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Answer to Oral Questions - 04th May2011

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Answer to the question (0095/10) to ask Hon. Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana & Religious Affairs by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake-4th May 2011

i.    Rs. Mn.78.2


ii.    Transport, Housing, Communication, Office, Newspapers, Entertainment allowances and facilities.  (according to the Public Admin. Circular DA/1/17/1) .


Does not arise.

Oral Questions - 08th April 2011

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Question for Oral Answers for the Question No – 0445/10 which is to be asked on 08.04.2011 by

Hon. (Mr.) Ravi Karunanayake M.P. from Minister of  Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare

Question Answers

(a) Will he state the number of people go for foreign employments on per year basis during the last five years to date? Year Number of (Departed) for Foreign Employment

2005 -231,290
2006 -201,948
2007 -218,459
2008 -250,499
2009 -247,119
2010 -266,989
Total:  -1,416,304


(b) Will he admit that the people going overseas for employment be protected through an Insurance scheme? Yes.
(c) If so, will he inform this House of how much is charged per person for such an Insurance cover? No charge

Sri Lankans proceeding for employment abroad has to compulsorily register with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment.  For such registrations, they have to pay the fees prescribed by the SLBFE Act.  Those registered with the Bureau will be provided with an insurance cover free.  Insurance premium is paid by the Bureau.  The premium of insurance for a 2 years service contract period is Rs.800.00 per insured and for 3 years service contract, it is Rs.850.00.
(d) Will he mention the total number of claims made per year for the last five years? Year Number of Insurance Policies Requested
2005- 5,239
2006- 6,206
2007- 5,186
2008 -4,923
2009 -4,572
2010 -5,886
Total  -32,012


(e) Will he explain as to why people do not get the claim even though they have paid for the Insurance Policy? No fee is charged for the insurance cover.
Insurance Cover is not received on following reasons.
When the validity period is expired
Not returned to Sri Lanka due to the occurrence of incident
Not submitted the required documents for obtaining insurance claims
Not applied within six month from the date of the incident for which insurance is entitled.

(f) If not, why? Not applicable

Oral Questions - 07th April 2011- on Mahapola Higher Education Scholarship

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Answers to questions asked by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, M.P., on Mahapola
Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund are as follows:

Question No: 0651/10


a.    (i)    The Higher Education Scholarship Trust Fund was established by Parliamentary

Act No.66 of 1981.  This Fund was initiated by Honourable Lalith Athulathmudali, the then Minister of Trade and Shipping.



The aims and objects of the Fund in terms of Section 5 of the Act are as follows-



a,    to provide higher education facilities to youth;

to provide assistance to deserving youth who have completed their secondary education satisfactorily, so as to enable them to complete their academic, industrial or technical education at a University or technical or higher educational Institute as the case may be;


to set up and assist in the setting up and management of vocational training institutes for enabling youth to develop their vocational skills and competence;


d.    to set up and assist in the management and conduct of schools, institutes,

foundations and similar institutions engaged in the furtherance of education; and

to provide assistance for the development and improvement of the skills and competence of lecturers, teachers and such persons engaged in the furtherance of education.


(a)    (ii)    The accumulated Fund as at 31.12.2010 is Rs.6,847,591,573.81

Fund from 1981, the year of inauguration to December 31, 2010.


Year
Amount added as capital / Capital accumulated Fund

1981
Inauguration
9,300,118.44

1982
31,512,208.24
40,812,326.68

1983
30,292,630.17
71,104,956.85

1984
34,113,962.37
105,218,919.22

1985
74,998,565.88
180,217,485.10

1986
107,464,976.53
287,682,461.63

1987
74,155,051.26
361,837,512.89

1988
29,682,848.90
391,520,361.79

1989
121,751,922.05
513,272,283.84

1990
49,258,689.19
562,530,973.03

1991
112,730,680.17
675,261,653.20

1992
157,166,637.09
832,428,290.29

1993
311,279,508.38
1,143,707,798.67

1994
256,573,595.84
1,400,281,394.51

1995
346,118,377.23
1,746,399,771.74

1996
408,908,126.44
2,155,307,898.18

1997
329,084,025.48
2,484,391,923.66

1998
280,467,961.91
2,764,859,885.57

1999
271,038,935.37
3,035,898,820.94

2000
290,679,389.34
3,326,578,210.28

2001
357,186,690.14
3,683,764,900.42

2002
220,278,238.73
3,904,043,139.15

2003
65,638,507.69
3,969,681,646.84

2004
563,180,630.73
4,532,862,277.57

2005
424,144,090.84
4,957,006,368.41

2006
363,890,920.51
5,320,897,288.92

2007
208,106,260.55
5,529,003,549.47

2008
409,658,284.64
5,938,661,834.11

2009
475,165,399.31
6,413,827,233.42

2010
433,764,340.39
6,847,591,573.81


(b)    (i)    The present Trustees of the Fund are –


Ex-officio-

Honourable Asoka de Silva, the Chief Justice


Honourable Johnston Fernando, Minister of Cooperatives and Internal Trade


Mr. H. M. Gunasekara, Secretary to the Ministry of Education


Dr. Sunil Jayantha Navaratne, Secretary to the Ministry of Higher Education.


Mr. Sunil S. Sirisena, Secretary to the Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade.


Appointed –

Honourable Kesaralal Gunasekara, Leader of the Opposition in the Municipal Council of Dehiwela – Mt.Lavinia.


Prof. K. A. M. Ranasighe, Vice Chancellor of the University of Moratuwa.


(b)    (ii)    A. Raninstion Watte, Malabe.

B. “Attidiya Wela Idama”, Ratmalana

(b)    (iii)                                          Purchasing Price         Present Market Price


A. Raninstion Watte, Malabe.        Rs.12,460,178.87    No assessment has been done


B. “Attidiya Wela Idama”,        Rs.  6,374,000.00    Has been sold on 13.12.2005

Ratmalana

(iv)    Yes.  “Attidiya Wela Idama” Ratmalana was sold.


(b)        (v)    Purpose –     Sold on 13.10.2005, owing to practical problems.

encountered with regard to maintenance and use.


Selling price – Rs.221,500,000/-





(c)        (i)    Scholarship recipients - 39548




(c)        (ii)    Scholarship Instalment paid to a merit scholarship recipient – Rs.2,200/-


Scholarship Instalment paid to an ordinary scholarship recipient – Rs.2,150/-



(d)        Does note arise.

Oral Questions - 07th April 2011

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Question No. 0654’/10


Answers

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

(a)    (i)    Shown in Annexure No.01

1971.03.29


Paddy Marketing Board was functioned extremely during the period of 1970/80 decades while it had been decided to restructure according to the recommendation made by Sri Lanka Business Centre, in accordance with the advice given by the World Bank in 1990.


(b)    (i)    The number of tons of paddy purchased by the Paddy Marketing

Board for the last 4 – 5 years are given below.

Seasons Number of tons of paddy
purchased
2008 Yala 5,722

2008/09 Maha 37,400

2009 Yala 13,039

2009/ 10 Maha 70,771

2010 Yala 111,789


The percentage of paddy bought by Paddy Marketing Board compared to its production in Yala and Maha seasons are given below.


Seasons Number of tons of paddy
purchased The percentage of paddy purchased to its production in Yala and Maha seasons %
2008 Yala 5,722
0.33%

2008/09 Maha 37,400
1.57%

2009 Yala 13,039
1.03%

2009/ 10 Maha 70,771
2.69%

2010 Yala 111,789
6.69%


Minimum selling price of paddy has been fixed by the Paddy Marketing Board and the action has been taken to appoint related officers to purchasing paddy in certified price form the paddy producing areas in all seasons.  As private sector has to purchase the paddy above such certified price, it could pave the way to increase the minimum selling price of paddy.


(c)    Not applicable.

Oral Questions - 05th April 2011

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Question No.                    :    0432/10

Ministry                              :    Ministry of Finance & Planning


Name of the Member of 
Parliament asking the question        :    Hon. Ravi Karunanayake

Date on which question is asked        :    05.04.2011


The authority who calculates the inflation of a country;


Inflation of any country is generally complied by the Institution responsible compiling national statistics. In Sri Lanka, inflation is calculated by the Department of Census and Statistics.

The rate of inflation per year for the last 15 years in Sri Lanka;



Annual Average Inflation for the last 15 years (*)

(*) Inflation was based on CCPI (1952=100) up to 2003

Thereafter it is based on CCPI (2002=100)

After provision for inflation in each, the real value of money as at today of Rs.1,000 in 1995 (today’s purchasing power of Rs.1,000 earned in 1995)


Current Value of Rs.1,000 Earned in 1995





(*) Inflation was based on CCPI (1952=100) up to 2003

Thereafter it is based on CCPI (2002=100)

Will he state the names of the person responsible for giving irresponsible guidance to the economy of the country;



Does not arise as economy of the country is being operated with responsibility.


Will he also state the inflation for the last 05 years in countries such as India, Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Singapore and Malaysia;


World Economic Outlook, IMF

Does not arise.

Oral Questions - 25th March 2011

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Questions for oral answers 25. 3.2011

Question No – 447/10


Will he state separately –

the total amount of gratuity paid to the employees who left the Sri Lanka Transport Board on per year basis for the last ten years; and


the names of such employees and the gratuity paid to each of them from 2005 to 2010 on per year basis?



Will he inform this House –

as to why some of the employees including Mr. W. A. Jayasena of Meethotamulla Depot who left the SLTB have not been paid gratuity yet; and


as to where the money provided for their gratuity is at present?


If not, why?

Answers

a)    (i)    Year                Amount Paid (Rs.)


20,425,103.60
22,342,510.50
29,542,661.52
59,062,148.76
107,847,429.56
173,302,523.80
252,538,492.94
310,308,765.48
175,765,836.00
49,234,165.65

Total                        1200,369,637.81

Payment of gratuity has been made to, approximately 5000 employees within the last five years.  As there is a large number of employees, nearly three months time is expected to submit details of the amounts to each employee and their list of names.


(b)      (i)    The amount of Rs.297,416/- which is the gratuity entitled to Mr. W. A. Jayasena, has been paid by

Cheque no. 442715 on 30.12.2010.

Payments have been finalized.


(c)    not applicable.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 08:16

Oral Questions - 24nd March 2011

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Ministry – Ports & Highways

Questioned by – Hon. Ravi Karunanayake

Question date – 24-03-2011


Answers for the Parliamentary Question No.0384/’10

A feasibility study is undertaken to reclaim a land of 300 – 400 acres in the open sea between Galle Face to Kollupitiya.


By a team of professional comprising of University of Moratuwa and Sri Lanka Ports Authority.


The approximate project cost is estimated as US $ 300 Million.


Environment Impact Assessment study for the project is undertaken.


Local consultants    -    Sri Lanka experts comprising of University of Moratuwa and


Sri Lanka Ports Authority.


Foreign consultants    -    Foreign consultants are limited to short term assignment

depend of the requirement.        

Investors        -    It has not yet been decided by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.


01    The new Port City will be planned and develop as a modern planned city to establish economic centre of Colombo City addressing constraints related to the haphazard development of buildings and road network in the existing Colombo City.



02    New Port City will enhance the investment opportunities in phase with the Colombo Port Expansion Project and enable us to reach mega economic targets.



The project cost could be recovered in 3 – 5 years and we are not in a position to declare the payback period since the funding source is not yet finalized.


Does not arise.

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