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.