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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2014-10-30

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01. Kurunegala Town Beautification Project

Kurunegala Town is being developed as the Main Urban Centre in the North Western Province. The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has already undertaken the beautification of the surrounding areas of’ the Kurunegala lake as one of the priority projects with a view to enhancing the aesthetic landscape of the town while providing recreational and leisure facilities for the public. The proposal made by I-I.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to proceed with the related activities of the project at a total cost of Rs. 217.00 Million, was approved by the Cabinet.


02. Re-Development of Public Fair at Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura town is the main commercial and administrative town in the North Central Province. The Urban Development Authority (UDA) has prepared the Anuradhapura Town Development Plan and under this plan it is proposed to develop the Anuradhapura Public Fair in an extent of 1.19 Ha of land, which is owned by the Anuradhapura Municipal Council. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to proceed with the project was approved by the Cabinet.



03. “Nirogiee Lanka” National Health Programme 2014

Cabinet observed that Rs. 157 Billion has been allocated by the Government to provide free health services to the public. The proposal made by Hon. Maithrlpala Sirisena, Minister of Health, to declare the period from 2014-12-01 to 2014-12-07 as the week for the “Nirogiee Lanka” National Health Programme 2014, and to conduct the programmes drawn up for the purpose, in association with the relevant Ministries, Government Institutions and Provincial Councils, was approved by the Cabinet.



04. Purchase of a Land for Expansion of Development Activities of the. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

The Wayamba University consists of four Faculties and 16 departments of study. It is intended to gradually increase the intake of students for the Faculty of Business Studies and Finance as well as for the Faculty of Applied Science and it is planned to admit 100 students in 2016 under the recently introduced Technological subject stream under a separate Department of study. The proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to purchase the block of land situated at Kuliyapitiya, adjoining the University, for future development activities needed to the University, was approved by the Cabinet.



05. Ratification of the “SAARC Agreement on Rapid Response to Natural Disasters”

Cabinet approval has already been granted to sign the above Agreement. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management, to ratify the above Agreement at the next SAARC Summit in November 2014, was approved by the Cabinet.



06. Strategic Cities Development Project - Consultancy Services for Design and Supervision of Augmentation and Rehabilitation of Kandy Municipal Water Supply Scheme

one of the key development initiatives that has been identified in the Kandy City is the augmentation and rehabilitation of the Kandy Municipal Water Supply Scheme. The proposal made by H.E. the President in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to award the consultancy services contract for design and construction supervision of the above, to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board, was approved by the Cabinet.



07. Southern Road Connectivity Project - Expressway Connectivity Improvement Plan - Award of Contract for providing Consulting Services for Screening, Feasibility Study and Detailed Engineering Design of National Highways Linking the Expressway Network

The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Consultancy Procurement Committee (CACPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



08. Supply, Installation and Commissioning of 4 Nos. Ship to Shore Container Handling Cranes (STC) and 12 Nos. of Rubber Tyred Gantry Cranes (RTG)

The East Container Terminal (ECT) is the only terminal out of the three terminals planned under the Colombo Port Expansion Project, expected to be operated by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in early 2015. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, to proceed with the related activities to facilitate the preliminary operation of the ECT, was approved by the Cabinet.



09. Programme funded by the Local Banks for the rehabilitation of Highways through Domestic Contractors - the list of roads to be rehabilitated under Stage - 3

the Road Development Authority (TWA) has identified the roads to be taken up for rehabilitation under Stage - 3 of the programme, having a total length of 612.65 km. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, to proceed with the related activities as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



10. Northern Expressway Project - contract Package 07 - Construction of Sections from Pothuhera to Rambukkana (14.0 1cm) on the link Expressway and 35 km on Package 04 including Interchanges at Pothuhera and Rambukkana

the Government has given high priority for the construction of the portion of the Northern Expressway from Enderamulla to Galewela and the portion of the Link Expressway from Pothuhera to Galagedara. The proposal made by H.E, the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, to award the Contract Package 07 referred to above as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



11. Implementation of Priority Water Supply Projects with funding secured from Local Banks - Award of Contract for the Kandeketiya Water Supply Project

the Kandeketiya Water Supply Project covers 10 Grama Niladhari Divisions in the Kandeketiya Divisional Secretariat Division and the estimated number of connections of the project area is about 4000. The proposal made by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) was approved by the Cabinet.



12. Award of Contract for the Wilgamuwa Water Supply Project with funding secured from Local Banks

the proposal made by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, to award the above tender as recommended ‘by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



13. Awarding 02 hostels for the Sri Lanka Institute of Higher Technology under the Project for Constructing 60 Hostels for University Students

the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayaka. Minister of Higher Education, to award 02 hostels under the above project to the Higher Technology Institutes at Mattakkuliya and Dehiwala, was approved by the Cabinet.



14. Establishment of the Model National Secondary School of the Sabaragamuwa Province in Ratnapura Town

it has been proposed to establish a new National School within the Sabaragamuwa Province in a block of land close to the Ratnapura Town. The construction work is to be commenced in the third quarter of the year 2014 and completed within three years. The school will consist of ten parallel classes from Grade 6 to Grade 13. The proposal made by Hon. l3anclula Gunawardena, Minister of Education, to proceed with the related activities, was approved by the Cabinet.



15. Establishment of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

it has been observed that new technology has to be incorporated for the sustainable management of the fisheries industry of this country and the implementation of the global concept of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) has become mandatory. The scope of the proposed VMS Project is to supply 3000 VMS transceivers to the Fishing Boats and equipment for the Fisheries Monitoring Centre to monitor the position of the Fishing Boats via Satellite and provide maintenance and support of the equipment, elements and software for a period of ten (10) years. The proposal made by Hon. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development, to proceed with the related activities for the establishment of the Vessel Monitoring System as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



16. Implementation of Towns East of Colombo District Water Supply Project - Package Ill with Funding Secured from Local Banks

Cabinet approval has already been granted for the implementation of the above project pertaining to Homagama, Padukka and Seethawaka Divisional Secretariat Areas. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his
capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, for the National Water Supply and Drainage Board to enter into a loan agreement for the purpose with the relevant domestic bank, was approved by the Cabinet.



17. Rs. 240 million (Japanese Yen 200 million) Grant for Provision of Japanese SME’s Products under Japanese Non Project Grant Aid

the Government of Japan has agreed to provide grant assistance under non-project grant aid amounting to Japanese Yen 200 million (approximately Rs.240 Million) in the fiscal year 2014/2015 for provision of Japanese SME’s products to uplift the health standards and sanitary conditions of the Sri Lankan citizens. Equipment to be procured under this scheme for the Ministry of Health will be distributed to the National Hospital, Teaching Hospitals, Province Hospitals, District Hospitals, Base Hospitals, and Primary Medical Care Units under the Ministry and the equipment to be procured for the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage will be distributed to rural institutes under the Ministry, to develop ground water resources in drought affected areas. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to sign the Exchange of Notes for the purpose with the Government of Japan, was approved by the Cabinet.



18. Ruwanpura Expressway Project - award of contract for providing Consultancy Services for carrying out feasibility studies, environmental impact assessment etc.

the proposed Ruwanpura Expressway commences from the Kahatuduwa Interchange of the Southern Expressway and ends at Pelmadulla (on the third kilometer of Pelrnadulla - Embilipitiya - Nonagama Road) and the total length of this Expressway is around 71 km. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping to award the above contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Consultancy Procurement Committee (CACPC), was approved by the Cabinet.



19. Implementation of Integrated Road Investment Program - Tranche 2

the Government has planned to implement an investment programme to ensure rural road connectivity with rural hubs and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to provide US $800 mn. in 6 tranches for the purpose and the Government investment for the total programme will be US $106 mn. This programme will connect rural hub Grarna Niladhari Divisions to the adjacent socio-economic centres in the Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North Central and North Western Provinces and Kalutara District of the Western Province through 5 projects. The projects cover 2548 km. of rural access road including local authority and provincial roads and 118 km of national roads. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to proceed with the activities relating to loan arrangements, was approved by the Cabinet.



20. Projects of ‘Construction of Four Grid Substations and Related Transmission Line’ and ‘Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Program’

it has been observed that power sector capacity has to be enhanced to cater to demand of the emerging economic activities. Accordingly, the Ceylon Electricity Board intends to
implement the following 2 projects:



* Project of ‘Construction of Four Grid Substations and Related Transmission Line’ - it is expected to add 4 new sub-stations under thIs project in the central region at Nawalapitiya, Ragala, Wewalwatte and Maliboda at an estimated cost of Euro 38 mn. These 4 substations will add 220 MW of additional capacity to the National grid; and


* Project of ‘Green Power Development and Energy Efficiency Improvement Investment Program’ - this programme will be implemented by the Government with financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and an Agency from France. A loan of Euro 22 mn. is to be provided to construct and rehabilitate 3 sub-stations at Kesbawa, Kalutara and Old Anuradhapura. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to proceed with the activities relating to loan arrangements, was approved by the Cabinet.



21. Technical Assistance of Euro 06 million from the Government of Federal Republic of Germany

Cabinet approval has already been granted to obtain grant assistance of Euro 04 mn. and Euro 5.5 mn. under the development assistance of the Government of Federal Republic of Germany for the completion of 2 development projects namely, Establishment of a Vocational Training Centre in the Northern Province and SME Sector Development Project in Sri Lanka. The German Government has agreed to provide further technical assistance of Euro 06 mn. for the completion of the present activities and for financing of additional activities of these prqjects. The proposal made by HE. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to sign the Exchange of Notes for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.
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[Cabinet Decisions - (21-11-2014)]

Transfer of one acre of land belonging to Sri Lanka Ports Authority at Lotus Road to the Police Department

The Urban Development Authority has identified the land area belonging to Sri Lanka Ports Authority at Lotus Road as the suitable area for the relocation of the Fort Police Station. The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister, to allocate one acre of identified land belonging to Sri Lanka Ports Authority at Lotus Road to the Police Department for the construction of the Port Police Station, was approved by the Cabinet.

Bilateral Agreement between Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates

The Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters provides for improving the effectiveness of law enforcement of both parties in the investigation, prosecution and prevention of crime and confiscation of criminal proceeds. The proposal by Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem to submit the agreement to Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet.

Amendment to Sri Lanka Buddhist and Pali University Act, No.37 of 1995

The proposal by Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation to amend the Act to meet the present day needs of the country, was approved by the Cabinet.

Establishing Offices and Official Quarters for the Forest Conservation Department in the Northern and Eastern Provinces

The extent of the forest land located in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the overall forest cover in Sri Lanka is 41 percent and due to the conflict situation which prevailed in the past, field activities of the Forest Conservation Department in these Provinces had remained totally defunct. The proposal by Environment and Renewable Energy Minister Susil Premjayantha to proceed with the activities relating to the construction of four District Forest Offices in these two Provinces, was approved by the Cabinet.

Implementation of the MoU signed in respect of Youth Development between National Youth Services Council and Beijing Foreign Studies University in China

The proposal by Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma to implement activities relating to the MoU which has been signed between the two countries which mainly cover the following, was approved by the Cabinet; providing education on Chinese Language to the Sri Lankan students; and providing education on Sinhala Language to the students of China and establishing a Tamil Language Academic Division in the Beijing Foreign Studies University in China.

Visit of the President to New York, USA for the UN Climate Summit and the 60 Session of the United Nations General Assembly September 2014

The President, led the Sri Lanka delegation to the UN Climate Summit 2014 and the High-Level Segment of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly which were held in New York from September 22 to 27. The aim of the Summit which was attended by a number of world leaders including 100 Heads of State and Government and over 800 leaders from business, finance and civil society, was to raise political momentum for a meaningful universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015 and to galvanise transformative action in all countries to reduce emissions and built resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Addressing the Climate Summit, the President elaborated on the steps taken by the government to address climate change and emphasised that although Sri Lanka was able to triple its per capita income within the last eight years, its per capita carbon emission is still less than one metric ton.

The President had several discussions with the participants of other countries, during these meetings, and highlighted the continuing progress made by Sri Lanka in addressing post conflict issues, emerging opportunities for trade and investment in the present economic resurgence, Sri Lanka's continuous engagement with the UN system and matters relating to Human Rights Council. External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris who accompanied the President and provided the above information to the Cabinet, also has had fruitful discussions with the Foreign Ministers of other countries who participated at these meetings.

Bilateral Air Services Consultations between Sri Lanka and Poland

The proposal made by Civil Aviation Minister Piyankara Jayaratne to sign the air services agreement by an accredited representative of Sri Lanka and thereafter to take appropriate measures for its entry into force, was approved by the Cabinet.

MoU on Cooperation between Ministry of Culture and the Arts and the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People's Republic of China

The proposal by Culture and the Arts Minister T.B. Ekanayake for signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the enrichment and enhancement of the cultural cooperation between Sri Lanka and China, was approved by the Cabinet.

Amendments to Police Ordinance No.16 of 1865

The Sri Lanka Police Force had been established in keeping with the provisions of the Police Ordinance No. 16 of 1865. The population of Sri Lanka at that time had been 2.5 million. The population of Sri Lanka now is nearly 21 million and the strength of the Police Force is nearly 84,000. It has been found necessary to amend the Police Ordinance in keeping with the present day needs of the country. The proposal made by the President in his capacity as the Law and Order Minister, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.

Construction of buildings for Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre

The proposal by Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera to construct buildings for the establishment of a separate centre for the rehabilitation of drug addicts to be useful citizens through counseling, religious and aesthetic activities, educational activities, vocational training and sports, and to entrust the project to the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB), was approved by the Cabinet.

Project for construction of a new bridge over Kelani River procurement of consulting services

The government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of JP Y35,020 mn, from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the cost of the project. The objective of the project is to improve the traffic situation around the existing new Kelani Bridge. The project includes the construction of another new bridge over the Kelani River, Port Access Road and Interchanges at Orugodawatte, Ingurukade and Kelanitissa Junctions including improvements to roads at Orugodawatte and Kelanitissa The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister to award the contract for providing consultancy services for the project as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Consultants Procurement Committee, was approved by the Cabinet.

Establishment of a South Asian Centre for Judicial Capacity Building in Environmental Rule of Law

The Chief Justices and Senior Judges of South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) have accepted the offer made by the President at the inaugural session of the South Asian Chief Justices Roundtable on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Green Development, held in Colombo from August 7 to 9, 2014 to provide start-up funds and institutional support for the creation of a small but efficient unit within the office of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka to initiate and coordinate appropriate activities for strengthening judicial capacity in the South Asian countries in the area of environmental rule of law and sustainable green development.The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have both indicated their support for this initiative.

This program will make Sri Lanka the Centre of Excellence in the Judicial Capacity Building in legal matters relating to Environment and Sustainable Development and the Centre will work closely with UNEP, ADS, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the World Bank and other organisations to collectively develop and Implement judicial training programs in the region.

The proposal made by the President to proceed with the activities relating to the establishment of a South Asian Centre for Judicial Capacity Building in Environmental Rule of Law, was approved by the Cabinet.

Southern Expressway Extension Project

Award of contract for providing consultancy services for construction supervision

The Southern Expressway from Kottawa to Godagama is presently in operation and the commercial agreements for the civil works of the extension of the expressway from Godagarna to Mattala with a link from Andarawewa to Hambantota consisting of four separate sections have been signed. The proposal made by the President in his capacity as the Highways, Ports and Shipping Minister to award the contract as recommended by the Cabinet Appointed Consultants Procurement Committee was approved by the Cabinet.

Extension of the Southern Expressway Section 1 (Matara to Beliatta) Project

The Southern Expressway which has a total length of 227 km traverses from Kottawa to Hambantota through Galle and Matara will link major economic centres such as Hambantota Sea Port and Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport in the Southern Province with the Colombo city and the Northern part of the country through the Outer Circular Highway, Cólombo - Katunayake Expressway and the proposed Northern Expressway.

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2014 - 12 – 17
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1. Post Office Security Fund – The proposal made by Hon. Jeewan Kumaranathunga, Minister of Postal Services, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation to amend the Post Office Security Fund Ordinance to meet the present day needs, was approved by the Cabinet.
2. Amendment to 'Employees' Provident Fund Act, No.I5 of 1958 - Introduction of Provisions on Payment of Dividend to Members and Enhancement of Employers' Contribution – the Central Bank of Sri Lanka manages the Employees' Provident Fund which has an asset base of Rs.I trillion and the bank in recent years has invested about 10% of its assets in income earning commercialassets which has gained capital appreciation of around Rs.10 billion this year. It is intended to distribute dividends to members of the Provident Fund who have active accounts of over ten years, and also to increase the employer contribution to the fund by 2% making it 14% by the employer so that each employee will have 22% saving from their salaries, in keeping with the Budget proposals for the year 2015. The proposal made by Hon. Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Labour and Labour Relations, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation to the Employees' Provident Fund Act, No.I5 of 1958 accordingly, was approved by the Cabinet.

3. Awarding the Bachelor of Education Degree to prospective Teachers of National Colleges of Education - there are 19 Colleges of Education functioning at present and the annual intake for training in these colleges is around 3000 students. The proposal made by Hon, Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education, to extend the period of study of the students in a College of Education by one more year, making the total period as four years commencing from the 2014 student intake and grant them the Bachelor of Education Degree after successful completion of the course of study was approved by the Cabinet.

4. Meeriyabedda Landslide - Financial assistance for funeral expenses to the Next-of-Kin of deceased persons and, to meet medical expenses of those who were injured - the proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Arnaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management, to provide relief to the victims of the above disaster as follows, was approved by the Cabinet:

• payment of Rs.100.000/- each on behalf of the 12 persons who had died and 20 persons who had disappeared due to the above disaster, after proper identification of the eligible recipients;

• payment upto a maximum of Rs.50,000/- each to the five persons who were injured, taking into consideration the nature of their injuries and Rs.I0,000/- to be paid as an initial installment; and

• payment of Rs.25,000/- each to the widow / widower or the next-of-kin of the deceased persons as funeral expenses.

5. Reduction of Landslide Risk of Vulnerable Communities - the Government has already allocated necessary financial provision in the 2015 Budget for the construction of 50,000 houses for the community living in estate related areas including the families facing landslide risks. Under this programme, action is being taken jointly by the Urban Development Authority and the Ministry of Livestock and Rural Community Development, on priority basis, through the Plantation Human Development Trust, for the construction of houses for the estates identified as high risk zones by the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), including the estate which was subjected to the recent landslide disaster. The proposal made by Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera, Minister of Disaster Management, to proceed with the activities relating to the identification of areas which are vulnerable to landslide disasters through suitable technical methodologies and taking measures to minimize landslide risks, was approved by the Cabinet.

6. 'Construction of a Five Storied Office Building at the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) Head Office Premises, Ratmalana - the proposal made by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, to construct a Five Storied Office Building at Ratmalana for the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and to proceed with the related activities was approved by the Cabinet.

7. Supply and Installation of 10 Nos. Solar Universal Pumps and Drinking Water Treatment Plants - the proposal made by Hon, Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, for the Supply and Installation of 10 Nos. Solar Universal Pumps and Drinking Water Treatment Plants, with the view to providing safe drinking water to the people living in areas where the chronic kidney disease prevails, was approved by the Cabinet.

8. Construction of a two storied building for Dining Hall and a Multi Purpose Student Centre under the Relocation of the Buddhasravaka Bhikhu University of Sri Lanka - the proposal made by Hon. S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to construct a two storied building to be used as a Dining Hall at a cost of Rs.171.6 million and a Multi Purpose Student Centre at a cost of Rs.76.4 million and to proceed with the related activities, was approved by the Cabinet.

9. Construction of a New Building for Mullaithivu Police Station - the proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Law and Order, to construct a new building for the Mullaithivu Police Station at a cost of Rs.209 million, was approved by the Cabinet.

10. Submission of the Gazette Notification issued under the Import and Export Control Act, No.1 of 1969 to Parliament to meet the Legal Requirement - the proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to submit the Gazette Extraordinary Notification No.1889/15 dated 2014-11-18 relating to rescinding of the Gazette Extraordinary Notification No.1883/16 dated 2014-10-10 on suspension of the importation of potatoes, to Parliament for approval, was approved by the Cabinet.

11. Construction of the Head Office Building for the Excise Department of Sri Lanka - the proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity. as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to award the contract for the construction of the Head Office Building for the Excise Department of Sri Lanka at Rajagiriya, as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.

12. Implementation of 22 Water Supply Projects with funding secured from Local Banks for the Enhancement of Pipe Borne Water Supply Service coverage by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) on Priority Basis - the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage has drawn up an accelerated programme for the implementation of 22 water supply projects with local bank financing, covering all Provinces of the country and it is expected to provide safe drinking water to a population of 150,000 by March 2015. The proposal made by H.E. the President. in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to proceed with the activities relating to the funding arrangements for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.

13. Implementation of Medirigiriya Water Supply Project with Funding Secured from Local Banks with a Treasury Guarantee - the proposal made by H.E. the President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to proceed, with the activities relating to the funding arrangements for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet. This project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

14. Construction of Outer Circular Highway Project Phase III - the Outer Circular Highway with a total length of 29.22 km starts from Kottawa and traverses through Kaduwela, Kadawatha and ends up at Kerawalapitiya. It will radiate from the city of Colombo and link Southern Expressway, Colombo - Katunayake Expressway. Northern Expressway and other major National Highways. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning to proceed with the activities relating to the funding arrangements for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.

15. Hatton – Nuwara Eliya Road Improvement Project - the objectives of this project are the rehabilitation of the road section between Hatton and Nuwara Eliya to improve the accessibility to the people living in the area, eliminate traffic congestion and enhance road safety. The project includes widening and improvement of 35.6 km long Hatton-Nuwara Eliya Road with 2 lane facility. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to proceed with the activities relating to the funding arrangements for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.

16. Implementation of Priority Water Supply Projects with funding secured from Local Banks - Award of contract for Uragasmanhandiya, Gonapinuwala, Dikkumbura and Weligama Water Supply Projects - Cabinet approval has already been granted to the proposal made by Hon, Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC). The proposal made by H.E the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning to proceed with the activities relating to the funding arrangements for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.

17. Major Bridges Construction Project of the National Road Network funded by Japan International Cooperatlon Agency (JICA) - the Government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of JY 12,381 million from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) towards the cost of the Major Bridges Construction Project of the National Road Network. Thirty seven (37) bridges which are narrow or in weak condition on the National Highway Network in the Western, Southern, North Western, Northern and Sabaragamuwa Provinces have been identified for this project. The Contract Package 01 includes 10 bridges. The proposal made by H.E. the President in his capacity as the Minister of Highways, Ports and Shipping, to award the contract for the Contract Package 01 as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) was approved by the Cabinet.

18. Awarding Contract for Remedial works of Victoria Dam - the Government has received a loan from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank towards the cost of Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project. The proposal made by Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to apply a part of the funds for remedial works of the Victoria Dam and to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.

19. Extension of the term of office of the National Delimitation Committee on Demarcation of Wards far Local Authorities - the proposal made by Hon. A.L.M. Athaullah, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils to extend the term of office of the National Delimitation Committee on Demarcation of Wards of Local Authorities from 2014-12-31 to 2015-03-10, was approved by the Cabinet.

20. Clean Energy & Network Efficiency Improvement Project - Package 3 - 220 kv Transmission Infrastructure Project - Lot-A Construction of New Grid Substations at Polpitiya and Padukka and Augmentation of Existing , 220/132/33 kv Grid Substation at Pannipitiya - the proposal made by Hon. (Mrs.) Pavlthra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Power and Energy, to award the above contract as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet .

21. Memorandum of Understanding between the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS), Colombo and the China Institute for Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Beijing - the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies is a multi - disciplinary research forum dedicated to analyzing Sri Lanka's strategic interests in the realm of international relations within the contemporary domestic and global contexts. This institute functions as a forum for the generation of research and analysis, with a view to providing inputs to national policy formulation. The proposal made by Hon, (Prof') G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs to enter into the above Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet.

22. Fertilizer Procurement - Maha Season 2014/15 - supply of fertilizer under the subsidy scheme is handled by the Ceylon Fertilizer Company Limited (CFC) and Colombo Commercial Fertilizer Limited (CCF) which fall under the purview of the Ministry of Agriculture. The proposals made by Hon, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Agriculture to award the contracts for the procurement of fertilizer for the Maha Season 2014/15 as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) at its meeting held on 2014-09-24, was approved by the Cabinet.

23. Proposed Training Centre to be constructed at Kotawilawatta, Matara in parallel to the 'Deyata .Kirula' National Exhibition - the proposal made by Hon. Chandrasiri Gajadeera, Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms, to construct the above training centre to be utilized as the training school for the officers of the Department of Prisons, was approved by the Cabinet.
24. Construction of a Permanent Building and an Access Roadway for the Office of the Public Service Commission - the proposal made by H.E. the President, to award the contract for the construction of a permanent building for the office of the Public Service Commission, as recommended by the Cabinet. Appointed Procurement Committee (CAPC) was approved by the Cabinet.

25. Construction of houses to resettle the affected families due to the Landslide Disaster which occurred at Meeriyabedda, Koslanda on 29.10.2014 - an extent of approximately 02 acres of land in Malvern Division of Ampitikanda Koslanda Estate owned by the Maskeliya Plantation Company has been allocated to construct houses for the 75 families affected due to the Landslide which occurred at Meeriyabedda, Koslanda on 29.10.2014 and the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has recommended that the said land is suitable for the construction of houses. The construction work will be carried out by the Urban Development Authority and the foundation laying ceremony initiating construction work is scheduled to be held on 2014-12-18. The above information was provided to the Cabinet jointly by Hon. Arumugan Thodaman, Minister of Livestock and Rural Community Development and Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries.

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Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 11th February, 2015

01. Establishment of an Office for the Anti Corruption Unit and recruitment of suitable staff

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to establish a Secretariat for investigating into large scale corruption and malpractices that had been reported to have taken place during the previous government and to take legal action against such corruption and malpractices and to make recommendations to prevent such corruption and malpractices taking place in the future. In addition to this approval was also given to establish a Financial Crimes Investigation Division under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police to investigate into large scale financial transactions including illegal money laundering activities. The regulation in this connection will be gazetted by the Inspector General of Police under Clause 55 of the Police Ordinance.
02. War Heroes Commemoration Function

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the President and the Minister of Defense Maithripala Sirisena that the Victory Day parade being held every year on 18th May or near that date since the year 2009 to appreciate the contribution made by the tri forces, the Police and the Civil Defense Force to mark the military defeat of the LTTE terrorist outfit and to commemorate the members of the tri forces, the Police and the Civil Defense Force who were martyred during over 30 years of war period to be held in the Galle Town this year.

03. Appointment of a Committee to investigate into Bribery or Corruption and misuse of power that had taken place in institutions coming under the Ministry of Food Security

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Food Security Gamini Jayawickrema Perera to establish a Secretariat for investigating into large scale corruption and malpractices that had been reported to have taken place during the previous government in Institutions that had been gazetted under the Ministry of Food Security and to take legal action against such corruption and malpractices and to make recommendations to prevent such corruption and malpractices taking place in the future.

Since many voluntary organizations involved in the anti-corruption activities have expressed to provide their voluntary assistance in the investigation on anti-corruption, bribery or malpractices, it was also decided to find out the possibility of obtaining their voluntary professional services for the activities of this Committee.

04. Committee to investigate renovations and removals being carried out in the City of Colombo by the Urban Development

The then Ministry of Defense and Urban Development as a part of a survey carried out in the year 2010 on Metro Rehabilitation Project and other activities of the Colombo City Development, it was started to remove 68,000 families with less- facilities from their original habitats and settle them in various other places. The Ministry of Urban Development and Water Supply and Drainage has received numerous complaints from the affected people in this process and from those who are concerned about these activities. Therefore, The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply and Drainage Rauf Hakeem to appoint a committee comprising the officials of the relevant institutions to investigate into the injustices that have been caused in this resettlement and rehabilitation process, to make suitable recommendations and to expedite payment of compensation to the affected people.

It was also decided that in order to ensure that this committee’s appropriate attention is being made to look into the grievances of the affected parties that the activities of this committee should be monitored by another committee comprising the following three Ministers

1. Minister Ravi Karunanayake
2. State Minister Mrs. Rosy Senanayake
3. Deputy Minister Eran Wickremaratne.

05. Prevention of the further spread of the renal disease and the welfare of people already affected by this disease and of their family members

The Cabinet of Ministers approved to appoint a cabinet sub committee headed by President Maithripala Sirisena and with the participation of the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe in order to expeditiously implement the recommendations made by the professional committee for the prevention of the further spread of the renal disease and the welfare of people already affected by this disease and of their family members and to assist this committee by a panel of senior officials headed by the Secretary to the President. This proposal was made by the Minister of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development P..Harrison.

06. Purchase of spare parts for Engine No. 1 and Engine No. 4, 12,000 Rhr of the Sapugaskanda Power Plant

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Power and Energy Patalie Champika Ranawaka to award the tender for the purchase of these spare parts as per the recommendations of the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee

07. Tender for the supply of 1,200,000 doses of Adsorbed Diptheria Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B, and Haemophilus Influenza Type B, Conjugate Liquid Vaccine BP, USP or EP, IP or WHO IP

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine to reorder the purchase of the aforementioned medicines as per the recommendations of the Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee to maintain sufficient stocks of these medicines.

08. Progress Report of the 100 day Programme by 10.02.2015

The Cabinet of Ministers observed the report submitted by monitoring committee appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers on the implementation of the 100 days programme. The Cabinet of Ministers also observed that many proposals related to concessions to be made in this 100 days programme was implemented in the new budget speech made by the Minister of Finance. Measures have already been taken to formulate drafting of work related to revision of Bills or drafting of new bills. The Cabinet of Ministers took into consideration that instructions have been given to each and every Ministry to identify programmes that need to be implemented during the stipulated period.

09. Waive the requirement of obtaining of Visas for Sri Lanka and India by Diplomatic Passport Holders and Official Travel Documents

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Minister of Public Security, Disaster Management and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga to sign an agreement with India to waive the requirement of obtaining of Visas for Sri Lanka and India by Diplomatic Passport Holders and Official Travel Documents.

10. Memorandum of Understanding between Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Government of the Republic of India on the Establishment of Nalanda University

The proposed above Memorandum of Understanding recognizes the importance of establishment of Nalanda University as well as means to further cultivate ties between students. The proposal made by Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion, to sign the above mentioned proposed Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of India, in view of strengthening the mutual cooperation in the field of higher education in the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet.

11. Obtaining Approval to Sign Memoranda of Understanding in respect of subjects which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion during the President's state visit to India in mid February 2015

The proposal made by Kabir Hashim, Minister of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion, to proceed with activities regarding discussing and making agreements with relevant Indian Agencies regarding the fields under the purview of the Ministry of Highways, Higher Education and Investment Promotion in view of bilateral cooperation between the two countries during the state visit of the President in mid February 2015, and to sign the Memoranda of Understanding relevant to the said fields during the state visit of Prime Minister of India, scheduled for March 2015, was approved by the Cabinet.

12. Signing the Work Plan for 2014 and 2015 under Memorandum of Understanding between Sri Lanka and India on Cooperation in the field of agriculture

As has been agreed by both countries on this Memorandum of Understanding a two year work plan should be signed and implemented to promote mutual cooperation in agriculture. Accordingly, the proposal made by Ms. Anoma Gamage, Acting Minister of Irrigation and Agriculture, to sign the said work plan during the proposed state visit to India by the President, was approved by the Cabinet.

13. Approval to seek Grant Funding Assistance of the Government of India for the Construction of Houses to improve the living conditions of the plantation workers

The proposal made by Palani Digambaram, Minister of Plantation Infrastructure Development, to submit a project proposal to the Government of India during the state visit of the President seeking a grant assistance of around US$ 260 million for construction of 20,000 individual houses for estate workers in the plantation sector covering the districts such as Nuwara Eliya including Hatton, Badulla, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy, Matale and Galle, and for re-roofing and improvement of 30,000 existing Line Rooms to provide better living conditions, as an interim measure, for those workers for whom the required new individual housing cannot be provided in the first instance, was approved by the Cabinet.
14. Purchase of Paddy, utilizing government funds during the Maha Season of 2014/15 by the Paddy Marketing Board
As per the joint proposal made by Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Food Security and Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, provision of required allocations to the Ministry of Food Security from the General Treasury, to purchase 200,000 MT of paddy from registered Farmer Organizations through District Secretaries, was approved by the Cabinet.

15. Proposed Agreement for Mutual Cooperation on Custom related Affairs between the Republic of India and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

The proposed agreement intends to strengthen, promote and improve the mutual cooperation as well as to strengthen mutual understanding and communication between the two countries. Accordingly, it is expected to exchange intelligent information in broadened trade facilities and custom related affairs. The proposal made by Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Finance, to sign this proposed agreement during the upcoming state visit of the President to India, was approved by the Cabinet.

16. Release of Lands and properties coming under High Security Zones

A large extent of land from the 11,639 acres which were under the control of the security forces during the war period has been already released and 6,152 acres in the Palay area is being maintained by the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Air Force as High Security Zones. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the President and the Minister of Defense to release another 1,000 acres from this land area in different stages and as a first step of this measure to release 220 acres in J 284 Valalai Grama Niladhari Division of the Valikamam East Divisional Secretariat Division to establish a Pilot Village for resettlement of 1,022 families displaced by the War. Under this project each family will get 20 perches of land, financial assistance to construct a house. It is also proposed to establish a school, a pre school, a hospital, religious places of worship, community centres and build other infrastructure activities. The remaining 780 acres of land will also be used in the future to resettle the people displaced by the War.

Meanwhile, it was also decided to release the lands under the control of the Air Force in the Panama area in the Eastern Province to landless people in the area except the land in an extent of 25 acres in which buildings are now being constructed. It was further decided to release the buildings presently under the control of the Security Services in the High Security Zone near the President’s House in Colombo and buildings around the Temple Trees

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