National Migration Health Policy of Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka National Migration Health Policy aims to engage all
relevant sectors and agencies responsible to ensure the health of
migrants throughout the migration process. Sri Lanka has recognized that
outbound, internal and inbound migrants and the families left behind by
outbound migrants are the key groups considered in this policy. The
above proposal made by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena was approved
by the Cabinet. Salient features of this Policy are:
Outbound migrants and families left behind
* Ensure the health and social well-being of all migrants by
guaranteeing their access to decent and productive employment in
conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity;
* Ensure health protection for Sri Lankan migrant workers by entering
into Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with countries
that employ Sri Lankan migrant workers; and
* Develop and implement a coordinated plan to address the welfare
needs of single parent families where the single parent migrates for
* Develop a National Programme that addresses specific nutritional
issues of vulnerable internal migrant population; and
* Ensure access to primary health care for internal migrant
population, in partnership with private sector health care providers.
* Ensure that the migration process does not endanger the health of
the migrant or the host population;
* Identify and address conditions of public health concern to
mitigate the impact of the migrants; disease burden on national health
or social services; and
* Promote Sri Lanka as a country with high health standards.
Rehabilitation, Upgrading and Modernization of Small and Medium
There are 265 small and medium industrial firms engaged in
manufacturing in the 18 Industrial Estates and these establishments
provide direct employment to over 6,900 persons.
The project components include the renovation of internal road
networks, peripheral security, fencing, water supply and sewerage
improvements, internal street lighting, fire protection systems and
worker welfare facilities.
The proposal made by Traditional Industries and Small Enterprise
Development Minister Douglas Devananda to proceed with the project at a
cost of Rs. 305.5 million, with funds to be provided from 2013 to 2015,
was approved by the Cabinet.
Self employment loans for rehabilitated
Implementation of the second Phase of providing of loan facilities
for self employment in respect of persons rehabilitated and
re-integrated into the society.
The number of persons rehabilitated and re-integrated into the
society after the conflict situation which prevailed in the Northern and
Eastern Provinces, stands at 11,573. Steps were initiated to provide Rs.
300 million in the form of loans to 1,549 beneficiaries from the
Northern and Eastern Provinces, through State Banks for self-employment
purposes. The proposal made by Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms
Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera to provide Rs. 525 million to provide
loans to a further 4,724 rehabilitated persons, was approved by the
Maternity Hospital Project for Galle
Implementation of the Project for completion of the Maternity
Hospital, Galle with the financial assistance of Euro 28 million from
the KfW Bank (Kreditanstalt fur Weideraufbau) of Germany - The Helmut
Kohl - Galle Maternity Hospital Foundation initiated for the
construction of a new Maternity Hospital in Galle, after the tsunami
which in December 2004. The proposal made by Health Minister Maithripala
Sirisena to proceed with the above project with financial assistance in
a sum of Euro 28 million to be provided by KfW Bank of Germany, was
approved by the Cabinet.
Construction of a Four-Storied Resource Centre and an Auditorium for
the Public Administration and Home Affairs Ministry
The proposal made by Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister
W. D. J. Senviratne to proceed with the construction of the above
project at an estimated cost of Rs. 271.7 million with funds to be made
available under the Medium Term Budgetary Framework 2014-2016 and to
select a contractor for the purpose through limited competitive bidding
process, was approved by the Cabinet.
Local Authorities Filling of Vacancies (Special Provisions) Bill
The proposal made by Local Government and Provincial Councils
Minister A. L. M. Athaullah to submit the above Bill prepared by the
Legal Draftsman, to Parliament for approval, was approved by the
Cabinet. This amendment is for the purpose of filling of vacancies in
the Office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor of a Member, elected to any Local
Authority under the provisions of the Local Authorities Elections
Ordinance (Chapter 262).
The Annual Performance Report, 2012 of the Economic Development
The proposal made by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa to
present the above Annual Performance Report to Parliament, was approved
by the Cabinet. Some of the salient features are as follows:
*'Divi Neguma' National Programme - this programme was implemented
under the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Enterprise Development
Sectors and a sum of Rs. 2,912.98 million had been spent in 2012 for the
*Agriculture Sector - a sum of Rs. 1,559.81 million had been spent in
2012 for the supply of inputs such as, seeds and plants etc. for this
*Livestock Sector - a sum of Rs. 365 million had been spent in 2012
for this sector.
*Social Security - Samurdhi Programme - a sum of Rs. 10,553 million
had been distributed among 1,549,107 families in 2012 for the uplift of
living standards of low income groups.
*Programmes have also been implemented under the 'Gama Neguma' and 'Pura
Neguma' Projects in 2012.
*Development and renovation works in the Northern and Easter
Provinces - a sum of Rs. 3,310.93 million had been invested for the
development of roads in the Northern Province and Rs. 1,149.83 million
for such works in the Eastern Province. Rs. 717.24 million was spent for
the supply of electricity in the Districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi and