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Importation of chainsaws banned

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 19, 2019 19:20

Importation of chainsaws banned

The cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to ban the importation of chainsaws to Sri Lanka with the view of increasing country’s forest cover.

The government implements various programs aiming to increase the forest cover of the island from 29.7 percent to 32 percent by 2030.  More than 82,000 mechanical Chainsaws have been registered by now and accordingly the cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the President, Maithripala Sirisena in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to take necessary steps under the Import and Export Control Act No 1 of 1969 to prohibit the import of mechanical Chainsaws.

Meanwhile, the cabinet of Ministers has endorsed making regulations under the Employees’ Provident Fund Act No. 15 of 1958, to provide opportunity for members to withdraw benefits promptly and easily.  The Cabinet approved the proposal presented by President Maithripala Sirisena, upon request of Non-cabinet Minister of Labour and Trade Union, to make regulations to inform about the appointments to the Department of Labour, within a specified period from the date of appointing an employee.

Further expanding the relief packages provided for upgrading the tourism industry affected by the recent terrorist attacks, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Finance to expand relief as follows. Accordingly, grace period up to 31st March 2020, for the Working Capital Loan Scheme was introduced for institutions and individuals engaged in tourism and to expand the coverage of the Debt Securities Fund. The cabinet also endorsed the proposal to implement “Sancharaka Poddo” concessionary loan scheme through Regional Development Banks to provide financial assistance that needed by small scale informal sector persons and institutions engaged in  tourism related business.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor June 19, 2019 19:20