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Cabinet Decisions

Bio Safety Bill

It is a timely need to take steps to minimise the damages caused to bio-diversity by releasing organisms created by gene technology to the environment.

Sri Lanka is a member of the Cartagena Protocol on Bio–safety. Legal provisions should be introduced to minimise the risk caused by use, promotion, sale, use in commercial activities, transport, import, export, re-export, transfer, disposal and release of such organisms. The proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Mahaweli Development and Environment Minister, to draft a new act in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet.


Bridge constructions in rural areas

It has been planned to construct 3,500 -4,000 bridges in rural areas. Two projects in this regard have been implemented with the financial support of the United Kingdom and Netherlands.

The governments of Hungary and Belgium have agreed to extend their support in this regard. The proposal by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the National Policies and Economic Affairs Minister, to authorise the Provincial Councils and Local government Ministry to call for proposals to implement two projects for the construction of bridges in rural areas, was approved by the Cabinet.


Declaration of Ritigala Yan Oya National Park and Horowpathana National Park

The proposal by Sustainable Development and Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, to declare the Ritigala Yan Oya National Park and Horowpathana National Park, was approved by the Cabinet.

(i) The Ritigala Yan Oya National Park with 427.8 hectares. The Ritigala Elephant Transit Home (ETH) is the second ETH within this park.

(ii) The Horowpathana National Park, the borders of which were amended.


The 10th International Civil Aviation Negotiation Conference

The 10th International Civil Aviation Negotiation Conference of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), will be held in Sri Lanka from December 4 to 8. The proposal by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to sign an agreement between GOSL and ICAO on hosting the event, was approved by the Cabinet.


Sign Language Bill

The hearing impaired population of Sri Lanka is reported as 389,677. The proposal by Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S.B. Dissanayake, to draft the Bill to recognise the sign language for the benefit of the hearing impaired community, was approved by the Cabinet.


Land for District Labour Offices in Ratnapura and Badulla

Labour offices, District Labour offices and District Factory Inspection Engineer’s offices in Ratnapura and Badulla districts are maintained in rented-out buildings.

The proposal by Labour Trade Union Relations and Sabaragamuwa Development Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne, to obtain a land for the construction of the office complexes, was approved by the Cabinet.


Feasibility study for “Visal Vavuniya” water supply project

The information presented by the City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauf Hakeem, on the MoU signed between the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and M/S China National Complete Plant Import Export Corporation Limited on the feasibility study for “Visal Vavuniya” water supply project, was approved by the Cabinet.


rechargeable batteries to utilise in Sri Lanka graphite

The proposal by Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to implement a research project through the National Institute of Fundamental Studies, on improvement to Sri Lanka graphite to utilise in rechargeable batteries to gain more profit by value addition, was approved by the Cabinet.


Construction of foot bridges for transportation of rural communities

The National Engineering Research and Development Centre has invented a foot bridge to be used in crossing over dangerous places across rivers and streams. About 1,500 such places with temporary foot bridge and 500 places without any cautions have been identified in Sri Lanka.

The proposal by Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to construct 1,000 footbridges within next three years in those places, was approved by the Cabinet.


Social Innovation Lab

The proposal by Science, Technology and Research Minister Susil Premajayantha, to establish the Social Innovation Lab as a pilot project in the Science, Technology and Research Ministry, for checking the success of public policies before their implementation, was approved by the Cabinet.


Accommodation for students of Sri Lanka-German Training Institute, Kilinochchi

Accommodation facilities for students of the Sri Lanka German Training Institute, Kilinochchi, was established in 2016. About 57 percent of its students are from outside Kilinochchi. Only 144 students can be provided accommodation in the institute. About 400 more students will be enrolled this year.

The proposal by Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Chandima Weerakkody, to construct a new hostel to provide accommodation for 400 more students, was approved by the Cabinet.


Construction of new auditorium in Galle City

Many public functions in Galle are held in “Hall de Galle”. It is insufficient for such functions.

The proposal by Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana, to construct a new auditorium with a seating capacity of 2,000 close to the Southern Expressway entrance, was approved by the Cabinet.


Urban solid waste disposal facilities in Aruwakkalu – Puttalam

Solid waste disposal has become an issue after the incident in Meethotamulla. The proposal by Megapolice and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, to establish the waste disposal facilities and to commence waste disposal by 2020, was approved by the Cabinet.


Implementation of an aquaculture project in cages in the sea

The proposal by Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, to provide a land of 150 hectares on lease basis at Koddiyar area in the Trincomalee District, owned by the Ports Authority, to Global Ceylon Sea Food (pvt) Ltd, for 30 years, to implement an aquaculture project in cages in the sea, was approved by the Cabinet.


Accelerated programme for providing seed paddy for Maha Season 2017/2018

The proposal by Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake, to purchase and distribute 560,000 bushels of seed paddy as a measure to face the expected seed paddy shortage in the next season, was approved by the Cabinet. Approval was also given to charge only 50 percent of the value from farmers who were affected by the recent droughts.


Strengthening mechanism to implement Convention on the Rights of the Child

Steering committees on strengthening the mechanism of implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in National, District and Regional levels have been established in 2000.

The proposal by Women and Child Affairs Minister Chandrani Bandara to expand the role and structure of the committees, was approved by the Cabinet.


Providing a bursary to monk students in Pirivena institutions

According to a proposal by budget 2017, the proposal by Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, to provide a ‘learning promotion grant’ to each privena institution for covering education related expenses of monk students, was approved by the Cabinet.


MoU between Sri Lanka and Lebanon on Labour force

The proposal by Justice and Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala to sign the MoU between Sri Lanka and Lebanon on Labour forceto improve safety and welfare of emigrant workers in Lebanon, was approved by the Cabinet.


Air traffic control simulator for Civil Aviation Training Centre

The proposal by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, to award the contract of the supply, installation and implementation of an air traffic control simulator for Civil Aviation Training Centre as decided by the procurement’s Appeal Board, and recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee, to M/S, Adacel Technologies Limited, was approved by the Cabinet.


New academic buildings in Colombo and Ruhuna universities

The proposal by Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman Kiriella to award contracts of UoC - to Sunken Construction Pvt Ltd for Rs. 516.54 million and UoR - to M.D.T. Construction for Rs. 198.02 million as recommended by SCAPC, was approved by the Cabinet.


Kegalle, Chilaw hospitals to get more facilities

Proposals byHealth, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne, were approved by the Cabinet.

(i). Construction of Accident and Emergency Treatment Unit in Kegalle Base Hospital. Contact was awarded to M/S. Link Engineering (Pvt) Ltd for Rs. 320.01 million.

(ii). Construction of Accident and Emergency Treatment Unit in Chilaw General Hospital. Contract was awarded to M/S AMSK Constructions (Pvt) Ltd for Rs. 501.02 million.

- Establishment of Public – Private Partnership Enterprises for uplifting the pharmaceutical productions industry in Sri Lanka. The Cabinet has decided to implement 31 proposals by investors.

- Supply and installation of a whole body MRI Scanner for Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital. Contract was awarded to M/S. Pimo (Pvt) Ltd for Rs. 45 million.


Housing units at Torrington Road

Proposals by Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka were approved by the Cabinet.

I. Constructions of 115 housing units at Torrington Road, Colombo 7 under the Urban Regeneration Project

The contract was awarded to Subhasinghe Constructors and Earth Movers for Rs. 395 million

II. Housing project for middle class professionals at Kulasevana Watta, Kottawa.

The contract was awarded to Sathuta Builders Private Limited for Rs. 3,699 million


Liquid Petroleum Gas for Litro Gas Lanka LTD

The proposal by Public Enterprises Development Minister Kabir Hashim to purchase 300,000 MT of LP Gas from M/S Shell International Eastern Trading Company in 2017-2018, was approved by the Cabinet.


Increase cash flow of contractors of construction projects

Some contractors have faced difficulties in spending money on some projects due to various reasons. It has affected negatively in completing the projects.

The proposal by Housing and Construction Minister Sajith Premadasa to introduce a mechanism to ease their cash how, was approved by the Cabinet.


Building complex for National Social Development Institution

The proposal by Social Empowerment, Welfare and Kandyan Heritage Minister S.B. Dissanayake, to award the construction of a building complex for National Social Development Institution to the Sri Lanka State Engineering Corporation, at a cost of Rs. 818.63 million as recommended by SCAPC, was approved by the Cabinet.


Five storeyed building in Colombo Nursing School

The proposal by Health Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senarathne to award the construction of a five storeyed building in Colombo Nursing Schoolto state Engineering Corporation for the immediate implementation of the project to enable training of 600 nurses per year, was approved by the Cabinet.


Supply and distribution of 33672 new tyre sets for SLTB

The proposal by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to award the supply and distribution of 33672 new tyre sets for SLTB to M/S CEAT Kelani International tyres (PVT) LTD for LKR 1,115 million, as recommended by SCAPC, was approved by the Cabinet.


Mixed development project in Charmers Granaries, Colombo Fort

The proposal by Megapolis Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to select an investor to develop the proposed mixed development project in Charmers Granaries, Colombo Fort under the Multimodal transport Hub Project, was approved by the Cabinet.


Local Office of International Fund for Agricultural Development

The proposal by Foreign Affairs Minister Thilak Marapana to sign an agreement between the government of Sri Lanka and IFAD on the Establishment of a Local Office of International Fund for Agricultural Development, was approved by the Cabinet.


Traditional Technological Heritage Museum and Information Centre in Polonnaruwa

The joint proposal by President Maithripala Sirisena and Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S.B. Navinna, to establish the Traditional Technological Heritage Museum and Information Centre in Polonnaruwa, that includes information on traditional technology since prehistoric era and governance, was approved by the Cabinet. 


 

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