01. Preparation of Sri Lanka's third national communication report on climate change (Document No – 10)
Sri Lanka ratified United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1993. According to its 12th article member states should provide a communication report consisting of information on climate change and Sri Lanka has presented its second and and 2012. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the project for preparing the third communication report with the grant assistance provided under Global Environment Facility of the United Nations Development Programme, and to submit the same to UNFCCC, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Policy and legal framework for introduction of new counter terrorism law (Document No – 09)
A committee chaired by the Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development to has been appointed to draft a new counter terrorism law instead of the existing Prevention of Terrorism Act, for providing adequate provisions for prevention of terrorism and affirm Sri Lanka's commitment on human rights responsibilities. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers have decided to forward the policy and legal framework drafted by the said committee and presented by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to the Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security for further discussions.
01. Strengthening farmers in dry zone to face climate change (Document No – 10)
Sri Lanka had to experience climate changes such as increase in temperature and changes in rainfall pattern resulting disasters such as droughts and floods impacting mainly on farmers in dry zone who cultivate using rural irrigation water and rain water. Moreover, the Chronic Kidney Disease has severely spread in 81 Divisional Secretary Divisions in 11 Districts in the dry zone. Hence it has been decided to implement a project for facing climate change through combined water management with the view of gaining an amalgamated development in Malwathu Oya, Yan Oya and Mee Oya river basin areas, and to implement integrated water supply projects in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, and Puttalam districts in those river basins, and to strength institutional and organizational structure face disaster situations. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the above project within 07 years from 2017, using the grant of US$ 38.087 to be given by the Green Climate Fund which is established under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Construction of a jetty at Naval dockyard Trincomalee (Document No – 13)
The Trincomalee harbour, which is one of the deepest natural harbours in the world and the second deepest harbour in Asia, could not be developed due to terrorist activities in recent past. The largest camp of Sri Lanka Navy is situated here and its naval dockyard is home for Eastern Command of Navy and for the Naval and Maritime Academy. Construction of a jetty to facilitate anchoring of bigger ships has begun in 1990 but has discontinued due to various reasons. The navy is expecting to achieve 04 larger ships within 2017-2019 for increasing patrols in Sri Lankan coastline. Hence, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, to construct the proposed jetty of 220m long and 20m wide in the Trincomalee dockyard with an access bridge to facilitate the anchoring of larger ships, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Establishing accelerated economic transformation in Sri Lanka – Setting up a central Programme management Unit (Document No – 07)
It is important to establish a separate unit to supervise and take corrective measures on development activities for achieving the objectives of gain an accelerated economic development and to convert the country's economy into a sustainable socio-economic market. 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 the Mackenzie Institute of USA who have experience in setting up such units in rapidly transforming economies such as in Malaysia for setting up a Central Programme Management Unit in Sri Lanka, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Control of import and use of asbestos harmful to the environment in Sri Lanka (Document No – 12)
Asbestos is used for many products including roofing sheets, floor tiles, cement pipes, brake pads of vehicles, papers, and ropes. Since 1987 importation of blue asbestos (Crocidolite) has been prohibited as it was identified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at present all kinds of asbestos including white asbestos (Chrysotile) have been identified as carcinogens. About 80% of asbestos imported to Sri Lanka are used for roofing sheet production. Accordingly, the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to control the use and import of asbestos from 01-01-2018 by adopting more beneficial substitutes and to prepare a operational programme to prohibit the asbestos related productions by 01-01-2024 with the view of improving the health of public, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Obtaining the membership in International Sustainable Tourism and Eliminating Poverty Organization (ST-EP) (Document No – 06)
ST-EP is proposed to be established under the patronage of United Nations World Tourism Organization with the view of facilitating knowledge management and project development for economic improvement through tourism promotion, implementation of researches and projects for achieving sustainable tourism development through elimination of poverty and contributing in protecting the environment and culture through public-private partnership. The proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, to obtain the membership in the said organization, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Strengthening the Secretariat for coordinating the reconciliation mechanism (Document No – 07)
The above secretariat was established in late 2015 according to a decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers to productively implement decisions, programmes and processes related to reconciliation process. It is vested with the task of planning and implementing the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka. It also coordinates and facilitates policy making and implementing agencies. Accordingly, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide necessary human resources and funds for this secretariat, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Granting state lands for landless war heroes (Document No – 08)
The government has implemented various welfare programmes for caring of war heroes who have sacrificed their lives, being disappeared and become disabled in tri forces, the police department and the Civil Security Department during their active service on behalf of the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. Accordingly granting of state lands to them under the State Lands Ordinance is being implemented and the proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Defense, to proceed with the project with introducing amendments to resolve its prevailing shortcomings, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Relief to police officers who have faced difficulties due to political reasons (Document No – 08)
The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to provide reliefs to police officers who are not being undergone any disciplinary action among 129 officers recommended by the Committee of Officials appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers to consider appeals which have been submitted by police officers who have confronted political revenge, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers. It has been decided to implement the said recommendations not to affect the seniority of officers in police service.