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Question No: 1308/11 – 20.12.2011

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP to ask the Hon. Minister of Health

a)    I)    Cost for the year of 2010    -    Rs.2,724,250/=
Cost for the year of 2011    -    Rs.4,797,000/=

ii)    As the valuer assesses the monthly rent for the entire building, the rate for a square foot has not been given.
iii)    Please see the Annexure 01.

b)     I)    Vehicles have been hired on hiring basis in two occasions during the period January
2011 to November on the monthly payment of Rs.39,950/-.  The total money spent up to November 2011 is Rs.424,846/=.  No vehicle is leased or rented after the month of November.
ii)    158.

iii)    
iv)        Please see the Annexure 02.
v)
vi)

c)    Does not arise.


Dr. Ravindra Ruberu
Secretary,
Ministry of Health

Oral Question Answer Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke MP in Parliament on 19th Jan 2012 - QNo.0656/1​0

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a)    (i)    Will he state the 10 biggest government departments in the country;


1    Department of Police    1    Department of Police

2    Department of Sri Lanka Railways    2    Department of Sri Lanka Railways

3    Department of Posts    3    Department of Irrigation

4    Department of Agrarian Development    4    Department of Prisons

5    Department of Agriculture    5    Department of Agrarian Development

6    Department of Surveyor General    6    Department of Agriculture

7    Department of Prisons    7    Department of Census and Statistics

8    Department of Irrigation    8    Department of Surveyor General

9    Department of Technical Education and Training    9    Department of Customs

10    Department of Customs    10    Department of Examination

 


ii)    as to how they are deemed as within the 10 biggest department;

Based on the highest human resources and largest financial allocation,

 


iii)    the capital deployed in to each entity and the number of workers at present;

Human Resources/Number of Employees and Provisions Allocated for 2011

 

iv)    the profit and loss of each department for the last 5 years to date on per year basis;

Government departments are required to provide a public service and do not generate profit.  Recurrent and capital expenditure of these departments are provided by the consolidated fund and if they generate additional income, such income is credited to the consolidated fund.

v)    the market share of each department;

Does not arise.

b)    will he state whether the loss making entities out of aforesaid departments could be made profitable;

Does not arise.

c)    If not, why;

Does not arise.

Oral Question Answer Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke in Parliament on 18th Jan 2012 QN.0653/10

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Parliamentary Question No.0653/10

Hon. Ravi Karunanayake  - To ask the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs  - (1)

Question:    (a)    Will he inform this House  -

(i)    The amount of money allocated to the commission to investigate Bribery or Corruption for the last 08 years, on per year basis;

Answer    The amounts of money allocated to the Commission to investigate Bribery or Corruption for the last 08 years are as follows:

 

Question:    (a)

ii)    the number of complaints made and the number of cases investigated;

Answer:    The number of complaints received by the commission yearly during the aforesaid period and the number of cases referred for investigation each year are given below separately:

 

Question:    (a)

iii)    the number of cases convicted?

Answer:    Yes, the number of cases convicted during the said period are as follows:-

 


Question:    (b)    Will he admit that -

i)    there are much more bribery and corruption cases to be investigated than the number of cases convicted;

Answer:    Once the Commission is satisfied that of the complaints received there are complaints that call for investigation, the orders would be given for investigation.

Question:    (b)

ii)    the Commission lost its efficiency and the independency?

Answer:    No.

Question:    (c)    Will he state -

i)    If (b) (ii) is invalid, the reason for the prevailing situation in the Commission and the remedy for it;

Answer:    Since this Commission is currently fully functional there is no need for remedial measures to be taken.

Question:    (c)

ii)    whether the bribery and corruption is a curse and a road block to fight development;

Answer:    It is an accepted fact that the prevalence of bribery and corruption will seriously affect a country’s development.

Question:    (c)

iii)    if so, as to why a non-political and totally independent Commission is not being established to root out corruptions?

Answer:    This problem will not arise in view of the fact that there is already such a commission in operation.

Question:    (d)    If not, why?

Answer:    Does not arise.

Oral Question Answer Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke in Parliament on 17th Jan 2012 QN.0599/10

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Replies to the Oral Question No.0599/10 to be asked in Parliament by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake from the            Hon. Minister of Sports on Tuesday 17th January 2012.

a)    (i) Advance programme of tournaments prepared in respect of Sri Lanka Cricket Team..............

Oral Question Answer Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke in Parliament on 17th Jan 2012 QN.0647/10

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a)    Will he admit that during 2009 January – May, an active shortage of foreign exchange was prevailing in the country;

A deficit of liquidity arose in the local exchange market due to the withdrawal of capital by foreign investors to their own countries in the face of adverse global circumstances in the first half of the year 2009.  Outflow of foreign exchange was in a high level in the first quarter of the year 2009 owing to the outflow of foreign investments made on treasury bills and bonds as a result of the global economic crisis as well as non-reinvestment at the maturity of short term debts and payment of petroleum bills of high value.  Accordingly, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka mediated in the market activities in order to maintain the liquidity of the local foreign exchange market adequately.  Accordingly, US $ million 546 was supplied to the market by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka in the first quarter of the year 2009.


A rapid increase was shown in the foreign exchange inflow from the middle of the month of April 2009 with the presumption that the conflicts in the North and East would come to an end within a short period of time.  US $ million 160 was absorbed from the local foreign exchange market by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka due to the increase of foreign exchange inflows within the month of April and May in the year 2009. As a result, the exchange reserves in possession of the Central Bank increased and the exporters were protected with the enormous appreciation of the rupee.

b)    Will he state –

i)    The names of the various schemes offered by the Central Bank in order to attract foreign exchange;

•    Granting a bonus interest in rupees on interest earnings.

A bonus interest in rupees was granted on its interest earnings with effect from 01st February 2009 with the aim of encouraging deposits of residential and non-residential foreign currency accounts.


•     Promotion of Investments

Investments on treasury bills and bonds were promoted among Sri Lankans living abroad.

•    Simplification of Exchange Control Regulations.

Exchange Control Regulations were simplified with the aim of promoting direct foreign investments.


•     Initiating exchange facilities with a central bank in the region.

Steps were taken to initiate exchange facilities with a Central Bank in the region.


•     Stand by arrangement facility from the International Monetary Fund.

Actions were taken to acquire the standby arrangement facilities from the International Monetary Fund.


ii)    The schemes still remain out of them;

•    Further simplification of exchange control regulations for the promotion of investments.

•    Stand by arrangement facility of International Monetary Fund.

•    Exchange facilities made with a Central Bank in the region.

iii)    Whether there was a special 20% added on to NRFC account holder and it is still functioning?

A bonus interest was granted on interest earnings of residential and non-residential foreign currency accounts with effect 01st of February 2009.  However, the said interest bonus payments were suspended with effect from 01st of October 2009 with the increase of foreign exchange inflows.

c)    Will he also state –

i) The schemes offered by the Budget of 2009 and in mid-2009 to encourage the savings;

The under mentioned scheme was implemented in 2009 to encourage savings.

Tax on Interest Income

Withholding Tax (WHT) on interest received by money deposits in a financial institution was reduced as mentioned below.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2012 03:40

Question for oral answers – 06th December – 1532/’11

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Ministry of Defence
Seventh Parliament 1st Session, Order Book No.4(8).]
14th November 2011
Question for oral answers – 06th December – 1532/’11


Hon Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Prime Minister and Minister of Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs.

Will he inform this House-

Whether Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation has embarked on converting some lands in Colombo District as water retention lakes ;

If so, the locations of those water retention lakes;

The cost incurred per lake to be enlarged; and

The additional volume of water that can be retained after the above conversion?

Will he also state –

Whether the existing lakes in Colombo District have been dredged and de-silted;

If so, as to when it was done; and

The cost incurred for de-silting and dredging?

Will he state whether the sluice gates established in Wellawatta, Ratmalana and near the Colombo Harbor in order to drain out the water from land to sea have been widened?

If not, why?

Answers

Yes.

Diyawanna Lake, Battaramulla

Rampalawaththa Lake, Pelawaththa.

Thalawathugoda Lake Thalawathugoda

Diyawanna Lake        - 192,400.00 m3

Rampalwaththa Lake        - 166,000.00 m3

Thalawathugoda Lake         - 476,000.00 m3

No.

Not relevant.

Not relevant


Approved.

Sgd/Gotabaya Rajapakse RWP RSP psc
Secretary
Ministry of Defence & Urban Development
No.

Those were adequately cleaned.


(S. Hettiarachchi)

Addl. Secretary (Defence)

Ministry of Defence & Urban

Development on   05 November 2011
Last Updated on Friday, 09 December 2011 00:40

Budget Speech Hon. Mr. Ravi Karunanaya​ke in Parliament on 02nd Dec 2011

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Parliamentary Questions for Oral Answers – 1527/’11
03th December 2011


Hon.  Ravi Karunanayake, MP – To ask the Hon. Minister of Plantation Industries

a)     (i)    331mn kg (Year 2010)
(ii)    1603 kg per hectare (Year 2010)

b)    (i)     4160mn kg (Year 2010)

(ii)     17.3% (Year 2010)
(iii)      China, India, Kenya, Vietnam, Turkey, Indonesia, Japan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Uganda, Malawii, Tanzania, Rwanda, Myanmar, Iran, Taiwan, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, Burundi, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cameroon, Korea, Georgia, South Africa, Congo, Peru, Russian Federation, Malaysia, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Australia, Moriches.

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