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Parliamentary Election Promises

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Sri Lanka's parliamentary elections were held in August 2015. A coalition government was thereafter established, comprising Sri Lanka's two largest political alliances: the UNFGG and the UPFA. The UNP, led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, is the largest party in the UNFGG and secured a plurality of seats. Meanwhile, the SLFP forms the main constituent party of the UPFA, and is led by President Maithripala Sirisena.

Manthri.lk's Manifesto Tracker monitors progress in the implementation of the actionable pledges and policy measures by the UNFGG and UPFA as per their respective election manifestos. Each promise has been classified under a thematic area and scored in terms of its current stage of progress.

  • Reform the fisheries governance system and get the EU fisheries export ban lifted,ensuring that Sri Lanka is eligible for GSP+ tax concessions

    A fisheries export ban was imposed by the EU on Sri Lanka in 2015, after it was deemed that proper legislation to tackle illegal fishing was lacking.

    The ban was lifted in June 2016 after the necessary steps were taken to reform the fisheries governance system. New regulations and a national plan to counter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing were introduced. The manifesto promise also ties the GSP+ tax concessions (though largely unrelated) to the fishing ban. This too was recovered after negotiations and progress on fulfilling the GSP+ conditions led to a vote in the EU parliament restoring the tax concessions for Sri Lanka.

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  • Enact the Development (Special Provision) Act and establish a Special Development Agency

    The Development (Special Provisions) Act was proposed to facilitate the formulation of a national policy for all subjects including accelerated policy development. A Special Development Agency would lead on driving and monitoring policy implementation, and oversee and streamline investment approvals.

    The bill was gazetted in November 2016 and sent to Provincial Councils for their comments; there has been no follow-up since.

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  • Establish 11 Industrial and Technological Development Mega Zones

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  • Establish Tourism Development Mega Zone

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  • Establish 23 Agricultural Development Mega Zones

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  • Establish 10 Fisheries Development Mega Zone

    The Hambantota Fisheries Development Mega Zone is under construction and the land identification process has been completed in Mannar.

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  • Establish a National Agricultural Marketing Authority

    The proposed authority will purchase farmers’ harvest, coordinate the sale of agricultural products and improve market, transport and storage facilities.

    A proposal was included in the 2016 Budget for Rs. 1000 million to construct three warehouses with state-of-the-art technology to address the issue of post-harvest losses (Budget 2016, 132); this also appeared in the 2016 budget estimates. In February 2017, the Prime Minister restated the government's intention to set up the authority.

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  • Establish a value-added tea export company for small tea holders

    No progress reported.

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  • Increase the tea replanting subsidy, and include a new extension service

    According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance, the government has provided Rs. 484.03 million as subsidy for re-planting tea.

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  • Establish a Small and Medium Scale Enterprise (SME) Promotion Board

    A specialised SME board would allow listing inclusiveness for small and medium-sized companies.

    The intention to open this board has been expressed by the Colombo Stock Exchange several times since this promise, however no progress has been made after the 2016 budget raised the annual registration fees for publically listed companies.

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  • Establish youth centers in every district as per the model of the Maharagama National Youth Services Center

    No progress reported.

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  • Reactivate the National Youth Corps

    The Youth Corps provides vocational, personality development and leadership training to 18-29 year olds.

    According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance Rs. 840 million has been provisioned for this purpose to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and 65% of the provisioned fund has been spent by the ministry.

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  • Introduce new laws to facilitate voluntary departure from the Armed Forces

    No progress reported.

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  • Extend the benefits of the Agrahara public officials insurance scheme to retired civil servants

    The proposal to grant Agrahara insurance benefits to pensioners up to 70 years old received cabinet approval on March 30, 2016. The Department of Pensions has since issued a circular to government institutions. A proposal was included in the 2017 budget to offer lifetime benefits of Agrahara insurance scheme to retired civil servants.

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  • Provide all public servants five-year unpaid leave to engage in another occupation in Sri Lanka or overseas

    As per the Establishment Code issued by the Ministry of Public Administration, currently a public servant can obtain five years of unpaid leave to work or study abroad but only three years of unpaid leave to study in Sri Lanka.

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish the National Pensions Office and an Advisory Council

    According to the '2015 Performance Report' issued by the Office of Prime Minister, a draft concept note was prepared for the establishment of a new Pensions Office and a Pension Advisory Committee.

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  • Introduce new legislation to increase the salary of private sector employees

    Increase the monthly minimum salary in the private sector to Rs. 10,000. Increase all monthly salaries across the private sector by Rs. 1,500 from May 2015 and by another Rs. 1,000 by January 2016.

    'National Minimum Wage of Workers' bill received Cabinet approval on 03 December 2015 and tabled in Parliament on 10 February 2016. The bill was passed in Parliament 11 March 2016 and subsequently the 'National Minimum Wage of Workers Act, No. 3 of 2016 was endorsed by the Speaker on 23 March 2016.

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  • Establish an Employment Relation Council

    The proposed council would consist of representatives from trade unions and the public and private sectors.

    2016 Budget proposal proposes an Employment Council to be established in order to ensure a minimum wage for the working population.

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  • Establish an Unemployment Insurance Benefit Scheme for recently unemployed workers

    No progress reported.

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  • Provide loan facilities up to Rs. 500,000/- to small scale investors interested in investing in the stock exchange

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  • Place all public enterprises under a public commercial enterprise board

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  • Establish a Public Wealth Trust to manage funds of the EPF and ETF

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a National Debt Bureau

    The 2017 budget proposals stated that Cabinet has approved the establishment of an Independent Debt Office [364]

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  • Establish an Independent Commission to replace the present Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption

    3 independent commissioners were appointed based on nominations provided by the constitutional council and assumed duties on October 22nd 2015

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  • Enact the Right to Information Act

    The Prime Minister announced that the RTI Billl was approved by Cabinet on 3 Dec 2015. It was tabled in Parliament on the 24 March 2016 and the Bill was passed on the 24 June 2016. The Speaker then endorsed the Bill on the 4 August 2016.

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  • Enact the National Audit Act

    Eventhough the Audit Bill was presented to Cabinet on several occasions, it was subsequently withdrawn.

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  • Enact a new Police Act to replace the Police Ordinance of 1865

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a University for Police and Criminal Justice

    No progress reported.

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  • Introduce a new Constitution

    The interim report of the steering committee of the constitutional assembly has now been made public.

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  • Abolish the preferential voting system and establish a system combining Proportional Representation and an electorate system

    No progress has been made beyond deliberations in the constitutional assembly.

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  • Establish 20 Oversight Committees in Parliament to supervise the work of the government institutions and public expenditure

    A resolution was passed in Parliament on 19 December 2015 to introduce a new system of Sectoral Oversight Committees which was approved with the intention of establishing 16 oversight committees.

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  • Establish a Development Coordination Board in every electoral district

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a Constitutional Court for Constitutional issues

    The establishment of a Constitutional Court through the new Constitution has been proposed in a report submitted by the Sub Committee based on the Judiciary of the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly.

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  • Make amendments to the members of the Constitutional Council to consist of civil society members

    The Constitutional Council will consist of the Speaker, Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and with the other members to be from independent civil society members.

    Enacted as per the 19th Amendment, the Constitutional Counci consists of 10 members (7 parliamentarians and 3 civil society representatives).

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  • Adopt Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament

    Awaiting Parliamentary approval of the final draft of the Code of Confuct and the revised Standing Orders which have been tabled in Parliament.

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  • Establish an institute for the study of Dharma and Buddhist meditation to preserve the inheritance of the Anuradhapura Maha Vihara

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a formal institution to oversee the propagation of Theravada Buddhism through Dharmadhuta missions abroad and register all temples established by Sri Lanka Bhikkus abroad.

    No progress reported.

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  • Initiate a programme to provide assistance to impoverished parents of young Bhikkus

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  • A Theravada Dhamma Sangayanawa will be held in 2018 and the preparatory work will begin in 2016

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  • Establish an international training center to promote Buddhist meditation

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  • Set up a separate fund to develop Dhamma schools

    No progress reported.

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  • Conduct ‘Aranery Anandam’ project in collaboration with the University of Jaffna and the Eastern University

    The primary objective of this initiative is to equip teachers from the two provinces who do not have higher/tertiary education with better training.

    No progress reported.

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  • Re-establishing a Christian Affairs Ministry

    A Cabinet Ministry for Christian Affairs was established after the General Elections in 2015.

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  • Introduce a Film Development Board

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a National Film Academy

    A National Film Academy will be established to facilitate and help grow the creative skills of artists.

    The 2017 budget allocated Rs. 50 million for the establishment of a National Film Academy.

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  • Establish a Sports Campus that complied with International standards

    The 2017 budget includes a proposal for a Human Performance Laboratory at the Institute of Sports Medicine ( Rs. 100 Million) as well as a proposal for a National Sports Academy (Rs.100 Million). Both proposals have been included in the Budget estimates for 2017 under the Department of National Budget.

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  • Appoint an Establishment of an Independent Sports Authority

    Establishing an Independent Sports Authority through Constitutional Council which is not subjected to any political influence.

    No progress reported.

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  • Enact a Bill of Rights for Women

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a National Commission on Women

    National Commission on women will be empowered to implement the Bill of Rights for Women.

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish district Attorney General offices and separate courts to expedite cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

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  • Appoint a National Commission on Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

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  • Provide a state-sponsored special assistance programme for victim-survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence

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  • Ensure women representation via 25% political reservations at local government levels

    This Bill was approved by Cabinet on the 18 November 2015. The amended Local Authorities Elections Bill was tabled in Parliament on the 12 January 2016, which was passed on the 9 February 2016. The Act was then endorsed by the Speaker on the 17 February 2016.

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  • Pass the Sustainable Development Act

    This Act is to be prepared with the view of promoting and implementing Sri Lanka’s national policy and strategy on sustainable development with the establishment of the Sustainable Development Council.

    The Cabinet approved the bill on the 12 July 2016. Sri Lanka Sustainable Development Bill was tabled in Parliament on the 9 January 2017 and passed in parliament on 21 September 2017.

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  • Massive programme to construct 500,000 Housing Apartments at a reasonable price for the middle and working class

    The construction of the Housing Apartments for middle-income wage earners in both urban and suburb areas was approved by the Cabinet under a 5 year plan on 23 March 2016. This project was referred to in the Budget Speech 2017, under the notion of inviting the Private Sector to participate in constructing 100,000 housing units at Rs. 5 million per unit for the middle income category and a further 250,000 housing units at Rs.1 million per unit for the low income category within the next three years ( 2017-2019).

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  • Establish a National Health Services Authority

    A National Health Service Authority will be established under a Director General and different institutions will be formed under the authority to prevent diseases, cure diseases, maintain standards of medical service suppliers, administration of government hospitals and supply of medical drugs.

    No progress reported.

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  • Appoint an Independent Board of Administration for the Medical Research Institute

    Appoint an independent Board of Administrators to the Medical Research Institute and provide modern laboratory instruments.

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  • Introduce a National Health Insurance plan

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish an emergency mobile medical treatment service

    A new emergency mobile treatment service will be established in Western and Sothern Provinces.

    Cabinet approved of a toll free number for an emergency response center for the emergency pre-hospital care ambulance services on the 28 June 2016. The emergency ambulance service was then launched on the 28 July 2016.

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  • Establish a faculty for nursing targeting the international job market

    The Budget 2016 proposed a Rs. 2500 million allocations to improve the Nursing School at Sri Jayawardanapura Hospital with the anticipation of graduating qualified nurses to cater to the existing national and international demand. This has now been enacted with as the Government Nursing Officers Association President Saman Ratnapriya noting that a batch of hundred students is to be admitted to the first ever Nursing Faculty at the Sri Jayawardanapura Univerity for the 2017 academic intake.

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  • Install another 1000 dialysis machines

    Instate an additional 1000 dialysis machines for the welfare of people affected by Chronic Kidney Disease.

    The Budget 2016 proposed Rs.6500 million to establish 1000 Kidney dialysis centers in areas which have a prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease. The Budget 2016 estimates also allocates th exact amount under the Department of National Budget. According to 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry o Finance, Rs. 364,653,104 has been provisioned for Health Ministry and the Health Ministry has spent 100% of the provisioned fund.

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  • Pass the Disabled Persons Rights Act

    The International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the United Nations in 2006 according to the universal declaration of Human Rights and international conventions on human rights. Sri Lanka has signed the convention in 2007 and the proposal made by S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare, to ratify the convention for the benefit of Sri Lankan disabled persons, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.The legal paper for drafting the bill has been submitted to Cabinet although it has yet to be approved.

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  • Establish an Ayurvedic Center of international standards

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a Postgraduate Institute to produce specialist physicians in indigenous medicine

    The proposal made by Minister Rajitha Senaratne to establish a postgraduate institute of Indigenous medicine was aproved by Cabinet on the 24 May 2016. The Budget 2017 proposed Rs.250 million to strengthen the Post Graduate Institute of Ayurvedic Medcine focusing on the research and development aspect in Ayurvdeic Medicine. It was also accordingly allocated in the 2017 Budget.

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  • Establish an institution with regulatory authority for cosmetics and beautician services.

    Minister Rajitha Senaratne made a proposal to draft a legislation to plan cosmetic regulation which was approved by Cabinet but there has been no Bill presented thus far.

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  • Allow all students the opportunity to enter the G.C.E. Advanced Level stream

    According to the ministry of education, it has decided to give an opportunity to students who have failed the Ordinary Level examination to sit for the Advanced Level examination based on four factors and the pilot project has started in 42 schools.

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  • Improve the school curriculum by introducing vocational training subjects for G.C.E. Advanced Level and make school education of 13 years mandatory.

    The pilot program for the implementation of mandatory education for 13 years is scheduled to commence in September 2017. The mapping, identifying school centers has been completed, and 42 National Schools selected, and 4,419 students identified as new admissions for the Grade 12 professional subjects for 2017.

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  • Introduce limitations on Campaign Finances

    No progress reported.

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  • Introduce new School Education Act and put international schools under general education policy

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a National E-Library

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  • Establish a University for Police and Criminal Justice

    The Prime Minsiter has stated the Governmet intends on creating this University however there has been no progress since the initial announcement.

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  • Provide financial assistance to preschool teachers through a fund established by World Bank Aid

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a University Education Council to develop the universities

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  • Establish an Institute for Public Policy and Public Administration

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  • Establish a National Astrology Center

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  • Create an additional million jobs

    The total jobs added to the economy since September 2015 as per the labour force survey data is approximately 400, 000 which puts this core promise 'on track' for fulfillment by 2020. However, seasonal variances in key sectors such as agriculture have shown these increases to be unstable and the gains tend to fluctuate.

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  • Appoint a committee to study problems with young Bhikkus.

    No progress recorded.

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  • Pass the National Audit Bill within 2 months of coming to power

    National Audit Bill to be passed in Parliament within two months of coming into power.

    The Audit Bill was tabled in cabinet and subsequently withdrawn several times and but there is no cabinet approved bill yet.

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  • Pass the Right to Information Bill

    The Prime Minister informed parliament on Dec 3 2015 that Cabinet has approved the RTI Bill. It was tabled in Parliament March 24, 2016 and passed in Parliament 24 June 2016. The Speaker endorsed the bill on 4th of August 2016, approximately 12 months after the formation of the National Unity Government.

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  • Fisheries Development plan under the theme of “sayura apage soyuraya”

    No progress reported.

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  • Establishment of “Free Education revival fund”

    A Free Education Revival Fund will be established in order to protect the rights of children in accessing free education and improve the facilities.

    No progress reported.

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  • Develop a National sustainable development plan to reach the economic goals

    The proposal made by the Prime Minister on the Sustainable Development Bill received cabinet approval on 12 July 2016. It was tabled in parliament on 9 Jan 2017 and the 3rd reading was held on September 21 2017 but has not yet been certified by the speaker.

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  • Introduce laws to protect intellectual property rights of cultural products

    The joint proposal made by Hon. John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and Hon. S.B. Navinna, Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs, to sign a cooperate agreement between the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for implementation of a proposed intellectual property project related to travel and culture of the WIPO with the view of improving awareness on use of intellectual property in promoting tourism industry and cultural heritage and achieving development objectives related to tourism industry, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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  • Bar criminals from contesting for parliament

    A new reform amendment that will bar criminals (with convictions, suspended sentences, involved in drug trafficking, destruction of the environment and politicians who have not handed in their asset declarations) from contesting for parliament.

    No progress reported.

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  • Amendments to laws related to electoral systems - the 20th Amendment presented to the 7th parliament will be re-introduced.

    No action beyond the deliberations of the constitutional assembly formed in 2015

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  • Introducing legislation to guarantee intra party democracy and democracy in a party’s decision making process.

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  • Introduce legislation to ensure the right of farmers to have seeds and the government’s responsibility to supply seed

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  • Start a concessionary loan scheme for small tea estate holders

    According to the 2016 Ministry of Finance Annual Report, in the year 2016, a total number of 219 capital loans were granted to tea factory owners and the total amount of those loans is around Rs. 6,959 million. In terms of the number of loans granted, it is indicated that there was a 217 percent significant increase from 69 loans in 2015 to 219 loans in 2016.

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  • Implement ‘Industrial Development Act

    Introducing a new legal framework in order to provide facilitation to remove barriers faced by industrialists due to the inconstancies in the existing laws when commencing, expanding and maintaining an industry.

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  • Make provisions to give freehold ownership for those who are engaged in agriculture on state owned lands for more than ten years

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  • Introduce code of ethics for media

    Cabinet of Ministers on July 11 2017 decided to appoint a Cabinet Subcommittee to oversee the drafting of legislation to establish the Independent Council for News Media Standards. The Committee led by Minister of Media Mangala Samaraweera and comprising Ministers Sarath Amunugama, Rajitha Senaratne and Gayantha Karunathilake is to present a new Draft Bill to the Cabinet within two months.

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  • A National Policy to eradicate 5 aspects of pollution: air, water, soil, noise and visual pollution

    The government has prepared a national program for environmental conservation to create a sustainable environment in Sri Lanka. The "Punarudaya" national program for environmental conservation (2016 - 2018), which has been created with the contribution of all the relevant parties, is expected to provide solutions for the major environmental issues within a period of three years. The project will cost an estimated Rs. 22547 million over the next three years.

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  • Establishment of ‘Jana Sabha’ to engage people in the community development discourse.

    All state services and infrastructure, economic, irrigation and rural development activities will be planned and implemented through the Jana Sabha Secretariat offices.

    No progress reported.

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  • Establish a National Harmony Commission (NHCO)

    Establish a ‘National Harmony Commission’ (NHCO) with broad powers and a district level mechanism to uphold a ‘National Harmony Charter’ (NHCH) safeguarding fairness and equality towards each and every Sri Lankan citizen.

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  • All Party Committee to investigate complaints in relation to corruption and fraud.

    No progress reported.

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  • Introduce a National Economic Advisory Council

    Introduce a National Economic Advisory Council, accountable to parliament to provide necessary directives and guidance towards economic development.

    Cabinet approval to setup the National Economic Council on August 9 2017 and the National Economic Council was appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena. It was convened for the first time at the Presidential Secretariat on Sep 12 2017.

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  • Establish the Constitutional Council and start functioning within 1 month of coming to power.

    The Constitutional Council met for the first time on September 10 2015 after the inauguration of the new parliament.

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  • All appointments to state institutions will be approved by an all-party parliamentary committee and all public servants should be citizens of Sri Lanka.

    No progress reported.

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  • The National Harmony Commission (NHCO) with representation of experts and leaders from all faiths will make recommendations within 6 months and the necessary social, cultural and political reforms will be implemented within 1 year.

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  • Establish a higher education institute for the Plantation sector in Nuwara Eliya

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  • Establish a job bank through the ministry of skills development

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  • Establish a land bank

    2016 Budget proposed Rs. 500 million to allocate to introduce a land bank and 2016 Budget allocated Rs. 500 million for this purpose under the department of national budget. According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance 195 million has been provisioned for this task and only 56% of that provision has been utilised by the ministry of lands.

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  • Establish ‘Farmers Bank’ to reduce to debt burden of farmers

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  • Establish a committee including small and medium business holders to find an efficient way to transport vegetables

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  • Establish a Research and Development Fund

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  • Establish a Technical Research Laboratory System along with university system to improve knowledge and invention

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  • Establish ‘Jathika Sabha’ to ensure coordination between government departments

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  • Establish day care centers in each Pradeshiya Sabha area

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  • Establish an agency to regulate three wheelers, taxis and school vans

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  • Establish a research institute for lecturers

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  • Improve the conditions and facilities of prisoners by introducing a “Prisoners are Humane” program.

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  • School for fisheries education for traditional fishermen and others who intend on entering the industry

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  • Introducing a certification course for three-wheeler drivers in on foreign languages in areas that attract more tourists

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  • The 500 best performers in sports to get the opportunity to participate in international personal development camps annually

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  • 50,000 Trainee teachers to rural areas to teach English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Aesthetic Subjects and Physical Education

    Rs. 2000 million allocated in the 2016 Budget Estimates under the Ministry of Education and according to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance Rs. 27 million has been spent on this purpose.

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  • Expansion of Mahindodaya school project to all divisional secretariats

    No progress reported.

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  • Students who fail Maths at GCE O/L to commence their A/L studies under an agreement to pass Mathematics in two years

    According to the ministry of education, it has decided to give an opportunity to students who have failed the Ordinary Level examination to sit for the Advanced Level examination based on four factors and the pilot project has started in 42 schools.

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  • Develop the sugar industry to meet the local needs fully locally by 2020

    The “Development Policy for Sugar Industry” was published in 2016 which included seven policy pillars. The pillars were, Institutional Policy, Investment Policy, Production and Land Policy, Pricing Policy, Import Policy, Water Resources and Infrastructure Development Policy and Manpower Development Policy. As per the targets set in the policy, through modernizing and expanding the existing sugar mills, establishing sugarcane cultivation and new processing complexes in rural areas which have suitable climate and weather conditions, a selfsufficiency level of 50 percent is expected to be achieved from local sugar consumption by the year 2020.

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  • Introduce a new life insurance scheme and a pension scheme for Sri Lankans working abroad

    2017 Budgtet proposes to introduce a Contributory Pension Scheme for overseas employees. As such, the government, through the Kuwait Fund, will match the contribution made by the employee. The Pension would be drawn at the age of 60 years by the beneficiary. No further information on progress is yet available.

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  • Establish 12 Free Trade Zones across the country

    2017 Budget proposed Rs. 1000 million in order to encourage the private sector to partner with the government in creating private free trade zones along the expressway corridors. The Government is to provide land for this purpose and will also provide electricity and water up to such zones.2017 Budget allocated Rs. 1000 million under the department of national budget.

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  • Increase Mahapola Scholarship payment to Rs 6,000

    Government increased the Mahapola scholarship payment to Rs. 5,000 with effect from May 2015 before the General Election held in August

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  • An internship to all those who complete the degree in the private or public sector and an allowance of Rs 5000

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  • Estate workers to receive a minimum Rs 1000 daily wage

    On October 18 2016 tea plantation firms and estate worker unions agreed to an increase in daily wages. Regional plantation companies (RPCs), the owners of the majority of tea estates in Sri Lanka, agreed on an increase to the minimum daily wage of tea pluckers to SLRs730 (US$5), from SLRs620 previously, through a new collective agreement.

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  • Three-wheeler drivers to be given a credit card worth 100,000 with low interest rates

    No progress reported.

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  • Medical insurance scheme for senior citizens that covers Rs. 3000 for medicine and Rs 500,000 for a surger

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  • Rs 10,000 worth scholarship to all undergraduates who get selected to universities

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  • Concessional payment schemes for unemployed youth below the age of 35 who enter open university system

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  • Interest free loans for university undergraduates to purchase a laptop

    The 2016 Budget allocated Rs. 300 million for providing Wi-Fi Facilities at Universities and support for purchase of laptops for university students

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  • Rs 50,000 worth interest free loans to every pre-school for their infrastructure development

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  • Rs 5000 allowance for all preschool teachers

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  • Rs 50,000 allocation to every youth between the age of 18-25 to pay for their further education

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  • Special monthly allocation of Rs 5000 for children with no parents or sick parents

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  • Pregnant mothers to be given 'thri-posha' and protein food items to produce healthy children

    According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has been allocated Rs. 500 million and the ministry has spent 29% of the allocated funds.

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  • Pregnant mothers are given 20,000 to purchase nutritional foods.

    According to the 2016 Annual Report of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine has been allocated Rs. 500 million for this purpose and the ministry has spent 39% of the allocated funds.

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  • Increase the upper limit for 15% special interest to senior citizens’ deposits to Rs. 2.5 million

    The upper limit to pay 15% special interest on fixed deposits maintained by senior citizens in the licensed commercial banks and the licensed Specialized Banks has been increased up to Rs.1.5 million from the current limit of Rs.1 million with effect from 1st March 2016.

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  • 50% reduction of electricity bill and 25% reduction of water bill in Pradeshiya Sabha areas

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  • Nappies, flasks, soap and other essential items to raise a kid within the first 6 months will be provided by the stat

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  • Training opportunities for 50,000 women who are interested in starting self-employment. Loan facilities for them up to Rs. 50,000 with no interest and Rs 50,000 to Rs 200,000 with low interest rate

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  • Tenants who have been in in government housing over 10 years to own them

    NHDA on 28.01.2016 at “Viharamahadevi” Open Air Theater by conferring 2500 Transfer Deeds, Deeds of Lease, Contracts of Sale and Unauthorized Deeds of Lease to the residents in state-owned and NHDA-owned property in Colombo District for more than 10 years.

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  • Open a bank account in NSB for every child enrolled in Grade one and make a deposit of Rs. 1200 per annum upto Grade 5

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  • Provide housing loans of upto 4 million rupees for selected people to build their first home (5.4)

    Currently the National Housing Development Authority has two housing loan programmes called "Samata Sevana" and "Scattered Housing Loan" programmes amounting to Rs. 100,000 and Rs. 250,000 respectively

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  • Free pass to be issued to all senior citizens to travel in state owned buses and trains

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  • Build the Northern Expressway and connect the North with the South.

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  • Build an ‘entertainment hub’ (similar to Disney Land) next to Mattala Airport and Hamabanthota Port to improve a tourism zone between the East and the South

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  • Pre–school and a child care center within every 2 KMs

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  • Continue the train track up to Kataragama and proceed building it towards Trincomalee so that all 4 major religious sites in the 4 corners of Sri Lanka can be accessed easily.

    Matara - Kataragama railway extension nears completion.

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  • Use the land currently occupied by the Manning Vegetable Market to interconnect this area with the Fort Bus and Railway Stations to establish a new ‘travel hub’ with modern conveniences.

    A joint proposal made by Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Megapolis and Western Development and Sajith Premadasa, Minister of Housing and Construction, to obtain an adjacent land owned by the State Engineering Corporation of about 06 acres in Peliyagoda area on a 03 years lease basis to relocate the Manning Market Pettah, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers held on 06-12-2016.According to 2016 Ministry of Finance Annual Report, the Ministry of Megapolice and Western Development has spent Rs. 303 million for the land development work for relocation of Manning Market to Peliyagoda

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  • A playground for every school as a means of encouraging the participation in physical activities

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  • Construct two centers in the Eastern and Western Provinces to sell handloom textiles

    In 2017 the Budget proposed Rs. 500 million to provide the necessary infrastructure and entrepreneur training in the handloom industry through the Industrial Development Board and the same amount allocated under the department of national budget

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  • Construct a wholesale market in Maharagama targeting businesses in Sub saharan African countries and Latin American countries

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  • Construct three wholesale shopping centres in Maharagama, Gampaha and Kattankudi targeting domestic and, small and medium apparel industries

    In 2017 Budget proposal Rs. 100 million proposed to construct a “Unique Craft Marketing Center” in Colombo on PPP basis, which will provide space for small and medium scale entrepreneurs to engage in wholesale trade, especially those in the handicraft, clothing and footwear industries and 2017 Budget allocated the said amount.

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  • Create IT villages in Kandy, Galle, Jaffna, Katunayake and Trincomale

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  • Work towards attracting over 4 million tourists to the country by 2020

    As of 2014, Sri Lanka recorded approximately 1.5 million tourist arrivals per year. This number has seen annual growth of approximately 15-20% but needs to grow at over 30% a year to meet the target of 4 million arrivals per year by 2020. In 2017 the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has recorded only a 2.9% overall increase in comparison to the period January-September 2016.

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  • Generation of 1,500,000 new employment opportunities in agriculture, industrial and service industries in public and private sectors and through self-employment

    The total jobs added to the economy since September 2015 as per the labour force survey data is approximately 400, 000 which puts this core promise 'on track' for fulfillment by 2020. However, seasonal variances in key sectors such as agriculture have shown these increases to be unstable and the gains tend to fluctuate.

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  • Legal action against the Central Bank Bond scam to claim the public funds back to the benefit of the people

    President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a presidential commission of inquiry to investigate and report on the Central Bank bond issue comprising Supreme court judges, KT Chithrasiri and PS Jayawardena, as well as retired Deputy auditor general K.Velupillai in January 27 2017.

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