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Oral Questions - Tuesday 3rd November 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 3rd November 2009



1.    0715/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of armed forces personnel who are in the prison owing to the fact that they had deserted their posts prior to 19th  May, 2009;

Answer:

Officers – 136
Other Rankers – 4,355


(ii)    the action being taken to ensure that they are released;

Answer:

The have been released on amnesty (Special Pardon)


(iii)    whether they enjoy pension rights if they had served the pensionable period; and

Answer:

As per the curriculum vitae of personnel in the Armed Forces who were imprisoned due to relinquishment of their posts prior to 19th May 2009, they have not served an adequate period of service to receive pensions. However, if they have a relevant period of service, they can request to obtain the approval for the entitlement of a pension through the Minister in terms of the 13th Provision of the Pension and Gratuities Code.


(iv)    if not so, how they can they be assisted to come back to the forces?

Answer:

Non re-employment of personnel in the Armed Forces who were discharged from the service after taking disciplinary action and imposing punishments by the Army is being in force as a stern policy.



b)    If not why?

Answer:

Is not applicable.




2.    0716/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Minister of Sports and Public Recreation, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the names of persons who are administrating the Sri Lanka Cricket Board funds as of to-date;

(ii)    the cash position at the moment and for the last 05 years on yearly basis;

(iii)    the source of funds to the Cricket Board for the last 10 years on yearly basis;

(iv)    whether all awards which help us to earn revenue are decided by a Tender Board; and

(v)    if not, the method which is fairly applied?


b)    Will he submit to this House the Audited accounts of Sri Lanka Cricket Board for the last 06 years?


c)    Will he state –

(i)    the amount been paid to the cricketers and pool players;

(ii)    whether their earnings are tax free;

(iii)    if not, what the tax input is;

(iv)    the names of the 20 most expensive officers in the Sri Lanka Cricket Board; and

(v)    their monthly/ yearly earnings for the last 05 years on yearly basis, separately?


d)    If not why?



3.    0708/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services, –

a)    Will he inform this House for the last 05 years –

(i)    10 locally grown agricultural commodities imported to the country;

Answer:

(1)    Rice
(2)    Chillies
(3)    Green Gram
(4)    Cow Pea
(5)    Potato
(6)    Red Onions
(7)    Big Onions
(8)    Soya Bean
(9)    Maize
(10)    Millet – Kurakkan


(ii)    the quantity imported per year on per item basis;

Answer:

Annexure 1

Item: Potato

Year / Kgs.
2004 – 28,013,855
2005 – 40,745,861
2006 – 46,554,190
2007 – 85,928,887
2008 – 99,352,631

Item: Red Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 -   2,693,227
2005 – 10,233,439
2006 – 10,858,906
2007 – 23,754,386
2008 – 26,853,871

Item: Big Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 115,119,860
2005 – 110,712,710
2006 – 119,478,279
2007 – 140,727,575
2008 – 146,601,643

Item: Green Gram

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 12,672,692
2005 -   9,321,392
2006 – 11,494,720
2007 – 12,764,043
2008 – 13,728,284

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 117,750
2005 – 242,894
2006 – 349,250
2007 – 575,255
2008 – 745,309

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,920,331
2005 – 1,803,269
2006 – 2,004,665
2007 – 2,657,603
2008 – 2,609,047

Item: Chillies

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 24,323,004
2005 – 27,260,644
2006 – 29,410,414
2007 – 31,241,868
2008 -   5,881,662

Item: Maize

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 148,782,048
2005 – 146,848,744
2006 –   83,695,472
2007 –   78,365,820
2008 –   82,488,375

Item: Rice

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 221,662,693
2005 –   51,728,642
2006 –   11,536,405
2007 –   88,003,362
2008 –   84,056,934

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,607,101
2005 – 1,308,138
2006 –    211,500
2007 –          960
2008 – 2,444,541


(iii)    the domestic consumption of these items along with the actually grown quantity in the country;

Answer:

Annexure 2

Maha Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares
2004 – 469,000
2005 – 570,000
2006 – 586,000
2007 – 512,,000
2008 – 568,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,781
2007 – 4,306
2008 – 5,023

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,438
2005 – 6,889
2006 – 6,174
2007 – 6,093
2008 – 7,123

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,592
2005 – 7,262
2006 – 6,960
2007 – 6,231
2008 – 7,655

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,532
2005 – 3,025
2006 – 2,457
2007 – 2,212
2008 – 1,618

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,039
2005 – 2,690
2006 – 2,715
2007 – 2,731
2008 – 2,487

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 76
2005 – 185
2006 – 313
2007 – 250
2008 – 219

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 20,275
2005 – 23,905
2006 – 26,310
2007 – 27,095
2008 – 42,864

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 10,103
2007 – 9,048
2008 – 9,883

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 178
2005 – 359
2006 – 427
2007 -  289
2008 – 219

Yala Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares

2004 – 251,000
2005 – 345,000
2006 – 314,000
2007 – 284,000
2008 – 464,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 1,129
2007 – 1,101
2008 – 1,056

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,169
2005 – 2,754
2006 – 2,526
2007 – 2,673
2008 – 2,233

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,073
2005 – 4,098
2006 – 3,690
2007 – 4,403
2008 – 4,496

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,963
2005 – 2,576
2006 – 2,837
2007 – 3,124
2008 – 3,251

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,352
2005 – 3,100
2006 – 3,513
2007 – 2,879
2008 – 2,391

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,999
2005 – 4,367
2006 – 6,501
2007 – 6,738
2008 – 3,871

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,146
2005 – 4,496
2006 – 5,692
2007 – 7,086
2008 – 8,744

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,787
2007 – 5,035
2008 – 4,920

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 1,116
2005 – 2,721
2006 – 2,635
2007 – 2,567
2008 – 1,007


Domestic Consumption 2006 / 2007

Item / Kilograms

Rice:
White – 951,668
Samba – 393,407
Nadu – 641,474
Basmathi – 945

Kurakkan – 6,128
Green Gram – 11,087
Cow Pea – 5,588
Potato – 102,859
Red Onions – 49,172
Big Onions – 125,896
Maize – 3,097
Chillie – 35,504
Soya Beans – 1,647


(iv)    the duty component imposed on these items; and

Answer:

Annexure 3


(v)    the reason for not to grow domestically?

(1)    Many crops are area specific because of geographical conditions. (Eg.-
Potato – Upcountry
Big Onions – Matale
Red Onions – Puttalam, Jaffna
Maize – Mahaweli H, Anuradhapura

(2)    Higher unit cost of production and lower return

(3)    Lower production due to pest and disease problems (Eg. Chillie leaf curl complex (CCLC) is the major problem resulting in heavy yield losses up to 53% mostly in Yala season)

(4)    Climate change – water scarcity, floor and change of rainfall pattern (Specially in Yala season in Dry Zone)

(5)    Non availability of suitable lands – limited land availability

(6)    Less productivity – rain-fed cultivation and low investment in research and development.



b)    Will he state –

(i)    whether fertilizer subsidies are being given at the moment;

Answer:

Yes,


(ii)    if so, the tonnage been given on per year and per item basis; and

Answer:

Fertilizer subsidy given Paddy Cultivation (Metric Tonnes)

Year: 2006 Yala
Urea: 96,191,00
TSP: 21,323.00
MOP: 26,382.00

Year: 2006/2007 Maha
Urea: 137,580.00
TSP: 47,048.00
MOP: 43,311.00

Year: 2007 Yala
Urea: 95,207.00
TSP: 29,763.00
MOP: 27,383.00

Year: 2007/2008 Maha
Urea: 141,628.00
TSP: 41,468.00
MOP: 39,271.00

Year: 2008 Yala
Urea: 126,900.14
TSP: 51,086.90
MOP: 43,360.08

Year: 2008/2009 Maha
Urea: 146,686.00
TSP: 50,493.00
MOP: 43,574.00

Year: 2009 Maha
Urea: 91,164.84
TSP: 31,296.05
MOP: 28,032.82

Fertilizer subsidy given to Small Tea Estates (Metric Tonnes)

Year: 2006
Amount of Fertilizer: 24,486

Year: 2007
Amount of Fertilizer: 51,918

Year: 2008
Amount of Fertilizer: 48,442

Year: January – July 2009
Amount of Fertilizer: 79,825


(iii)    another five (05) agricultural items promoted at the moment?

Answer:

(1)    Gingerly
(2)    Ground Nut
(3)    Orange
(4)    Maize
(5)    Green Gram


c)    If not why?

Answer:

Not Applicable

Oral Questions - Friday 23rd October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 23rd October 2009



1.    0713/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Highways and Road Development, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the internal cost of southern highway;

(ii)    the number of lanes there were and the actual number now;

(iii)    the date that it commenced the operation along the date that it supposed to be completed;

(iv)    how was going to be financed the Southern Highway; and

(v)    now with the escalation, who will finance the balance?


b)    Will he state –

(i)    the number of bridges supposed to be erected;

(ii)    the number of them been broken down for low quality;

(iii)    the additional cost of breaking those bridges and rebuilding them?


c)    If not why?




2.    0714/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the present situation on Adults only films along with the present legal situation;

(ii)    members of the censor board ;

(iii)    the number of films or tele-dramas that are being censored;

(iv)    whether it is also applicable for foreign films and D.T.H. (Direct to Home) telecasting?


b)    If not why?

Oral Questions - Thursday 22nd October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 22nd October 2009



1.    0710/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order,

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of Executive Presidents elected/ appointed as at to date;

(ii)    the period they have governed;

(iii)    the total cost incurred for each of the past Presidents or their Nominees and separately the purpose they incurred for;

(iv)    whether any houses or land have been given to any of them;

(v)    if so, the location and the extent; and

(vi)    whether it is given on rent or outright?



b)    Will he state the total security personnel afforded to them?



c)    If not why?




2.    0712/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Agricultural Development and Agrarian Services, –

a)    Will he inform this House on per year and per season basis for the last ten years –

(i)    the amount of paddy harvested in the ‘Yala and Maha’ seasons;

(ii)    the cost of the production;

(iii)    the average price guaranteed by the Government?



b)    Will he state for the last 4 years on monthly and yearly basis –

(i)    the requirement of rice;

(ii)    the duty prices imposed on rice imports;

(iii)    the amount of money spent on subsidies for fertilizer for cultivation of paddy?



c)    Will he also state the amount of metric tons of fertilizer required on district basis for the last 05 years?



d)    If not why?

Oral Questions - Wednesday 21st October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Wednesday 21st October 2009



1.    0015/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Irrigation and Water Management and Minister of Ports and Aviation, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of Air Crafts leased out, bought or hired for Mihin Air from the inception to-date;

(ii)    the amount being paid or amount paid, per month basis;

(iii)    the load factor required to break even;

(iv)    the load factor from the origin of the airline per month basis; and

(v)    the total cargo lift capacity and data capacity lifted to-date per month basis?



b)    Will he state –

(i)    the total outstanding as of today with age analysis for fuel, airport aviation office space and warehouse space, taxes, aircraft dues, bank loans and any other obligation of significance;

(ii)    the total staff recruited along with the total remittance payable per month basis with perks included for all staff drawing over Rs. 200,000/- in total per month; and

(iii)    the additional cost that they pay for Aircraft Crew Maintenance Insurance (ACMI) even though the agreements cover the same?



c)    If not, why?




2.    0389/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Finance and Planning, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that the Lanka Marine Limited, Water’s Edge and Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation were reverted back to the Government; and

Answer:

Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Ltd (LMSL)
Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Limited was not reverted back to the Government. Only the land of Lanka Marine Limited was taken back by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) in terms of a Supreme Court Order on 21st July 2008.

Waters Edge
Reverted date to Government – 8th February 2009

Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLICL)
Revered date to Government – 4th June 2009


(ii)    the profit and loss along with the balance sheet as at 31st December of the year and the date of transfer from the date it was privatized to-date on per year and per entity basis?

Answer:

Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Limited (LMSL)
Not Applicable.


Waters Edge – Profit / Loss
Year ended: 31.12.2008
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 80,304

Year ended: 01.02.2009 to 31.08.2009
Profit/ (Loss) – Rs. ‘000:   2,346

**Profit excluding interest and depreciation


Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited – Profit / Loss
Year ended: 31.12.2003
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 1,533,402

Year ended: 31.12.2004
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 631,772

Year ended: 31.12.2005
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 1,080,427

Year ended: 31.12.2006
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 559,703

Year ended: 31.12.2007
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 236,503

Year ended: 31.12.2008
Profit / (Loss) – Rs. ‘000: 583,685


b)    Will he state –

(i)    the amount that has been paid and the amount more that got to be paid to the entities that initially took over Lanka Marine Limited, Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation and Water’s Edge;

Answer:

Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Limited
Nil.


Waters Edge
Amount payable to private ownership in terms of the Court Order –
406 Million + Inventory cost (not yet been estimated)

Amount already paid by Government to Private Ownership –
No.

Amount to be paid by Government to private ownership –
406 Million + Inventory cost.


Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLICL)
Amount payable to private ownership in terms of the Court Order –
6,050 Million + Retained Profit form 11/04/2003 to 04/06/2009 (We have requested Attorney General (AG) to clarify on retained profit)

Amount already paid by Government to Private ownership –
No.

Amount to be paid by Government to private ownership –
Rs. 6,050 Million + Retained Profit


(ii)    the number of people worked at the time of handling over to the private entities, and at the time of reverting back to the Government; and

Answer:

Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Limited
Not Applicable.


Waters Edge
At the time of handing over to Private entities –
No employees

At the time of taking back to Government –
424 employees


Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLICL) –
At the time of handing over to Private entities –
2,977 Employees

At the time of taking back to Government –
2,051 employees


(iii)    the number of people that are working now?

Answer:

Lanka Marine Services (Pvt) Limited
Not Applicable.


Waters Edge
349 Employees


Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLICL)
2,018 employees.



c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Does not arise.


A briefing note on Parliamentary Question No. 0389/09


Lanka Marine Services (Private) Limited (LMSL)

Background
LMSL was established as a subsidiary of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) in 1993 under the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982 to take over the bunkering operations of the CPC. LMSL operates barges within the harbor and provides bunkers to ships calling in at the Colombo Port.

Restructuring Strategy
LMSL has a storage facility at Bloemendhal Road which has a capacity of 28,000 Metric Tonnes and three pipelines from the storage tanks to the Oil Jetty at the Colombo Port, where the two barges operated by LMSL are located. In order to make the Colombo Port as attractive destination for bunkering, the provision of bunkering services need to be competitive. In this regard, it is essential that certain infrastructure facilities currently utilized by LMSL be made available to any party wishing to provide bunkering services at the Colombo Port.

Bidding Process
The sale of 90% Shares of LMSL was carried out through a competitive bidding process. Advertisements calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) were placed in the local newspapers. A “Guidelines for Parties Expressing Interest” document was made available to all interested parties and on the due date received EOI’s from 17 parties.

Evaluation
The Technical Evaluation Committee (TEC) was appointed by the Secretary to the Treasury, to evaluate bids for the sale of 90% of shares of LMSL. The TEC evaluated the EOI’s based on the following criteria as specified in the Guidelines for parties Expressing Interest document.

•    Access to the Bunkers – tie up to a refinery that has exportable surplus
•    Volume of bunkers done in Regional Ports.
•    Tanker Company or tie up to one
•    Location of bunkering operations

The TEC shortlisted all parties who received a total 70 points or more out of 100. Thirteen parties were shortlisted based on the technical and financial capabilities. Confidential agreements signed by all the parties with the exception of Singapore Petroleum Company and were given Request for Proposal (RFP). Company background and general information, proposal and selection process and contractual agreement – Share Purchase and Sales Agreement were contained in the RFP.

A pre-proposal conference was also held on the 30th of April 2002 to clarify the questions that the bidders had regarding the procedure outlined in the RFP. The TEC selected five bidders out of the six final submissions of proposals.

PERC set the base price at Rs. 1.2 Billion based on the independent/professional business valuation done by DFCC Bank and informed the bidders by letter dated 25th June 2002 of the base price and that the Undertaking to Pay as described in the RFP document was due on the 10th July 2002.

The pre-selected bidder who offers the highest price on the day of bidding at the CSE will be deemed to be the successful bidder. Upon drawing down ion the Undertaking to Pay, the successful bidder will be immediately called upon to enter into the Share Sale and Purchase Agreement and Ancillary Agreements. In the event successful bidder does not comply, the second highest bidder will be selected.

John Keells Holdings Limited was the sole party that submitted the undertaking to pay by the required deadline. Therefore, the sale was not carried out through the CSE. 90% if Shares were divested to John Keells Holdings Limited on 20th August 2002 for Rs. 1.2 Billion based on the Cabinet approval obtained on 14th August 2002. The balance of 10% shares were gifted to its employees.

As a result of a Fundamental Rights case filed by Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the Supreme Court declared that within one month form 21st July 2008 restore possession of the land (an extent of 8A 2R 21.44P) to Sri Lanka Ports Authority.



Waters Edge Limited
Waters Edge property about 200 acres belonging to the Urban Development Authority  (UDA) was leased out to Asia Pacific Golf Course for a period of 99 years. This land was mainly kept as water retention area except of a small area of less than 04 acres, no construction was permitted. Since the lessee wished to construct a Golf Course he was permitted to do so on this land. Subsequently, further additional land was also leased out to the lessee who then subdivided this land into plots and sold them to various  persons with the concurrence of the UDA. Purchasers of these plots were given free hold title by the UDA.

In November 2008, Supreme Court cancelled the lease agreement and reverted the land back to the UDA.

In respect of the Restaurant and other facilities, since there were nearly 400 employees, the Supreme Court appointed a Board of Management consisting of –

Dr. P. Ramanujam – Chairman
Mr. Prema Cooray
Mr. Sanjeev Gardiner
Ms. Kimarli Fernando
Mr. Ismeth Raheem
Mr. Sudath Karunanayake

to manage the facilities so that the employment of the workers was ensured. Subsequently, the Cabinet appointed three Service Commanders and a Representative of Treasury to the Board of Management.

Supreme Court further ordered that the UDA or the newly formed Waters Edge Limited should pay Asia Pacific Golf Course Limited the cost of construction of the building and cost of the inventories taken over by the Waters Edge Limited. The total payment to Asia Pacific Golf Courses consists of building cost of Rs. 406 Million and the cost of inventories about Rs. 50 Million. A total of nearly Rs. 456 Million. This is yet to be paid to the Asia Pacific Golf Course Limited, since there is an injunction, as the persons who have purchased plots of land have intervened in the Supreme Court requesting the return of their money.

At present Waters Edge Limited continues to function under the new management and after initial set back due to the uncertainty that prevailed in the early months of operation it has now recovered and running at a profit.


Re-divesture of 90% Shares of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Limited (SLICL)

Background
The SLIC was converted from being a Corporation into a Limited Liability Company under the Conversion of Public Corporations or Government Owned Business Undertakings into Public Companies Act No. 23 of 1987 in February 1993.

The Company need the Management and Technical skills necessary to compete effectively in the market. The Company also needed expertise and upgrading of its technology to increase capacity and efficiency of operations. It was expected that the Private Sector to address these issues more efficiently than the Government and service better the interest of the Policy holders.

Restructuring Strategy
On 20th July 2001, a Core Group was appointed by the Secretary to the Treasury to recommend on the restructuring of SLIC.

The Hon. Minister of Economic Reform, Science and Technology appointed a Steering Committee on 21.01.2002 to advise the Government on the restructure of SLIC.

The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on 3rd April, 2002 approved the divesture of 90% of the shares of SLIC to strategic investor and for 10% of the shares or its equivalent in cash to be gifted to the employees of the Company.

In terms of the above Cabinet decision, Financial Advisors were also appointed to advise and assist in the conduct of the transaction.

Bidding Process
Expressions of Interest were called for the purchase of 90% of shares of SLIC, through advertisements place in the international and local print media, beginning mid July 2002.

17 parties expressed interest in the transaction.

The parties who expressed interest were given the Information Memorandum and other information containing details of SLIC.

Six parties submitted Preliminary Technical Proposals out of which five parties were short-listed to move forward into the final bidding stage based on the information provided. These investors were then given detailed information about SLIC through the Data Room and were invited to submit Final Technical and Financial Proposals.

Three parties submitted Final Technical and Financial Proposals.

Evaluation
A Cabinet appointed Tender Board (CATB) and a Technical Evaluation Committee appointed by the Secretary to the Treasury evaluated the bids for the purchase of SLIC.

The technical bids were evaluated by TEC with the assistance of the financial advisor, PricewaterhouseCoopers and presented its recommendations to the CATB.

Negotiations were held with both the bidders with a view to seeking clarifications on the terms of the technical bids and to obtain the best possible price. After the negotiations and clarifications, Distilleries Consortium and Commercial Bank Consortium offered final bid prices of Rs. 6,050 Million and 3,600 Million respectively for 90% Shares of SLIC.

Distilleries Consortium offer of Rs. 6,050 Million was higher than the valuation of the Financial Advisors PricewaterhouseCoopers, which reflected a valuation range of Rs. 5,100 – Rs. 5,400 Million for 100% Shares of SLIC.

The CATB agreed with the recommendations of the TEC on the sale of 90% Shares of SLIC as a price of Rs. 6,050 Million to the Distilleries Consortium.

The Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting held on 2nd April 2003, accepted the offer made by Distilleries Consortium for the purchase of 90% of the Shares of SLIC at Rs. 6,050 Million.

90% of the Shares of SLIC was transferred to Milford Holdings (Private) Limited and Distilleries Consortium on the 11th April 2003 and the GOSL, Milford Holdings Private Limited, Greenfield Pacific EM Holdings Limited and Distilleries Consortium signed a Share Sale and Purchase Agreement setting out inter alia  the conditions of sale cleared  by the Attorney General.

In terms of Clause 4A of the above Share Sale and Purchase Agreement, an Adjustment of Consideration to be made on the increase/decrease of “Net Working Capital” of the Company between 31.03.2002 and the date of sale of the share i.e. 11.04.2003, within two months of the sale. However, this became a dispute among GOSL and the purchaser.

As a result of a Fundamental Rights case filed by Mr. Vasudeva Nanayakkara, the Supreme Court ordered SLIC to be vested with the Government with effect from 4th June 2009.

Oral Questions - Tuesday 20th October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 20th October 2009




1.    0689/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Transport –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the profit / loss of Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) for the last 05 years to-date on per year basis; and

Answer:

Year: 2004
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 4,327,898,955.00
Revenue (Rs.): 1,678,082,957.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 2,649,815,9976.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 39%

Year: 2005
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 5,511,762,037.00
Revenue (Rs.): 1,958,082,175.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 3,553,679,861.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 35%

Year: 2006
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 6,472,574,116.00
Revenue (Rs.): 2,491,261,936.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 3,981,312,179.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 38%

Year: 2007
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 7,296,676,147.00
Revenue (Rs.): 2,999,325,586.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 4,297,350,561.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 41%

Year: 2008
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 8,224,567,543.00
Revenue (Rs.): 3,671,386,934.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 4,553,180,609.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 47%


(ii)    the number of staff members working on permanent and casual basis for the last 05 years?

Answer:

Year: 2004
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,806
No. of Casual Employees: 1,367

Year: 2005
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,469
No. of Casual Employees: 891

Year: 2006
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,111
No. of Casual Employees: 1,777

Year: 2007
No. of Permanent Employees: 14,600
No. of Casual Employees: 2,767

Year: 2008
No. of Permanent Employees: 16,597
No. of Casual Employees: 1,529


b)    Will he state for the last 05 years on per year basis –

(i)    the date that the railway fares were increased; and

Answer:

5th January 2004
Fares were increased by 60% for Urban and Suburban regions and by 40% for other regions.

1st March 2004
Revision of all fares by 50% to eliminate fore irregularity existed as at 1st April 2004.

1st August 2005
Revision of existing fare by 40% to 90%

1st June 2008
Revision of existing fare by 90% to 150%

1st December 2008
Reduction of fare by 10% on all train tickets exceeding the value of Rs. 20.00 as effected by the fare revision of 1st June 2008.

(ii)    the revenue and cost?

Answer:

Revenue

Year: 2004
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 994,207,477
Season Tickets (Rs.): 271,953,132
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 58,837,647
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 260,769,699
Various othe receipts (Rs.): 92,315,000
Total Revenue (Rs.): 1,678,082,957

Year: 2005
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,148,074,677
Season Tickets (Rs.): 331,193,171
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 59,015,753
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 270,084,995
Various other receipts (Rs.): 149,713,577
Total Revenue (Rs.): 1,958,082,175

Year: 2006
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,385,478,549
Season Tickets (Rs.): 440,657,934
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 73,189,725
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 319,326,611
Various other receipts (Rs.): 272,609,116
Total Revenue (Rs.): 2,491,261,936

Year: 2007
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,586,218,967
Season Tickets (Rs.): 446,842,481
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 99,103,534
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 314,087,277
Various other receipts (Rs.): 553,073,324
Total Revenue (Rs.): 2,999,325,586

Year: 2008
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 2,024,355,362
Season Tickets (Rs.): 698,988,307
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 106,878,450
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 363,446,321
Various other receipts (Rs.): 477,718,492
Total Revenue (Rs.): 3,671,386,934

Expenditure

Year: 2004
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 4,327,898,955
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 2,307,919,276
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 6,635,818,231

Year: 2005
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 5,511,762,037
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 2,901,675,040
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 8,413,437,077

Year: 2006
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 6,472,574,116
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 3,600,037,519
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 10,072,611,636

Year: 2007
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 7,296,676,147
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 6,056,954,455
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 13,353,630,602

Year: 2008
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 8,224,567,543
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 10,276,929,657
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 18,501,497,201



c)    Will he also state the total debt for SLR as at 2002 to 2008 and as at to date in 2009?

Answer:

Date: 31.12.2002
Credit Amount (Rs.): 1,808,003,298.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2003
Credit Amount (Rs.): 925,984,230.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2004
Credit Amount (Rs.): 820,837,005.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2005
Credit Amount (Rs.): 93,929,628.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2006
Credit Amount (Rs.): 90,833,875.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2007
Credit Amount (Rs.): 2,059,122,070.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2008
Credit Amount (Rs.): 2.231.793,612.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.08.2009
Credit Amount (Rs.): 1,219,340,914.00
Present State: Amount to be settled in future



d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not relevant.




2.    0690/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Transport –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the profit / loss of Sri Lanka Central Transport Board (SLCTB) for the last 05 years to-date on per year basis; and

(ii)    the number of staff members working on permanent and casual basis for the last 05 years?



b)    Will he state for the last 05 years on per year basis –

(i)    the date that the bus fares were increased; and

(ii)    the revenue and cost?



c)    Will he also state the total debt for SLCTB as at 2002 to 2008 and as at to-date in the year 2009?



d)    If not, why?




3.    0708/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services, –

a)    Will he inform this House for the last 05 years –

(i)    10 locally grown agricultural commodities imported to the country;

Answer:

(1)    Rice
(2)    Chillies
(3)    Green Gram
(4)    Cow Pea
(5)    Potato
(6)    Red Onions
(7)    Big Onions
(8)    Soya Bean
(9)    Maize
(10)    Millet - Kurakkan


(ii)    the quantity imported per year on per item basis;

Answer:

Annexure 1

Item: Potato

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 28,013,855
2005 – 40,745,861
2006 – 46,554,190
2007 – 85,928,887
2008 – 99,352,631

Item: Red Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 -   2,693,227
2005 – 10,233,439
2006 – 10,858,906
2007 – 23,754,386
2008 – 26,853,871

Item: Big Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 115,119,860
2005 – 110,712,710
2006 – 119,478,279
2007 – 140,727,575
2008 – 146,601,643

Item: Green Gram

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 12,672,692
2005 -   9,321,392
2006 – 11,494,720
2007 – 12,764,043
2008 – 13,728,284

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 117,750
2005 – 242,894
2006 – 349,250
2007 – 575,255
2008 – 745,309

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,920,331
2005 – 1,803,269
2006 – 2,004,665
2007 – 2,657,603
2008 – 2,609,047

Item: Chillies

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 24,323,004
2005 – 27,260,644
2006 – 29,410,414
2007 – 31,241,868
2008 -   5,881,662

Item: Maize

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 148,782,048
2005 – 146,848,744
2006 –   83,695,472
2007 –   78,365,820
2008 –   82,488,375

Item: Rice

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 221,662,693
2005 –   51,728,642
2006 –   11,536,405
2007 –   88,003,362
2008 –   84,056,934

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,607,101
2005 – 1,308,138
2006 –    211,500
2007 –          960
2008 – 2,444,541


(iii)    the domestic consumption of these items along with the actually grown quantity in the country;

Answer:

Annexure 2

Maha Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares
2004 – 469,000
2005 – 570,000
2006 – 586,000
2007 – 512,,000
2008 – 568,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,781
2007 – 4,306
2008 – 5,023

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,438
2005 – 6,889
2006 – 6,174
2007 – 6,093
2008 – 7,123

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,592
2005 – 7,262
2006 – 6,960
2007 – 6,231
2008 – 7,655

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,532
2005 – 3,025
2006 – 2,457
2007 – 2,212
2008 – 1,618

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,039
2005 – 2,690
2006 – 2,715
2007 – 2,731
2008 – 2,487

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 76
2005 – 185
2006 – 313
2007 – 250
2008 – 219

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 20,275
2005 – 23,905
2006 – 26,310
2007 – 27,095
2008 – 42,864

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 10,103
2007 – 9,048
2008 – 9,883

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 178
2005 – 359
2006 – 427
2007 -  289
2008 – 219

Yala Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares

2004 – 251,000
2005 – 345,000
2006 – 314,000
2007 – 284,000
2008 – 464,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 1,129
2007 – 1,101
2008 – 1,056

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,169
2005 – 2,754
2006 – 2,526
2007 – 2,673
2008 – 2,233

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,073
2005 – 4,098
2006 – 3,690
2007 – 4,403
2008 – 4,496

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,963
2005 – 2,576
2006 – 2,837
2007 – 3,124
2008 – 3,251

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,352
2005 – 3,100
2006 – 3,513
2007 – 2,879
2008 – 2,391

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,999
2005 – 4,367
2006 – 6,501
2007 – 6,738
2008 – 3,871

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,146
2005 – 4,496
2006 – 5,692
2007 – 7,086
2008 – 8,744

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,787
2007 – 5,035
2008 – 4,920

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 1,116
2005 – 2,721
2006 – 2,635
2007 – 2,567
2008 – 1,007


Domestic Consumption 2006 / 2007

Item / Kilograms

Rice:
White – 951,668
Samba – 393,407
Nadu – 641,474
Basmathi – 945

Kurakkan – 6,128
Green Gram – 11,087
Cow Pea – 5,588
Potato – 102,859
Red Onions – 49,172
Big Onions – 125,896
Maize – 3,097
Chillie – 35,504
Soya Beans – 1,647


(iv)    the duty component imposed on these items; and

Answer:

Annexure 3


(v)    the reason for not to grow domestically?

Answer:

-    Unfavourable climate condition
-    Unsuitable soil condition
-    Non availability of high quality seeds
-    Farmers do not show an interest to cultivate some crops
-    Some subsidy schemes are limited to specific crops



b)    Will he state –

(i)    whether fertilizer subsidies are being given at the moment;

Answer:

Yes,


(ii)    if so, the tonnage been given on per year and per item basis; and

Answer:

Annexure 4


(iii)    another five (05) agricultural items promoted at the moment?

Answer:

(1)    Dry Chillie
(2)    Big Onions
(3)    Potato
(4)    Maize
(5)    Green Gram



c)    If not why?

Answer:

Not applicable.

Oral Questions - 09th October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Friday 9th October 2009



1.    0536/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Industrial Development, –

a)    Will he inform this House—

(i)    the date on which Steel Corporation was privatized;

(ii)    the number of employees at the time of privatization;

(iii)    the person who bought the Government Institution then;

(iv)    the amount paid to the Government;

(v)    the amount of taxes paid to the Government of Sri Lanka;

(vi)    the owner of it now; and

(vii)    the number of employees there now?


b)    Will he state for over the last 10 years—

(i)    the total requirement of steel in the country; and

(ii)    the local production compared to the market share of the country?


c)    If not, why?




2.    0537/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Plantation Industries, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the date that British Ceylon Corporation (BCC) was taken over as a Government Owned Business Undertaking (GOBU);

Answer:

On 25th February 1972

(ii)    whether the BCC paid Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) in 2005 or 2006 and got rid of the staff;

Answer:

The Staff was got rid in 2006 under a Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

(iii)    if so, the amount been paid; and

Answer:

Rs. 247.205 Million

(iv)    the number of staff members by then?

Answer:

A number of 481 employees.


b)    Will he state –

(i)    the reason for which some people have been taken back as workers of BCC, after paying VRS; and

Answer:

As a limited number of production activities which could be carried out at a profit, have been started, on a policy decision made after re-investigation.


(ii)    the profit as of 01st August, 2009 on per month basis from 2006?

Answer:

The profit as of 1st August 2009 from 2006 is Rs. 34,425,000.00


c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not relevant.

Oral Questions - Thursday 08th October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 8th October 2009



1.    0533/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition –

a)    Will he inform this House—
(i)    the number of hospitals that are operative at Provincial level and National level as at;
01st July 2009
01st July 2002
01st July 1995; and

(ii)    the number of doctors as at today, along with the amount of salaries separately, at Provincial level and National level?


b)    Will he state the patient to doctor ratio?


c)    Will he also state the number of patients admitted to hospitals annually for the last 5 years?


d)    If not, why?




2.    0534/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Education, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of schools that are operative at Provincial level and National level as at;
01st July 2009
01st July 2002
01st July 1995; and

(ii)    the number of teachers as at today along with the amount of salaries separately as Provincial level and National level?


b)    Will he state the student to teacher ratio?


c)    Will he also state the number of children admitted to Grade 1 classes annually for the last 5 years?


d)    If not, why?

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