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Cabinet Decisions

01. ‘e-Grama Niladhari' Project

The ‘e-Grama Niladhari' project is implemented to collect and store day-to-day information required for the duties related to the services rendered and for studying purposes regarding services rendered by Grama Niladharis. Based on the results of a pilot project implemented in 162 Grama Niladhari divisions in four Divisional Secretariat Division in 2016 and 2017, approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has been granted earlier to implement the same project in 7000 Grama Niladhari divisions under phase II. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval to the resolution tabled by the President as the Defence Minister for implementing the said project by the State Ministry of Internal Affairs with the consultancy of Sri Lanka Information and Communication Technological Agency (ICTA).

02. Implementation of flood minimising projects during 2021

The Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation has recognized the flood minimising projects to be implemented during 2021 for minimising floods occurring within Colombo and its suburbs as well as out of Colombo and ensuring environmentally sustainable urbanization. The Cabinet of Minister granted their approval to the proposal furnished by the Prime Minister as Urban Development and Housing Minister for the implementation of the said projects utilising Rs. 2,800 million allocated to the Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation for 2021.

03. Implementation of a research project on the utilization of chemical fertilizer consisting of Nitrogen.

Considering the environmental impact and destruction due to non-management of chemical fertilizer (especially Nitrogen) correctly within the Asian region, the International Nitrogen Management Systems-INMS) jointed with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has planned to implement a multi- purpose research proposal based in the South -Asian region in regard to use of fertilizer with Nitrogen in various cultivation fields. It has been planned to perform the collection of data in relation to Nitrogen damage and release of greenhouse gases in the cultivation fields selected by the proposed research study (Vegetables – Nuwara Eliya and Kalpitiya) (Rice – Anuradhapura), making aware the farmers in regard to that, identification of atmospheric pollution based on the minimum diversity of vegetation in the highland forests and making aware of the farmer community and the stakeholders for creation of a better Nitrogen Management systems with the intention of reducing the Nitrogen damage within the project period of 05 years under this project. Accordingly, the proposal furnished by the Minister of Education to enter into a partnership agreement among the University of Peradeniya and the United Kingdom Research and Innovation-UKRI) Institute, Global Challenges Research Fund and the South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH) for the implementation of this project is approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

04. Partnership agreement between the Peradeniya University and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.

Countries have taken numerous strategic precautions to control and minimise the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and its damage. However, a research project has been planned to be implemented in regard to the impact to women, children and minimum beneficiary social groups due to some of the strategies followed by certain countries. Accordingly, the proposal furnished by the Minister of Education to enter into a partnership agreement between the University of Peradeniya and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for the implementation of the said project in Sri Lanka and Malaysia as the basis is approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

05. MOU between the Ruhuna University's Agriculture Faculty and the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, of the Okayama University of Japan.

It was proposed to enter into a memorandum of understanding between the Ruhuna University's Agriculture Faculty and the Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, of the University of Okayama of Japan to enhance higher educational cooperation and international relations. It has been planned to launch student exchange programmes, faculties and staff exchange programmes and conduct corporate researches as well as exchange experimented information. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the resolution furnished by the Minister of Education for entering into the said educational accord initially for five years.

06. Obtaining service facilities from Sri Lanka Telecom for the Motor Traffic Department.

A large number of commuters gather at the head office, the office at Werahera, and district level offices in order to obtain services from the Motor Traffic Department. Since both the commuters and the officers of the Department are suppressed by due to the prevailing circumstances, it has been planned to apply solutions by utilizing novel information and communication technology for the activities such as allocating a scheduled time ahead of time to obtain their services, obtaining a number or token for that, guiding to access the relevant divisions for services and notification of relevant information by SMS. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to the proposal submitted by the Transport Minister for the implementation of the said project in conjunction with Sri Lanka Telecom, implementation of the project in Narahenpita, Werahera and five other District Secretariats with online facilities as the first phase and extend the project to 19 other remaining district offices under the second phase.

07. Establishment of Cyclotron-based Radiopharmaceuticals production Centre in Sri Lanka

Fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) is a radioactive drug and is being used for PET and CT Tests that conducted to diagnose cancers A special device called Cycclotron is used to produce this drug and, Sri Lanka has to import this radioactive drug since the required facilities are not available in Sri Lanka. Due to the radioactive decay, about 97% of the capacity of the drug is lost when imported from India. Only 10 patients can be treated from the remaining capacity. Although there is a need to test about 30,000 patients annually, due to this only a capacity of 1,600 patients can be tested. It costs the government around Rs. 54,000 to test one patient using the imported drug. If the drug is manufactured locally, the cost can be reduced to Rs.14,000. Considering this situation, the Government has planned to set up a Deoxy Glucose Drug Manufacturing Center at Kotelawala Defence University Hospital premises in Werahera in collaboration with the Atomic Energy Board of Sri Lanka. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Power to implement the project.

08. Allocation of lands from Regional Industrial Zones to set up industries

The Project Evaluation Committees and Regional Industrial Services Committee of the Ministry of Industries have recommended the allocation of 16 plots of land in 9 industrial to investors for commencing new industries. The 9 industrial estates above are Nalanda (Matale), Bataatha, Karandeniya, Udukawa, Embilipitiya, Kaluthara, Batticaloa and Nawagampura. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Industries to allocate the said lands on a 35 year lease basis subjecting to condition that "it cannot be transferred to other parties” with other relevant conditions.

09. Introducing a method to protect petroleum consumers

At the beginning, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was responsible for all the activities in relation to petroleum industry. However, a number of parties are currently engaged in such activities. The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has been appointed as the regulatory body for the petroleum industry. However, the role of the agency is limited to advising and assisting the Ministry on policies and regulation of the lubricant industry. Under these circumstances, no practical mechanism has been established to protect the rights of petroleum consumers. Therefore, it is proposed to establish an independent, transparent mechanism for receiving and resolving consumer complaints under the supervision of the Ministry of Energy and Sri Lanka Public Utilities Commission. Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Customs, Consumer Services Authority, Sri Lanka Customs, Sri Lanka Police, Sri Lanka Standards and other relevant government agencies will be involved in the implementation of the proposed methodology. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Energy Minister to implement the Declaration of Consumer Rights and Responsibilities and the "Complaint Handling and Dispute Resolution Procedure" and to enter in to a MOU with other relevant Govt. Institutions.

10. The procurement for designing, manufacturing, supplying, Installing, operating and delivering of a single sleeper multiple tie tamping machine for the Railways Department.

International competitive bids are called for manufacturing and delivering a single sleeper multiple tie tamping machine for the Department of Sri Lanka Railway in order to increase the volume of maintains of the Department of Railway and to minimise the maintaining expenses. Accordingly, the proposal tabled by the Minister of Transport to award the relevant procurement to the M/S Matisa Materiel Industrial.S.A.Switzerland at an amount of US$ 4.96 Million, as recommended by the standing committee on procurement appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

11. Awarding the four civil work contract packages to rehabilitate, ameliorate and maintain the Colombo to Kandy (A001) Road (from 44+ KM to 100+000 KM)

Local competitive bids are called to award the four civil work contract packages to rehabilitate, ameliorate and maintain the Colombo – Kandy Road segment 44 KM to 100 KM.As per 47 bids have been submitted by 15 bidders. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by the Minister of Highways to award the relevant contract packages to the substantial responsive bidders as recommended by the standing committee on procurements appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers.

12. Amendments to the Firearms Ordinance, No.33 (Chapter 182) of 1916 amended by the Act, No.22 of 1996.

The Cabinet of Ministers on June 13, 2007 decided to further amend the Firearm Ordinance, No.33 (Chapter 182) of 1916 amended by the Act, No.22 of 1996. However, the Draft Bill was delayed due to the amendments adduced to it intermittently. Therefore, the proposal submitted by the President as Defence Minister to advice the Legal Draftsman to draft the Bill by including all the relevant amendments appropriate to the present requirements.

13. Drafting the National Community Water Supply Development Bill.

Subsequently to the establishment of the Department of National Community Water Supply, the Department regulates and empowers community based organizations managed by the community. However, the department has to face many difficulties due to its lack of legal authority. Taking these facts into consideration, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Water Supply to draft the National Community Water Supply Development Bill in order to be able to carry out the role of the Department of National Community Water Supply in a systematic and effective manner.

14. Amendments to the Code of Civil Procedure

Motor Car accidents have increased dramatically in recent years. In such an accident, a case has to be filed in a civil court to obtain relief. There the victim or his heir should submit the forensic medical report and the other medical reports and they are inevitably marked as "subject to proof" records. It is up to the victim or his heir to ensure that the medical officer appears in court to testify to the contents of those reports. Since such a traffic accident case takes as long as ten or twelve years to complete, if the relevant medical officer is working in a remote area, the government will have to bear the unnecessary burden of summoning him to court and will lose the opportunity to devote his valuable time to professional purposes. Taking these factors into consideration, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by the Justice Minister to advice to the legal draftsman to draft the bill to amend the Code of Civil Procedure that enabling to make provisions to consider the forensic medical report as the post- mortem report and the ex –facie bed head ticket report and the burden of dispelling the medical evidence falls on the defendant whenever the defendant disagrees.