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QUESTIONS  FOR ORAL ANSWERS IN PARLIAMENT
No.0475/’10


Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of  Local Government and Provincial Councils.

(a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the  date on which the Local Government Election was held in 2006;

(ii)    the number of Councils won by UNP and JVP separately;

(iii)    the number of Councils which were suspended or dissolved before the due time;

(iv)    the names of those Councils; and

(v)    the dates of suspension or dissolution and the reasons to do so?


(b)     Will he state –

(i)    The names of the Councils as (a) (ii) where the Mayors have been removed, suspended, sacked or investigations are been proceeded;

(ii)    The relevant dates and the reasons as to why such actions have been taken; and

(iii)    The conclusions arrived on them as this moment?
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(c)    If not, why?


ANSWERS  
No.0475/’10



Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – 2011.10.18

(a)    (i)    On 30.03.2006 and 20.05.2006
(ii)    United National Party        -    40
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna    -    01

(iii)    05

(iv)    (1)    Colombo Municipal Council
(2)    Panadura Urban Council
(3)    Nattandiya Pradeshiya Sabha
(4)    Udapalatha Pradeshiya Sabha
(5)    Thissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha

(v)    See annexure 01

(b)    (i)    Kandy Municipal Council

(ii)    Suspended date    - 2010.02.10
Removed date    - 2010.08.23
Due to inefficiency and improper control

(iii)    Removal from post

(c)    Will note arise.


Annexure 01

(1)    Colombo Municipal Council

Suspended date        - 29.10.2008

Dissolved date        - 23.06.2010


As it was revealed that offensive act falling under section 2 of the charter No.04 of 1991 of Western Province relating to power of supervision of administration of Local Government institutions in the Western Province have been committed functions of the Colombo Municipal Council were suspended in terms of the provisions of the above charter subject to further investigations and report.

It was dissolved in terms of the report submitted by an investigating commission comprising of two retired judges of the appeal court appointed under section 2 of the said charter.


(2)    Panadura Urban Council

Dissolved date     -    18.01.2008

As per the decision of the one member investigating commission consisting of retired high court judge that the offensive act falling under section 02 of the charter no.4 of 1991 relating to power of supervision of administration of Local Government institutions in the Western Province have been committed.

(3)    Nattandiya Pradeshiya Sabha

Dissolved date    -    02.05.2005

For having committed offensive acts falling under section 2(1) of the charter no. 01 of 1990 of the Wayamba Province relating to powers of supervision of administration of the Wayamba Province.

(4)    Udapalatha Pradeshiya Sabha

Suspended date        -    26.08.2008

Dissolved date        -    22.01.2010

Dissolved under section 2(1) of the charter no.07 of 1990 relating to supervision of administration of Local Government institutions due to inefficiency and improper control.

(5)    Thissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha

Dissolved date    -    01.02.2010

Thissamaharama Pradeshiya Sabha was dissolved in terms of extra ordinary Gazette 1639/4 for financial irregulations and improper management.

Oral Question Answers No. 1309-11 - 6th Oct 2011

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS
October 06, 2011
Oral Question No. 1309/11


Answer

(a)    (i)    No buildings which are not owned by the Ministry have been rented or leased.
(ii)    Not applicable.
(iii)    Not applicable.

(b)    (i)    Total finance expended for the year 2010 –  Rs.3,689,089.44
Total finance expended as at August 2011 – Rs.2,901,640.00

(ii)    Number of vehicles owned by the Ministry in the year 2010 – 28
Number of vehicles owned by the Ministry as at August 2011 – 28

(iii)    Security services
Cleaning services
Vehicle maintenance services
Equipment maintenance services
Building maintenance services

(iv)    Ministry

a.    Finance expended for security services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.866,313.59
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.683,863.29    

b.     Finance expended for cleaning services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.2,237,806.67
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.1,507,858.87    

c.    Finance expended for computer maintenance and services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.93,150.00
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.376,152.00

d.    Finance expended for vehicle repairs and services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.7,742,652.40
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.6,050,902.04

e.    Finance expended for other equipment maintenance

For the year 2010    -    Rs.602,948.59
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.349,047.02

f.    Finance expended for building maintenance

For the year 2010    -    Rs.196,412.69
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.569,301.91

Mahinda Rajapakse National Tele-Cinema Park - Ranmihithenna    


a.    Finance expended for security services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.2,222,883.96
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.2,505,877.50

b.    Finance expended for cleaning services

For the year 2010    -    Rs.1,839,989.69
Up till August 2011 -    Rs.1,982,767.88

(v)     05 (five)

(vi)    Total staff of the out-sourced services

In year 2010 – 26 (per day)
In year 2011 – 26 (per day)

(c).  Not applicable.

Oral Question Answers 01193-11 - 23rd Sept 2011

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS
Friday,  September 23, 2011
Question No. 1193/11


Answers

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake: To ask the Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade.

(a)    (i)    According to the information given by the Department of Census and Statistics,

Total Consumption of dried chillies. (Domestic Consumption)
Dried Chillies                    Dried Chillies Powder
Review Year 2006/2007    11,669 Ton                    23,811 Ton

Review Year 2009/2010    11,507 Ton                    26,072 Ton


Per capital Consumption of dried chillies. (Domestic Consumption)
Dried Chillies                     Dried Chillies Powder
Review Year 2006/2007    0.59 Kg                    1.19Kg

Review Year 2009/2010    0.56 Kg                    1.27 Kg


(ii)     Shown in Annexure No.1

(iii)    Shown in Annexure No.1

(iv)    Shown in Annexure No.11

(v)    Shown in Annexure No.11

(vi)    As special Commodity Levy is only imposed on July, 2011 for dried chillies, other taxes are not applicable to item. Accordingly, Rs.57 may considered as a subsidy.

(b)    Shown in Annexure No.111

(c)    Not applicable.

Oral Question Answers 1190-11 - 21st September 2011

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Parliamentary Question for Oral Answer - No.1190/11

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of  Resettlement

(a)    (i)    Number of inmates at the Kadiragamar Relief Village            3324

Number of inmates at the Anandakumaraswami Relief Village        4103

ii)    Due to non-completion of the Dem-mining activities there is delay in resettlement.

iii)    Tamils only

iv)    Age Group            Number of inmates

0 – 5 years                1002
5 – 10                       1165
10 – 18                    1528
18 – 35                    1632
35 – 59                    1662
Over 60 years          438
Total                          7427

Oral Question Answers 0645-10 - 20th September 2011

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Oral Answer for the Parliament Question No.0645/10

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Labour and Labour Relations

Question

(a)     I.    As to when the minimum salaries of the private sector will be increased?
Wages boards minimum salaries have been increased in year 2010’ It is not decided yet about a salary increase in this year.

II    The amount in Sri Lankan rupees to be increased in salaries of the various categories in the private sector separately and?
Not relevant.

III    The last occasions in which the salaries of the private sector employees were increased over the last 10 years?
Salaries of 39 wages boards were increased in the last year (2010)
(Relevant particulars has been attached, Please see Attachment  I)

(b)     (i)    As to when the salaries of the Public Sector going to be increased;

The Public Administrative Circular No.28/2010 dated 31/12/2010 has been issued referring to the revision of salaries and allowances of the Public Sector in accordance with the Budget Proposals 2011.  The first stage is implemented with effect from 01.01.2011 as per its provision and second stage is implemented with effect from 01.07.2011.

(ii) The amount to be increased; and
Steps have been taken to revise the salaries and allowances of public servants as per the Public Administrative Circular No.28/2010 and that of the employees of state corporations and boards as per the Management Services Circular No.43 and 44 (The copies of the relevant circulars are herewith attached.).

Steps have been taken to pay all the public servants 5% of the basic salary received at present with effect from 01.01.2011 as well as to pay Rs.600/- added to the Cost of Living allowance currently paid to officers whose initial monthly salary is below Rs.22,935/- with effect from 01.01.2011. It is scheduled to pay Rs.600/- added to the Cost of Living allowance paid at present for the officers initial monthly salary is Rs.22,935/-  and above.  The daily pay is increased by 5% for the daily paid employees and they are paid Rs.195/- per day as the Cost of Living allowance with effect from 01.01.2011.

(iii) The minimum pensionable salaries for the various categories of the Public Service?

The minimum monthly salary scales inclusive of pensions for the categories of Public Sector as per the Public Administrative Circular No.06/2006 are as follows;

01.    Primary Level     PL 1  Rs.11730 – 10X120 – 10 x 130 – 10 x 145 – 12 x 160 -  17600
02.    Secondary Level    MN1 Rs.13120 – 10 x 145 – 11 x 170 – 10 x 240 – 10 x 320 - 22040
03.    Tertiary Level    MN5 Rs.16720 – 10 x 320 – 11 x 365 – 10 x 240 – 15 x 540 - 30685
04.    Senior Level        SL 1  Rs.22935 – 10 x 645 – 8 x 790 – 17 x 1050 - 53555

Attachment 1

Determinations by Commissioner of Labour                Implementing date

1.    Batik trade                                            01.06.2010 Gazette
2.    Glassware manufacturing trade          No and Date
3.    Janitorial service trade                        1456/10-31.05.2010

Oral Question Answers 0454-11 - 20th September 2011

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Oral Answer for the Parliament Question No.0454/11

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities,

(a)    Is he aware that the Indian Government agreed to grant rupees 24 billion to Sri Lanka for construction of 50,000 houses for Tamils, during the Indian visit of the Sri Lankan President from 8 to 10 June 2010?

Answer    India has agreed to give Sri Lanka 50,000 housing units in the form of a full grant as per the joint statement signed at the completion of the Indian tour of HE the President of Sri Lanka in June 2010.

(b)    Will he state -

(i)    The number of houses that have been built to date by using aforesaid funds;

Answer    The Indian Construction Contractor selected by the Indian government has arrived in the country and the Pilot Project to construct 1000 housing units under this project has been commenced.

(ii)     The place in which they were built and the names of the recipients: and

Answer    The list of beneficiaries and the places for the construction of the houses under the Pilot Project have been furnished to the Indian High Commission.

(iii)    The amount of money given by Indians before the construction of houses?

Answer    The nature of this project is that Indian government will construct the houses and give them as a grant to the beneficiaries.

(c)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    The Criteria used in selection of the internally displaced persons to give new houses;

Answer    Priority was given in this Pilot Project to construct 1000 housing units for widows, single parent headed households, disabled people, head of the household weakened by age or injuries, families below the poverty line and beneficiaries were selected from landless families amongst the resettled.

(ii)    Whether they are Tamils, Muslims or Sinhalese; and

Answer    Beneficiaries for granting houses were selected as per the criteria given under (c) (i) amongst the families that are being resettled.

(iii)    The number of more houses required more to be built to settle all the displaced people?

Answer    Government will take appropriate actions to construct new housing for displaced whenever the necessity arises.

(d)         If not, why?

Answer    Not relevant.

Oral Question Answers 1129-11 on 07th September 2011

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Questions in Parliament for Oral Answers
Question No: 1129/11 – September 07, 2011


Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP to ask from the Hon. Minister of Industries and Commerce


(a)     Will he state on per year basis for last five years;
(i)    the main importing items to Sri Lanka
(ii)     the volume and value of each item, and
(iii)    The main countries from which those items were imported.


Please see Annex 1 for Answers for the above questions.
(Kindly note that volume figures can not be indicated for the imports concerned, as measuring units differ among tariff lines, even though they fall within the same HS heading / product category).

(b)     Will he also state;

(i)    Whether any action has been taken by the Government to discourage  aforesaid imports, and
(ii)    if so, the actions that were taken

(i)  Yes, when appropriate

(ii)  Petroleum products, automobiles and machinery – the three main items, account for about 30% of the Sri Lanka’s imports.  While these products are not manufactured in the country, their importation is necessary for smooth functioning of the Sri Lankan economy.  However, the Government maintains high import duties on certain products.

Items such as cotton, fabrics, precious and semi-precious stones, man-made fibres etc., which account for about 15% of Sri Lanka’s total imports too can not be discouraged as domestic entrepreneurs need them as raw material for their industries.

The Government also imports certain food items, when a scarcity occurs.  To combat the regular flow of such imports, fiscal measures are put into operation by way of increased import duty, excise duty, cess, VAT and other levies and charges.  These charges increase the cost of importing into Sri Lanka considerably, in some cases by over 100% of the value of the product.  Tobacco products and motor vehicles face the highest overall import charges.

However, Sri Lanka can not impose restrictive measures to discourage its imports in an arbitrary manner, and the import duty is the main if not only instrument through which imports could be restricted or provide protection for local products.

(c)     If not, why? – Not applicable.

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