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Fourmember Committee to look into the MCC Agreement

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 19:15

Fourmember Committee to look into the MCC Agreement

The nod of the Cabinet has been received to appoint a four member Committee to look into the MCC Agreement. Minister Bandula Gunawardena made a clarification in this respect at today’s Cabinet media briefing.

The Minister said that the Cabinet of Ministers has approved to appoint a four-member committee study the Millennium Challenge Corporation agreement. It will conduct a comprehensive study on the agreement and make necessary recommendations to the government. The decision of the previous government on the matter has been decided to be suspended until the Committee reaches its conclusions.

The Committee will be chaired by Professor Lalithasiri Gunarunwan, will comprise of former Secretary of Transport Ministry D. S. Jayaweera, President’s Counsel Nihal Jayawardena and Civil Activist Nalaka Jayaweera.

The Minister also referred to several decisions arrived at the Cabinet meeting.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena said that with the aim of uplifting the rural agriculture, the import of all minor agricultural export crops including cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, Cinnamon, turmeric and pepper that could be cultivated in the country has been banned. There is no law that it would be implemented until it is approved by Parliament.

Minister Ramesh Pathirana told the journalists that the Cabinet had taken a decision to shift the Agricultural Ministry to the Govijana Mandiraya.

The Minister said that the Cabinet yesterday decided to shift the Agricultural from the building where it is now located and a monthly rental of nearly 24 million rupees is being paid, to the Govijana Mandiraya. It was also decided at the Cabinet to either terminate or to take any other alternative action regarding the agreement on the building.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 19, 2019 19:15