01. Strengthening the coordination between provincial councils and linear ministries
Matters have been discussed on issues confronted during implementing activities of Provincial Councils efficiently and productively at the beginning of the Cabinet Meeting, and has focused on matters regarding recruitment of teachers to schools under Provincial Councils, filling vacancies of posts of Principals and Teachers, difficulties faced in obtaining resources for Provincial Councils, and waste disposal. The need to impalement development projects with the close coordination between Provincial Councils and Linear Ministries was also emphasised.
01. Treaty on extradition between the governments of Sri Lanka and Ukraine (Document No - 08)
The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to enter in to an agreement with the government of Ukraine on extradition of criminals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01.Provide reliefs for the people who are affected by moragahakanda - kaluganga development project
The Moragahakanda – Kaluganga Development Projects which was commenced in 2007 as a Mahaweli Project with the view of providing water for agricultural activities in the North Central Province and providing drinking water for people in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, and Matale Districts, is the largest multipurpose river valley project being currently implemented in the country. Almost 65% of the project has been completed and it is planned to fill water in the reservoir before the rain starts in Maha season 2016. Therefore, 2,512 affected families in Navula and Laggala-Pallegama Divisional Secretary Divisions due to the land acquisition should be evacuated immediately. 984 families have already been granted compensation and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, togrant compensations for the rest 2,228 families in order to evacuate them immediately, so as to complete the project within the due time period, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. IDENTIFICATION OF ELEPHANT MIGRATORY PATHWAYS AND EVACUATION OF INHABITANTS
It has been reported that the elephant-human conflict causes about 250 wild elephant deaths and loss of about 60-70 human lives, annually.It was revealed by researches that wild elephants are unable to remove from their homelands and the current measures taken by the wild life department such as driving away and relocation are failures. Moreover, those wild elephant who fail to return to their native lands seemed more violent in their new habitats.
01. JAPANESE GRANT AID FOR HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME - 2016 (Document No - 09)
The Government of Japan, a key development partner of Sri Lanka, has offered many substantial opportunities for overseas trainings, under technical cooperation programs apart their traditional grant aid programs since recent several decades. The above program was introduced in 2010 for offering the opportunity for Executive Officers in the public sector to follow postgraduate courses in reputed universities in Japan. The selected officers of the third batch of the second framework are scheduled to commence their studies in September 2016. In order to facilitate these officials, the Government of Japan has offered a grant assistance of Japanese Yen 231 million (approximately Rs. 318 million) to Sri Lanka for the year 2016. The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign exchange notes with the Government of Japan and to sign an agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
0 1. ADAPTATION OF MARPOL 73/78 ANNEX VI(Document No - 06)
The air pollution caused by emissions of ships has rapidly been increased. For preventing that pollution, 1997 international organisation is in force from 2005 under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 73/78).
01. CORPORATE LEGAL REFORMS IN CORPORATE BANKRUPTCY LAWS
It has been witnessed that provisions of the Insolvency Ordinance No 24 of 1884 are not sufficient in dealing with issues related to enterprises that have faced difficulties. Moreover, the need of new laws related to bankruptcy has aired for reform of public enterprises. If suitable and productive laws are being implemented to take action in bankruptcy situations, Sri Lanka would gain a higher rank in the Ease of Doing Business Index. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, toamend the Companies Act No. 7 of 2007 for introduction of new laws in institutional bankruptcy that suit present day needs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. PLANNING REVIEW OF TRINCOMALEE METRO AREA AND SURROUNDING CITIES (Document No - 07)
The Trincomalee area has been identified as major zone that could be developed as agricultural and energy hubs under the development program of the present government. It is also potential for establishment of manufacturing and tourist zones. The ability of amalgamating the development of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa and Hingurakgoda cities with the Trincomalee development process will also be concerned in this review. Therefore, to cater for changing needs of the area, a planning review has to be done in order to prepare a concept plan and a detailed master plan in this regard.
Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to obtain the assistance of a well experienced foreign company to conduct a planning review, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
This programme is a five year programme financed conjointly by the Sri Lankan government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the UN. The programme intends to increase the income of landless youth and small farm owners from 20% to 30% through providing a good price for their harvest, improving the productivity of the farm and value addition for products. 06 value addition projects have been initiated with the private sector under this programme and they have benefitted 5,648 rural agricultural producers. It has also benefited 2710 rural entrepreneurs buy offering small loan facilities. The proposal made byH.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, to improve farm productions, provide entrepreneurship training for youths in low income families and to provide them loans of small amounts to further improve the benefits of this programme, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. ALLOCATION OF A LAND IN EXTENT OF 100 ACRES TO ESTABLISH A CATTLE SANCTUARY IN EMBILIPITIYA AREA (Document No - 06)
The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to provide a land in extent of 100 acres allotted out of the land of 200 acres in Kovul Ara village in Sevanagala Divisional Secretary Division in the Monaragala District, reserved for a grassland to establish a Cattle Sanctuary to Sri Bodhiraja Trust, Sri Bodhiraja Dharmayathanaya Embilipitiya which was established under the act no. 30 of 1993 for a long term tenancy of 30 years charging a nominal tax, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.