Information and Cyber Protection Policy for State institutions
Cabinet approved to implement the information and cyber protection policy in relation to government institutions.
Although there is a trend in state institutions to operate on digital systems, the information and information technology systems of those institutions are exposed to extreme risk due to insufficient attention being paid to information and cyber protection, utilisation of age–old technology as well as shortage of skilled staff required for cyber security management in the State sector. In order to control the situation, the Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT) has drafted the information and cyber protection policy for State institutions in concurrence with the National Information and Cyber Security Strategy of Sri Lanka 2019-2023 adhering to the recognised international information protection standards. It is compulsory to implement this policy by all the State institutions defined as the ‘Competent Authority’ in the Right to Information Act No. 12 of 2016.
MoU for cooperation in agricultural sector
Cabinet approved to sign the MoU for cooperation in the agricultural sector.
The MoU is between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries Resources and Water Resources of the Sultanate of Oman and the Ministry of Agriculture in relation to agriculture sector cooperation.
Amendment of Carriage by Air Act
Cabinet approved the resolution furnished by the Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Aviation to take necessary measures to amend the Carriage by Air Act No. 29 of 2018.
The Gazette Notification published on 22.01.2021 indicates the limitations of international civil aviation responsibilities as per the Montreal Protocol, yet, such escalated responsibilities would be an obstacle to improve the aviation industry in Sri Lanka. Therefore, a committee has been appointed to review the responsibility limitations of the Carriage by Air Act to consider releasing the local aviation industry from those responsibilities. The committee has recommended that it is appropriate to introduce amendments to sections 2, 5, and 8 of the Carriage by Air Act.
Amendment of responsibilities entrusted with STC
Cabinet approved to amend the responsibilities entrusted with the State Timber Corporation (STC) to cater to contemporary requirements.
The State Timber Corporation was set up subject to a Gazette Notification dated 04.04.1968 under the provisions of the State Industrial Corporations Act No. 49 of 1957.
Submission of Rehabilitation Bureau draft Bill to Parliament
Cabinet approved to publish the draft bill of the Rehabilitation Bureau in the Government Gazette and submit it to Parliament for approval.
Cabinet approval was granted at the Cabinet meeting held on 19.04.2021 to establish a rehabilitation bureau to treat, rehabilitate, post–protection, and related activities in relation to drug addicts, warriors of war, violent extremist groups. The Attorney General’s clearance has been obtained for the draft bill to be presented to Parliament.
Loans on subsidised interest for students training in NCEs
Cabinet approved a maximum Rs. 10,000 per month to a trainee, in addition to allowance currently being paid, through a State bank on subsidised interest basis.
National Colleges of Education (NCE) offer teacher training with two years of institutional training and one year internship for those who passed G.C.E.( A /L) examination. A teacher trainee is paid Rs 5000 during the training period in the NCE which is inadequate. Colleges of Education do not provide accommodation for the one-year internship period and trainees have to bear all expenses such as accommodation and travelling. (TR)