Hon. Indika Anuruddha Herath,— To ask the Minister of Home Affairs,—
(a) Will he inform this House —
(i) of the measures that have been tak...
(i) of the measures that have been taken at present to fill the existing vacancies for volunteer Grama Niladharis;
(ii) whether the government has made some arrangements in regard to the retired Grama Niladharis;
(iii) whether Grama Niladharis who work on Divisional Secretariat Division basis can be transferred (whether divisions assigned to them can be changed); and
(iv) of the number of years for which a Grama Niladhari can serve in a particular division?
(b) If not, why?
Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana,— To ask the Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development,—
(a) Is he aware that—
(i) a project of dredging Batticaloa lagoon closer to the sand Bar had taken place in 1980; and
(ii) this project was stopped half-way due to terrorist activities?
(b) Is he also aware that the outcome of this project will have the following benefits—
(i) there will not be annual closing of the mouth that connects the sea and lagoon;
(ii) lagoon fishermen will have the fishing benefits throughout the year;
(iii) deep sea fishing boats and trawlers will have easy access to lagoon for anchoring;
(iv) paddy fields will not be damaged during floods as the flood water will be quickly drawn to the sea; and
(v) flood water will easily be drawn to the sea minimizing flood relief efforts to be undertaken by the government?
(c) Will he inform this House—
(i) whether action will be taken to re-commence this project; and
(ii) if so, when?
(d) If not, why?
Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana,— To ask the Minister of Education,—
(i) a question was raised on 0...
(i) a question was raised on 02.12.2016 regarding 41 teacher trainees posted to Vanni district from Teachers Colleges without conducting the final examination;
(ii) the State Minister in his reply assured to take necessary action and give a reply again, but the issue has not been rectified yet;
(iii) these teachers could not sit for the final examination due to not conducting the final examination by the Ministry immediately after the training; and
(iv) it will be a violation of the fundamental rights of these teachers by giving them a separate effective date for their appointments, who sat for the final examination with their junior batch?
(b) Will he inform this House—
(i) whether same effective date be given for appointments of those 41 teachers; and
(ii) whether it is wrong to use the terminology “Teacher Trainee” while undergoing training in the teachers’ colleges prior to become trained teachers?
(c) If not, why?
Hon. Vidura Wickramanayaka,— To ask the Minister Industry and Commerce,—
(i) the loan scheme named SMILE III was impl...
(i) the loan scheme named SMILE III was implemented for the small and medium scale industries and micro industries on a concessionary interest rate and with a two years grace period in order to empower entrepreneurs;
(ii) the Project Director published newspaper advertisements on 10th July 2016 and gave publicity regarding granting loans;
(iii) eventhough ten commercial banks came forward to grant loans under this scheme and nearly five thousand applicants applied for those loans, granting of loans has now been stalled;
(iv) eventhough most entrepreneurs have completed the signing of deeds of security and deeds of mortgage by making the preliminary expenses, loans have not been granted; and
(v) this situation has resulted in improving businesses and emerging businesses being stalled while being a blow to the national economy?
(b) Will he inform this House as to why people were inconvenienced by publishing newspaper advertisements on 10.07.2016, if granting of loans is not possible?
(a) Will he inform this House—
(i) names of all the ...
(i) names of all the National Schools in Batticaloa District;
(ii) number of students in each national school, grade-wise;
(iii) number of available teachers category-wise in each national school;
(iv) approved cadre of teachers, subject-wise in each national school;
(v) number of teacher vacancies, category-wise in each national school;
(vi) names of the subjects for which teacher vacancies exist in each national school; and
(vii) names of national schools which have been provided with facilities such as technical laboratories and language laboratories?
(b) Will he also inform this House of the—
(i) steps that have been taken by the Ministry of Education to fill these vacancies; and
(ii) date on which the aforesaid vacancy will be filled?
(i) Mr. A.L.M. Mukthar, office...
(i) Mr. A.L.M. Mukthar, officer in class II of the Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service functioning as Deputy Director of Education of Ampara Zone; and
(ii) Zonal Director of Education of Ampara Zone is an officer junior to Mr. Mukthar in Sri Lanka Education Administrative Service?
(b) Will he inform this House—
(i) whether a higher graded senior officer allowed to work under a junior officer;
(ii) whether instructions be issued to rectify this anomaly by either transferring Mr. Mukthar to a post in accordance to his grade and seniority or posting a senior officer above Mr. Mukthar as Zonal Director of Education, of Ampara; and
(iii) if so, when?
(c) If not why?
Hon. S. C. Muthukumarana,— To ask the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine,—
(i) whether he...
(i) whether he is aware that Thambuttegama Hospital is one of the Base Hospitals in the Anuradhapura district that belong to the North Central Provincial Council; and
(ii) if so, will he admit that patients from Divisional Secretariat Divisions such as Thambuttegama, Galnewa, Rajanganaya, Thalawa, Ipalogama and Nochchiyagama in the Anuradhapura distirct, and patients from areas such as Mahawa, Galgamuwa and Meegalewa in the North Western Province get treatments from this hospital?
(b) Will he also inform this House—
(i) the number of in – house patients who get treatments in the first ward/ accident ward in this hospital per day;
(ii) the number of beds in this ward;
(iii) whether he can be satisfied about the facilities provided to the patients;
(iv) whether he is aware that a new ward complex has been built for this hospital in the previous year;
(v) the reason for non completion of its work up to now; and
(vi) whether he intervenes to complete the work on the new building and declare open it?
Hon. T. Ranjith De Soyza,—To ask the Minister of Plantation Industries,—
(a) Will he state—
(i) the total number of Tea Sm...
(i) the total number of Tea Small holders in Sri Lanka;
(ii) the total acreage of tea cultivated by them;
(iii) the kilogrammes of leaves produced by them annually; and
(iv) its portion as a percentage of the National product?
(i) whether the tea fertilizer subsidy has been made available to all farmers as promised by the present government;
(ii) if so, the number of farmers to whom that subsidy was made available;
(iii) the number of farmers who are due to receive the subsidy; and
(iv) the date on which the above subsidy would be made available to those farmers?
Hon . Ajith Mannapperuma,— To ask the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy,—
(i) whether the reports...
(i) whether the reports carried by national newspapers to the effect that 100% of electricity requirement of Sri Lanka will be met by renewable energy sources including solar power and wind power by the year 2050 are true;
(ii) if so, the extent to which such objective is congruent with the National Energy Policy; and
(iii) the activities planned by your Ministry for the attainment of the said objective?
Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana,— To ask the Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine,—
(a) Will he state this House—
(i) number and names of wards available in the Batticaloa Teaching Hospital;
(ii) number of beds available and number of patients currently admitted in each ward;
(iii) names of all Consultants and their relevant medical fields; and
(iv) details of assignment of wards to these Consultants?
(b) Is he aware that—
(i) there is a shortage of wards for the assignments of Consultants;
(ii) normal patients and patients with serious diseases needing intensive medical care are put on the floor and verandah in some wards due to lack of space and beds;
(iii) land available in the premises for the construction of additional wards; and
(iv) this is the teaching hospital assigned for medical undergraduates of the Eastern University?
(i) whether he will give top priority and order for release of allocation for the construction of urgently required wards; and
Hon. Seyed Ali Zahir Moulana,— To ask the Minister of Higher Education and Highways,—
(i) a road parallel to Batticaloa-Valachchenai road along the sea shore from Batticaloa Bar Light House junction to Kalkudah partly constructed up to Eravur exists;
(ii) this road ease traffic congestion on the Batticaloa-Valachchenai road and will also be convenient to the public, as the Batticaloa District Secretariat and some other institutions nearby this road are also under construction;
(iii) it is easy and convenient to the local and foreign tourists to travel along the coast up to Pasikudah Bay on this road;
(iv) it is convenient for deep sea fishermen for their fishing activities easily;
(v) the residents of re-settled village of Thiraimadu will be benefitted; and
(vi) this will encourage investors to construct tourist hotels and other establishments along this road?
(b) Will he inform this House whether instructions be given for the expedition of the construction of this road considering the above facts and needs at the earliest?
(c) If not, why?
Hon. Heshan Withanage,—To ask the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation,—
(i) separately on per depot ba...
(i) separately on per depot basis, of the total number of employees employed at Sri Lanka Transport Board in the Ratnapura District;
(ii) separately of the number of employees at each of the aforesaid depots who have applied for voluntary retirement with compensation;
(iii) whether payments of EPF contributions of those employees have been made regularly during the past period; and
(iv) of the manner in which compensation will be paid to those employees?
Hon. Heshan Withanage,—To ask the Minister of Higher Education and Highways,—
(a) Is he aware that —
(i) the main road from Pallebedd...
(i) the main road from Pallebedda to Balangoda in the Rakwana Electorate is daily used by a large number of people; and
(ii) no renovation has been carried out on the aforesaid road for many years?
(b) Will he inform this House of the period of time that will be taken to make arrangements to develop the aforesaid road?
Hon. Heshan Withanage,—To ask the Prime Minister and Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs,—
(i) of the acreage of lands belonging to the Walawe Zone of Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authoriy of Sri Lanka;
(ii) separately on per division basis, of the extent of lands that have been distributed among people;
(iii) whether details of lands that have been awarded for projects over 50 acres in extent;
(iv) whether the lands referred to in (iii) above have been awarded on Cabinet Approval; and
(v) if not, of the methodology in which those lands have been awarded?
(i) of the methodology that will be adopted in awarding instruments of title for the lands of the people who have been residing in the Mahaweli Zones over a long period of time;
(ii) whether he will admit that the value of certain lands that have been estimated under that methodology in Walawe Zone is unfair;
(iii) of the steps that have been taken at present in this regard;
(iv) of the time that will be taken to grant, having obtained a reasonable lease, the title of such lands to those who have been residing in them over a long period of time; and
(v) of the progress of the institutes that are taking action in this regard?
Hon. (Prof.) Ashu Marasinghe – To ask the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy,—
(a) Will he inform this House—
(i) whether he is a...
(i) whether he is aware that a main underground power supply line which provides electricity to the city of Colombo has been inactive for about 3 years ;
(ii) the electricity capacity of the aforesaid supply line;
(iii) the reason for the delay in taking steps to restore the aforesaid supply line;
(iv) the officers who are responsible for the delay in repairing the aforesaid supply line;
(v) the disciplinary action that have been taken by the Ministry or Ceylon Electricity Board against each of the aforesaid officers by now, separately; and
(vi) whether action will be taken to modernize the national grid in order to ensure a continuous supply of electricity in the city of Colombo ?
(b) If not, why ?
Hon. (Prof.) Ashu Marasinghe,— To ask the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy,—
(i) the power plants ...
(i) the power plants situated in the Western Province , which generate electricity to be provided to the Ceylon Electricity Board ;
(ii) the electricity generating capacity of each of the aforesaid power plants, separately;
(iii) whether an assessment has been done in regard to the gases which are injurious to the environment, emanating from each of the aforesaid power plants;
(iv) whether steps will be taken to provide electricity to the Western Province including the city of Colombo using environment friendly methodologies?
(i) whether a policy deci...
(i) whether a policy decision has been taken by the government to convert the power grid of Sri Lanka into a smart grid;
(ii) the benefits to be derived by converting the power grid of Sri Lanka into a smart grid;
(iii) the total investment to be borne for the generation, transmission and distribution of power grid of Sri Lanka through the smart grid;
(iv) the year on which this tasks is expected to be completed;
(v) the governmental and international institutions that extend financial assistance to carry out this task; and
(vi) the amount of funds allocated up to now to the Ceylon Electricity Board to achieve the said objectives?
(b) If not, why?
Hon. Thushara Indunil Amarasena,—To ask the Minister of Power and Renewable Energy,—
(i) of the date on whi...
(i) of the date on which ‘Ratama Eliyai Andura Duralai’ national electrification programme was commenced;
(ii) separately the number of household units for which electricity connections have been supplied by the Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) (Pvt.) Ltd.;
(iii) separately, the amounts of money spent by the Ceylon Electricity Board and Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) (Pvt.) Ltd. under the aforesaid programme?
(b) Out of the households in Sri Lanka, will he also inform this House of the percentage of households for which electricity connections have been provided by now?
(i) whether he is aware that it is alleged that severe environmental pollution occurs as a result of the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant;
(ii) of the steps taken to prevent the emission of harmful gasses from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant;
(iii) of the steps taken to manage the ashes which emit from the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant; and
(iv) of the amount of money that the Ceylon Electricity Board intends to invest future to minimize environmental pollution caused by the Norochcholai coal Power Plant?
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