedure to award "Prashansaneeya Seva Padakkama"
The proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to establish a general procedure to award the "Prashansaneeya Seva Padakkama" to officers and other ranks in the tri forces as a gratitude towards the long, admirable, preferential and invaluable service, according to the recommendations made by board consisted of senior officials of three forces, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 24th June, 2015
01. Establishment of an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service
The health safety received within the first 30 minutes is very important in order to save the life of persons who meet with accidents, a disaster or an emergency, to prevent sustaining further injuries, and to provide expeditious cure. At present such an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service is successfully being carried out in India. By further enhancing the relationship between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian Prime Minister during his recent visit to Sri Lanka agreed to provide such an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to Sri Lanka as well. Accordingly it has been proposed to establish a non profitable Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to improve the quality health service of Sri Lanka covering the rural areas of the country with 297 Ambulances, and 2,000 trained work force under 4 stages. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Minister of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs to implement under the first stage of this programme an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to cover Western and Southern provinces with 88 Ambulances and obtain from the Indian Government a grant of 8 Million U.S.Dollars required as expenditure for this purpose.
01. Recommendation of the Fiscal Commission Council for the Financial Year 2015
The Fiscal Commission Council is entrusted with the responsibility of recommending to the President the policies to be adopted in distributing to the provinces funds allocated by the government for fulfilling the needs of provinces. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena to implement the recommendation that had been made by the Fiscal Commission Council for the year 2015 by informing that the said recommendations will be implemented and to present the said regulations to the parliament for approval.
Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 10th June, 2015
01. Sri Lanka’s National Flower
Taking into consideration the proposals and suggestions made by the general public and based on recommendations made by a committee of scholars and officials it had been declared in the year 1986 the flower “Manel” as the national flower of Sri Lanka. . Since on certain occasions where the national flower was displayed the right national flower was not displayed.
Taking into consideration the discrepancies that had taken place in the recent times a proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to refer to Sri Lanka’s national flower as “Manel” in the Sinhala language, as “Neelothpalam” in the Tamil language and as “Blue Water Lily” in the English language and to use the right picture and the scientific name of this flower “Nymphaea nouchali Burm.f” at all times when the national flower is referred to, and to provide adequate publicity about the picture and right name of the national flower and to enlighten about this to the relevant public institutions was approved by the Cabinet.
01. Establishment of a National Renal Disease Fund
Already a committee has been appointed to monitor the prevailing renal disease activities to deal with the widely spreading renal disease and under which sub committees have also been appointed. These activities are being coordinated by the renal disease coordinating committee that has been established under the Presidential Secretariat. Local and International organizations that are keen to prevent the spread and cure of this disease have up to now contributed Rs. 7 Million for this purpose. The proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena to establish the National Renal Disease Fund proposed under the 2015 budget under the Presidential Secretariat was approved by the Cabinet.