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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2013-09-05

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Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 2013-09-05

Cabinet P

01 'Smart - Sri Lanka' .. An ICT Development Strategy for Sri Lanka (e-Sri Lanka Development Initiative-Phase 2)- the primary objective of this initiative is to achieve national economic development by bringing the dividends of leT within the teach of every village and citizen of the country. The ICT literacy rate

which was less than 8% in 2005 had surpassed 35% by 2012, primarily due to the expansion of the 'Nenasala' Network in remote areas. The above project is to be implemented over a period of 5 to 6 years. commencing in the first quarter of 2014. The proposal made by H.E. the President, to proceed with the project,
subject to stipulations laid down by the General Treasury, was approved by the Cabinet.

02 Rehabilitation Project for Gin Ganga Flood Regulation Scheme- this Scheme implemented with Chinese Government aid in the late 70's had commenced its operation in 1982 and is located in the Galle District, covering Badalgama, Bope - Poddala, Weiivita, Divitura and Hikkaduwa Divisional Secretary's Division. The main objectives Of the Scheme are, to protect cultivation of 5000 ha of paddy lands inlower valley ofOin Ganga from damages caused by frequent flooding and to protect around 20,000 families living in the area from flood hazards. Having observed that, rehabilitation of Gin Ganga Flood Regulation Scheme is a long felt need, Cabinet approval was granted to the proposal made by Hon, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, to implement the said rehabilitation proect at a total cost of Its.700 million. over a period of 3 years from 2014 to 2016.


 

03 Livelihood Development of Palmyrah Dependent 70,000 Families In the Northern Province - it has been observed that there are about 10 million Palmyrah trees in the Northern Province alone which has contributed to the Northern economy as a source of food and beverages, craft sector development. provision of timber and leaves for housing and shelter, projection of heritage and culture and in generating income earning opportunities for the people living in the relevant areas. There are over 70,000 families depending on the Palmyrah Sector, directly and indirectly in the Northern Province. The Palmyrah sector contributes to the livelihood development through variety of palmyrah based value added products such as ..
 
* Sap based products (jaggery, treacle, sweet toddy etc.);
* Fruit based products (soft drinks, panadu, jam etc.);
* Leaf based products (handicraft. dustbins, bags. table mats etc.);
* Fibre based products (broomsticks, brushes etc.);
*Tuber based products (odial, palm posha, odial flour etc.); and
*Wood based products (timber, furniture etc.)

 

Palmyrah based handicraft training is to be expanded in the Northern and Eastern Provinces, including Puttalam and Hambantota Districts. The proposal made by Hon, Douglas Devananda, Minister of Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise Development, to implement the identified projects that need State intervention on a priority: basis under the Medium Term Budgetary Framework through the Palmyrah Development Board in the Northern Province, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

04 Reconstruction of the Wekanda National Housing Scheme at Stuart Street, Colombo 02 - At present these housing units pose a great danger as they are in a dilapidated condition. The residents in the above Housing Scheme consisting of 114 housing units in 4, four storyed buildings constructed long ago are to be relocated as early as possible. On the above proposal made by Hon. Wunal Weerawansa, Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities, for the relocation of the residents of the above Housing Scheme, Cabinet approval was granted to allocate 114 housing units from an Urban Housing Project in Colombo being implemented by the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

 

05 Establishment of Special Education Resource and Information Centres - it has been observed that the teaching process that has to be adopted for the children with visual and hearing impairments, Autism etc. is more complex than that of normal students and it is essential to provide special equipment and facilities and specially tralne teachersfor thire education. The proposal made by Hon. Bandula Gunawardena, Minister of Education, to establish Resource and Information Centres for students with special needs with financial allocations to be provided under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2013 - 2015 and for the implementation of special education programmes with a proper co-ordlnation with the Ministries of Education, Health, Social Services, Vocational Training and Media, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

06 Construction of a permanent building and an access roadway for the Office of the Public Service Commlsslon - the proposal made by H.E. the President, for the construction of a permanent building for the Office of the Public Service Commission, in a block of land adjoining the premises of the Ministry of Lands and Land Development with funds to be provided under the Medium Term Budgctary Framework and to proceed with the matters connected thereto, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

07 The Second Global Young Parliamentarians' Consultation on International Conference on Population and Development and Post 2015 UN Development Agenda - 3rd and 4th October 2013 - the above International Conference sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) New York Office and organized by the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians' on Population and Development (AFPPD) is scheduled to be held in Colombo on 31'\1 and 4111 October 2013. Hon. D.M. Jayaratne, the Prime Minister and Hon. Chamal Rajapakse, the Speaker of Parliament. have been invited to grace the occasion and address the delegates. The main objective of this meeting is to review the global progress made on International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action from the perspective of young Parliamentarians. The outcome expected of this meeting will be that the YOWlg Members of Parliament are adequately briefed and prepared to make positive contributions for the ICPD beyond 2014. All expenses towards conducting of this meeting in Sri Lanka vi11I be met by the UNFPA New York Office. The proposal made by Hon. Tissa Karalliyadda, Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs, to organize and conduct this meeting in Colombo, was approved by the Cabinet.

 

08 State Visit of H:Jt the President of Sri Lanka to the Republic of Belarus - 25th to 17th August 2013 - H.E. the President paid a State Visit to the Republic of Belarus from 25-27 August 2013. at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Belarus and this was the first State Visit to Belarus by a Head of State of Sri lanka. Bilateral discussions between the leaders of the two countries had been conducted in an atmosphere of openness. friendship and mutual understanding
and the contructive exchange of views were promising for further development and strengthemng ofbilateral relations as well as issues of mutual interests on the international agenda. Some of the salient outcomes of the above visit arc as follows:

 

* establishment of a Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation for the development of economic ties between the two countries;

* a delegation from Belarus to visit Sri Lanka with the view to establishing a tractor and agricultural machinery assembling plant for which a partner from Sri Lanka will be identified for a Joint Venture;

* flexible conditions on prices for the import of fertilizer to be worked out;

* cooperation in the fields of dairy production and cattle breeding;

* education particularly in the Science and Medical fields;

* agreement of cooperation in higher education between the Universities of the two countries; and

* enhanced exports from Belarus to Sri Lanka, for supply to South and South East Asia, taking advantage of the free port system and Free Trade Agreements of Sri Lanka.
 
Memoranda of Understanding! Agreements on the following were signed during the visit. to further enhance the bilateral relations:

 

* Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters;
* Trade and Economic Cooperation;
* Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with respect to Taxes on Income; and
* Cooperation in the Field of Tourism.

 

09 Deyata Kirula National Development Prolramme 1014 - Vlllale Level Public Meetings and MobUe Services  Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minster of Economic Development, informed the Members of the cabinet that. parallel to the Deyata Kirula Exhibition 2014. community welfare services and mobile services are beUlg implemented. covering all Drama NUadhari Divisions of the three Districts of Kunmegala• Kegalle and Puttalam. The main objectives of this programme arc:

 

* to identify individual and family based problems, including land, housing etc., and to provide solutions for same;
* to identify common amenities to be developed within the Grame Niladhari Divisions;
* to provide various services by Government Institutions at village level; and
* to provide mobile health clinics at village level for the benefit of the public.

 

(a)     to take action to strengthen the capacity of the Food Authority in terms of staff and other facilities and to amend the Food Act to address the existing and emerging food safety issues effectually;

(b)     to direct the Ministry of Health to publish a detailed news paper advertisement indicating in simple language:

    (i)     background of the issue; and
    (ii)     a system .'of labelling to identify the products free of DeD and Clostridium bacteria, which ate safe to consume.


(c) to ensure the introduction of the new labelling system prior to pUblishing the above public communication;

(d)     to purchase a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (LCIMSIMS) for the m;

(e)     to direct the Chief Food Authority and the Consumer Affairs Authority to withdraw from the market intported milk products suspected to be contaminated with DeD as decided by that Authority; and

(f)     to ensure close collaboration with the Ministry of He Industrial Technology Institute when addressing the issues of this nature.

Action will also be taken to introduce a methodology to carry out Food Safety Hazards Tests prior to clearance of goods by the Customs, jointly by the Sri Lanka Customs, the Medical Research Institute and the Industrial Technical Institute in keeping with intemational standards.

 

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