01.Programme for Management of Hazardous Wastes and Chemicals emitted to the Environment in Sri Lanka
The proposal made by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to combine following 04 projects and implement as a single project under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment within the period of 2016-2020, with the view of managing hazardous chemicals and wastes to minimize their impact on the environment and to appoint a Project Steering Committee comprised of representatives from relevant institutions to operate and supervise project activities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Management and disposal of equipment that contains polychlorinated biphenyl in Sri Lanka in an environmental friendly manner.
Building of the background for ratification of Minamata Convention on Mercury and take necessary action in achieving its objectives.
Project for the action plan for management and minimizing of polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
Environment friendly production and recycling of lead acid batteries in Sri Lanka.
01. Introduction of the ‘Virusara’ privilege card for war heroes
It has been decided to introduce a privilege card called ‘Virusara’ for benefitting war heroes who have died, disappeared and disabled of the Three forces, police and the Civil Security Department and their dependents, who have sacrificed their lives for the sovereignty of Sri Lanka. It will enable them to enjoy special benefits in purchasing consumer goods and services such as health, education, banking, insurance, leasing etc. As its first step the card will be presented to 50,000war heroes. The ceremony to award these privilege cards to 5000 war heroes and dependents will be held on 25-01-2016 at the Temple Trees under the patronage of H.E. the President and with the participation of the Hon. Prime Minister and the Defence State Minister. This information presented by H.E. the President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, was considered by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Green Fishery Harbour Project – Mirissa (Document No - 07)
The proposal made by HE the President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to implement the ‘Green Fisheries Harbours’ project prepared by the Marine Environment Protection Authority with the view of building sustainable fishery through converting the Mirissa Fishery Harbour into a Green Harbour at a cost of Rs. 30.4 million, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Establishment of a Secretariat for Coordinating the Reconciliation Mechanisms
The most valuable opportunity gained by Sri Lanka to gain the reconciliation and lasting peace was could not be used successfully due to various reasons. It has become an essential and immediate need to build reconciliation among Sri Lankans. Public institutions including ministries are engaged in this process but due to the absence of a centralized institution in coordinating this process some practical issues such as delays and duplication of tasks have been raised. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to establish a Secretariat for Coordinating the Reconciliation Mechanisms that holds following responsibilities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Coordination of national level discourses on reconciliation mechanisms Development of a plan with specific dates to establish reconciliation mechanisms such as ‘Office on Missing Persons’ and ‘Truth, Reconciliation and Prevention of Conflicts Commission’. Coordination with local institutions such as Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission and international institutes such as the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR). Follow-up of the progress and coordination of implementing recommendations stipulated in Commission Reports including LLRC and the Report of the OHCHR. Coordination of other requirements related to strengthening the rule of law, human rights and administrative and judicial reforms.
Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 09-12-2015
01. Secured Transactions Bill
The Secured Transactions Act No 49 of 2009 was adopted with the view of facilitating small and medium scale entrepreneurs to obtain loans from banks and financial institutions by providing mobile assets such as machinery as securities in case they do not have any fixed assets. However, with issues raised in implementing several provisions of the act its expected objectives could not be fulfilled. Therefore, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to draft a new bill instead of the existing act to cater the present needs, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 03-12-2015
01. Amendments to the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance (Chapter 262)
The proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to amend the Local Authorities Elections Ordinance (Chapter 262) in view of increasing the women’s representation, introducing the Ward System and make the election system more efficient and productive, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Increasing the Representation of Women in Local Authorities
Although about 50% - 51% of Sri Lankan population is women, they bear only about 5% from the total members elected for the parliament, Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions. According to the promise given at the recent Presidential Election and the General Election to allocate 25% of representation to women in Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions, the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, to amend the Local Authorities (Special Provisions) Act No 21 of 2012 in view of increasing the women’s representation in local authorities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Signing of a Technical Cooperation Agreement between Sri Lanka and Thailand for HR development in Sri Lanka
The bilateral technical cooperation between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of Thailand plays a major role in Human Resources development in Sri Lanka. The Thailand International Development Cooperation Agency (TICA) with the assistance of the GOSL has prepared a five year plan for offering scholarships and training programmes to Sri Lanka in the period of 2015-2019 related to the fields of agriculture, food technology, rural development and self-sufficient economy, tourism management and diplomatic training. Accordingly the proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Thailand for promotion of technical cooperation between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
01. Financial Assistance from the Asian Development Bank for the implementation of Greater Colombo Water and Waste Water Management Improvement Programme – Tranche 3
The Colombo Water and Waste Water Management improvement programme is being implemented in three phases under financial facilities by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and government funds. It intends to uplift the water supply efficiency in Greater Colombo. Total investment of the third phase of the project is US$ 168.46 million. US$ 40.46 million will be bared by the government. The Proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to obtain the balance of US$ 128 million form the ADB as concessionary loan, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
Decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers at the meeting held on 28-10-2015
01. Building Complex for the Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, Eastern University of Sri Lanka
The Faculty of Healthcare Sciences of the Eastern University, which is situated in Batticaloa, was established in 2004 with six departments, and 425 students are currently following degree courses in medicine, surgery and nursing. The faculty is currently situated in a building which is temporarily taken over from the Paddy Marketing Board. The Ministry of University Education and Highways have estimated the cost of constructing a new building complex as US$ 47.3 million (Rs. 6,617.5 million). US$ 34 million from this cost was agreed to be granted by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and the Proposal made by Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to enter into relevant agreement in this regard, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.