Cabinet decisions

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Amendment to Rupavahini Corporation Act

 Cabinet approved to publish the Draft Bill of the amendment to Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act No. 6 of 1982.

Cabinet approved on 4 January 2021 to amend the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation Act No. 6 of 1982, including provisions to enable appointment of a representative from the Treasury and the Secretary of the subject Ministry or his representative to the Board of Directors of Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation.

Amendment of Rubber Act

Cabinet has approved to amend the Rubber Control Act No. 11 of 1956 and Rubber Replanting Subsidy Act No. 36 of 1953.

Instructions have been given to amend legal provisions to wind up statutory funds which are inactive  as per the provision 423 of the Public Finance circular. Measures have been taken to liquidate both the Rubber Control Fund effective under the Rubber Control Act No. 11 of 1956 and the Rubber Replanting Subsidy Fund set up under the Rubber Replanting Subsidy Act No. 36 of 1953. The two Acts have to be amended since there is no further requirement of existing provisions in the Acts with regard to the aforementioned funds.

Amendment of Industrial Disputes Act

Cabinet approved to publish the draft bill of the amendment of section 46 of Industrial Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950 in the Gazette and submit it to Parliament subsequently to obtain approval.

From the time of initiation of Labour Tribunals, opportunities have been granted for trade union representatives and representatives who are not Attorneys-at-Law to appear before Labour Tribunals representing stakeholders equally as the Attorneys-at-Law. However, various issues emerged with regard to appearing of representatives who are not Attorneys-at-Law before labour tribunals. With the objective of circumventing such circumstances, approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted at their meeting held on 21 February 2017 to amend the Labour Disputes Act No. 43 of 1950 to enable appearing for a representative on behalf of the aggrieved party from whom the power of representing is granted before a labour tribunal.

MoU to implement the Voluntary Cooperation Program 2020 – 2027 with the World University Service in Canada

The World University Service in Canada is implementing a voluntary collaboration programme in Sri Lanka for 30 years to provide education, employment and empowerment opportunities to improve the lives of millions of disadvantaged women and youth around the world. Under the MoU signed between the two parties, the programmes have been implemented under this from 2015 to 2020.

The programme has not been implemented in Sri Lanka for the past two years due to Covid-19 travel restrictions and it is proposed to re-sign an MoU in this regard. Cabinet approved the proposal. with a grant of Canadian USD 2.76 million. (TR)