The following decisions were taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on September 12, 2012.
Bilateral Agreement with Russian Federation on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters
The Cabinet granted approval to enter into a Bilateral Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters with the Russian Federation.
The Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act No.25 of 2002 provides for the provision of assistance by Sri Lanka to foreign countries relating to criminal matters and for obtaining of similar assistance from such countries by Sri Lanka.
The objective of this agreement is to improve the effectiveness of law enforcement of both parties relating to the investigation, prosecution and prevention of crime and confiscation of criminal proceeds.
A block of land at Rajagiriya for Excise Department Headquarters
The proposal made by the President, as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to allocate a block of land 30.26 perches in extent at Rajagiriya Town, owned by the Urban Development Authority, to the Excise Department, through the Commissioner General of Lands, for the construction of its Head Office building, was approved by the Cabinet.
The Excise Departmentís Head office at Staple St Colombo 2 was shifted under the project proposal made for the Colombo Commercial Company land made by UDA.
Coast Guard Department to be separated from the departmental structure
The proposal made by the President, as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, the cabinet decided to amend Coast Guard Department Act No 41 of 2009, in order to bring in amendments to meet the present day requirements of the country.
The new proposal will incorporate the organizational composition, command, discipline and authority with compliance to the functions of the coast guards.
In order to obtain provision for those required facilities, the amendment proposed envisages its separation from the departmental administrative structure.
Bentota water supply scheme to be improved at a cost of Rs 790 M
The Cabinet of Ministers granted its approval for a proposal made by Mr Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, to proceed with expansion and improvement of the Bentota water distribution project at a cost of Rs 790 Million.
This project will provide potable water to the people living in the Bentota area and the coastal belt of the Galle District and it covers 22 Grama Niladhari Divisions within the Bentota Pradeshiya Sabha.
The successful completion of the project will improve the living standards of the people in the area and enhance social and economic development in the said area.
A Maritime Museum to be established at the Old Dutch Naval House in Trincomalee
The proposal made by Dr. Jagath Balasuriya, Minister of National Heritage, to establish the proposed Maritime Museum at the Old Dutch Naval Commissionerís House in Trincomalee was approved by the Cabinet.
Preliminary work relating to the above is being carried out by the Ministry and its remaining work is to be completed in line with the "Deyata Kirula'' National Development Programme scheduled to be conducted in the Eastern Province next year.