Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 24th June, 2015
01. Establishment of an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service
The health safety received within the first 30 minutes is very important in order to save the life of persons who meet with accidents, a disaster or an emergency, to prevent sustaining further injuries, and to provide expeditious cure. At present such an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service is successfully being carried out in India. By further enhancing the relationship between Sri Lanka and India, the Indian Prime Minister during his recent visit to Sri Lanka agreed to provide such an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to Sri Lanka as well. Accordingly it has been proposed to establish a non profitable Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to improve the quality health service of Sri Lanka covering the rural areas of the country with 297 Ambulances, and 2,000 trained work force under 4 stages. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe as the Minister of Policy Planning, Economic Affairs, Child, Youth and Cultural Affairs to implement under the first stage of this programme an Emergency Ambulance Health Protection Service to cover Western and Southern provinces with 88 Ambulances and obtain from the Indian Government a grant of 8 Million U.S.Dollars required as expenditure for this purpose.
01. Recommendation of the Fiscal Commission Council for the Financial Year 2015
The Fiscal Commission Council is entrusted with the responsibility of recommending to the President the policies to be adopted in distributing to the provinces funds allocated by the government for fulfilling the needs of provinces. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena to implement the recommendation that had been made by the Fiscal Commission Council for the year 2015 by informing that the said recommendations will be implemented and to present the said regulations to the parliament for approval.
Decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 10th June, 2015
01. Sri Lanka’s National Flower
Taking into consideration the proposals and suggestions made by the general public and based on recommendations made by a committee of scholars and officials it had been declared in the year 1986 the flower “Manel” as the national flower of Sri Lanka. . Since on certain occasions where the national flower was displayed the right national flower was not displayed.
Taking into consideration the discrepancies that had taken place in the recent times a proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to refer to Sri Lanka’s national flower as “Manel” in the Sinhala language, as “Neelothpalam” in the Tamil language and as “Blue Water Lily” in the English language and to use the right picture and the scientific name of this flower “Nymphaea nouchali Burm.f” at all times when the national flower is referred to, and to provide adequate publicity about the picture and right name of the national flower and to enlighten about this to the relevant public institutions was approved by the Cabinet.
01. Establishment of a National Renal Disease Fund
Already a committee has been appointed to monitor the prevailing renal disease activities to deal with the widely spreading renal disease and under which sub committees have also been appointed. These activities are being coordinated by the renal disease coordinating committee that has been established under the Presidential Secretariat. Local and International organizations that are keen to prevent the spread and cure of this disease have up to now contributed Rs. 7 Million for this purpose. The proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena to establish the National Renal Disease Fund proposed under the 2015 budget under the Presidential Secretariat was approved by the Cabinet.
01. Enhancement of educational opportunities for Afghan student cadets at the General Sir John KotalawelaDefence University
The General Sir John KotalawelaDefence University has been established with the objective of producing members of armed services personnel with aesthetic and professional capabilities implements various graduate programmes on various sectors and provides higher education requirements of student cadet officers and students. This University has provided educational opportunities to two (2) students from the countries in the African and Asian regions on the basis of enhancing cooperation among these countries on a non-payment basis. In order to give considerations to a request made by the former President of Afghanistan Hon. Hameed Karzai during his visit to Sri Lanka in the year 2014, the Cabinet approved a proposal made by the Hon. President MaithripalaSirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defense to provide training opportunities for two (2) students and to offer two scholarships for them.
01. Providing Training facilities for foreign security officers at the College of Defence Services Command
The College of Defence Services Command is the highest institution that provides military training in Sri Lanka for the medium level officers of the tri forces and the Police. The institution provides necessary knowledge, capabilities, high command and training for holding high level posts and training for staff level activities. The Cabinet approved a proposal made by the Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Defence to provide training opportunities for 27 foreign military officers and thereby provide Sri Lankan security officers training jointly with foreign security officers, to share friendship, and to share the knowledge and experience of the foreign security service officers.
01. Sri Lanka to commence bilateral, political consultancy services with Philippines and Cambodia
Sri Lanka is maintaining long time bilateral relations with the Republic of Philippines and the Kingdom of Cambodia and it is possible to obtain mutual benefits with the objective of expanding these relationships to a new sphere. At the same time Philippines and Cambodia are two countries that cooperate with Sri Lanka in multilateral forums. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera to sign Memoranda of Understanding by the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on providing advisory service with the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Philippines and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
01. Enforcing the special travel permit introduced by the International Police (INTERPOL) within Sri Lanka
The International Criminal Police Organization (The Interpol) has issued a special travel permit facilitating the obtaining of Emergency Visas for the Interpol Police Officers and the Law Enforcing Officers engaged in cross border investigations relating to the International Police activities. At present several Asian countries including Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan Laos, the Philippines, and Singapore and International Police member countries numbering 72 countries have accepted this Special Travel Permit. Accordingly, on the request of the International Police Sri Lanka has also agreed to accept this Special Travel Permit. The Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by Hon. Minister of Public Security, and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunge to empower the Inspector General of Police to sign the agreement relating to accepting this Special Travel Permit by Sri Lanka as well.