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Oral Questions - Thursday 25th June 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Thursday 25th June 2009



1.    0058/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – to ask the Minister of Land and Land Development, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the total extent of land available in the Northern Province and the Eastern Province under the control of Central Government or Provincial Councils?


(b)    Will he state for the Northern Province and Eastern Province separately –

(i)    the lands given to foreigners (Name the Country of his domicile), Company’s and individual; and

(ii)    the terms and conditions, value and the period it is been given out


(c)    Will he state –

(i)    the name of the entities owned by the Government which are now being handed over, transferred or leased out to the private sector along with the conditions that have been stipulated;

(ii)    the period that are being given out; and

(iii)    the value of the contract?


(d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.



2.    0060/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development –

(a)    Will he inform this House, the number of electorates in Kurunegala District?

(i)    the number of people died, officially, owing to the aftermath of Tsunami;

(ii)    the number of people displaced and the number of houses destroyed through the Tsunami on per district basis;

(iii)    the number of houses been rebuilt and given by the Government to the people;

(iv)    the number of houses been built by non-governmental institutions that are local and foreign on per district basis; and

(v)    the total grant and aid we received as a country for the specific reason of Tsunami from 1st January 2005 to date on per year basis?



(b)    If not, why?

Answer:

Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Chief Government Whip requested for a period of One month to submit answers to the above questions.




3.    0061/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services, –

(a)    Will he inform this House, –

(i)    the date that the State Trading Co-operative Wholesale Company Limited thought of being brought into existence;

Answer:

State Trading (Co-operative) Wholesale Company, was incorporated as a Government owned Company on 16th March 2007.


(ii)    the date that it was really existed;

Answer:

The Company was financially facilitated by proposing to avail a Bank Guarantee to the value of US Dollars 10.0 Million under the Budget 2008 presented to the Parliament on 7th November 2007.


(iii)    the capital of the Company along with the names of the Directors and Shareholders;

Answer:

The Authorised Capital of the Company is Rupees Five Billion (Rs. 5,000,000,000/-) The Issued Capital is Rs. 100/-.

Names of Directors –

Mr. Susil Kumar Moonesinghe – Chairman – State Trading (Co-operative) Wholesale Company
Dr. Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Karunasinghe Ratnayake (up to 16.12.2008) – Former Secretary of the Ministry
Mr. Lalith Rukman De Silva (from 16.01.2009) – Ministry Secretary
Mr. N.G. Dayaratne – Director General – Department of Treasury Operations
Mr. Kachchakaduge Nalin Ruwangeewa Fernando – Chairman – Lanka Sathosa
Mr. Arukatti Patabendige Gamini Kithsiri – Commissioner – Co-operative Development
Dr. Ravindranath Liyanage – Chairman – The Kingdom of Raigam
Mr. Wegapitiya Kattadiyalage Hemachandra Wegapitiya – Chairman – Laugfs Holdings Limited

Name of Shareholders –

Dr. Amarapathy Mudalige Amarathna Amarapathy – 1 Share
Ms. Kapugama Geeganage Thaniya Priyanganie Dissanayake – 1 Share
Mr. Kachchakaduge Nalin Ruwangeewa Fernando – 1 Share
Mr. Arukatti Patabendige Gamini Kithsiri – 1 Share
Dr. Ravindranath Liyanage – 1 Share
Mr. Susil Kumar Moonesinghe – 1 Share
Dr. Ratnayake Mudiyanselage Karunasinghe Ratnayake – 1 Share
Dr. Ranepura Hewage Samantha Samaratunge – 1 Share
Mr. Warawattage Sarath Chandra Silva – 1 Share
Mr. Wegapitiya Kattadiyalage Hemachandra Wegapitiya – 1 Share


(iv)    all the imports to date from the date it was incorporated;

Answer:

It had imported a total quantity of 16,988 metric tonnes of Cement


(v)    whether tenders were called; and

Answer:

Yes.


(vi)    if so, the names and prices of the tenders along with the final recommendations of the Cabinet Approval Tender Board (CATB)?

Answer:

Company: Lucky Cement Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 74.50 C & F

Company: Oasis Marketing Pvt. Ltd.
Country: Indonesia
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 76.35 C & F

Company: Star Trading Company Pvt. Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 80.00 C & F

Company: Patra Imexpo Trading Company
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 80.50 C & F

Company: Minco International Pvt. Ltd.
Country: India
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 81.00 C & F

Company: D.G. Khan Cement Company Ltd.
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 75,000 metric tonnes
Price: 82.00 C & F

Company: Patra Imexpo Trading Company 
Country: Pakistan
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 82.00 C & F

Company: Transcontinental Impex Company
Country: China
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 99.00 C & F

Company: British Lanka Trading Pvt. Ltd.
Country: China
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 127.00 CIFFO

Company: Stellar Global Pte. Ltd.
Country: Singapore
Quantity: 120,000 metric tonnes
Price: 138.00 (in bulk)

The present procurement procedure is that all tenders to be awarded should be approved by the Board of Directors.


(vii)    the total turnover and profits of the Company to date on monthly basis;

Answer:

Turnover for the period from 01.01.2008 to 31.03.2009 – Rs. 205,624,730.00 (Un-audited)
Net Profit for the period from 01.01.2008 to 31.03.2009 – Rs. 643,374.00 (Un-audited)

(Although the Company commenced its business operations in January 2008, the financial transactions have taken place from 19th March 2008)


(viii)    the profit and turnover ratio; and

Answer:

Gross Profit Ratio – 7.5% (as at 31.03.2009)
Net Profit Ratio – 0.3% (as at 31.03.2009)


(ix)    the market share held by the State Trading Co-operative Wholesale Company Limited?

Answer:

This Government Company has been set up as an arm to intervene the market, to streamline supplies in order to stabilize prices, to import essential commodities when required and to maintain buffer stocks. It is not the intention to hold a market share by this Company.


(b)    Will he state the number of shops registered on district basis as consumer Trading outlets in the country?

Answer:

No shops registered on District basis.


(c)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not Applicable