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Oral Questions - Tuesday 3rd November 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 3rd November 2009



1.    0715/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Administration and Deputy Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the number of armed forces personnel who are in the prison owing to the fact that they had deserted their posts prior to 19th  May, 2009;

Answer:

Officers – 136
Other Rankers – 4,355


(ii)    the action being taken to ensure that they are released;

Answer:

The have been released on amnesty (Special Pardon)


(iii)    whether they enjoy pension rights if they had served the pensionable period; and

Answer:

As per the curriculum vitae of personnel in the Armed Forces who were imprisoned due to relinquishment of their posts prior to 19th May 2009, they have not served an adequate period of service to receive pensions. However, if they have a relevant period of service, they can request to obtain the approval for the entitlement of a pension through the Minister in terms of the 13th Provision of the Pension and Gratuities Code.


(iv)    if not so, how they can they be assisted to come back to the forces?

Answer:

Non re-employment of personnel in the Armed Forces who were discharged from the service after taking disciplinary action and imposing punishments by the Army is being in force as a stern policy.



b)    If not why?

Answer:

Is not applicable.




2.    0716/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake,— To ask the Minister of Sports and Public Recreation, –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the names of persons who are administrating the Sri Lanka Cricket Board funds as of to-date;

(ii)    the cash position at the moment and for the last 05 years on yearly basis;

(iii)    the source of funds to the Cricket Board for the last 10 years on yearly basis;

(iv)    whether all awards which help us to earn revenue are decided by a Tender Board; and

(v)    if not, the method which is fairly applied?


b)    Will he submit to this House the Audited accounts of Sri Lanka Cricket Board for the last 06 years?


c)    Will he state –

(i)    the amount been paid to the cricketers and pool players;

(ii)    whether their earnings are tax free;

(iii)    if not, what the tax input is;

(iv)    the names of the 20 most expensive officers in the Sri Lanka Cricket Board; and

(v)    their monthly/ yearly earnings for the last 05 years on yearly basis, separately?


d)    If not why?



3.    0708/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and Consumer Services, –

a)    Will he inform this House for the last 05 years –

(i)    10 locally grown agricultural commodities imported to the country;

Answer:

(1)    Rice
(2)    Chillies
(3)    Green Gram
(4)    Cow Pea
(5)    Potato
(6)    Red Onions
(7)    Big Onions
(8)    Soya Bean
(9)    Maize
(10)    Millet – Kurakkan


(ii)    the quantity imported per year on per item basis;

Answer:

Annexure 1

Item: Potato

Year / Kgs.
2004 – 28,013,855
2005 – 40,745,861
2006 – 46,554,190
2007 – 85,928,887
2008 – 99,352,631

Item: Red Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 -   2,693,227
2005 – 10,233,439
2006 – 10,858,906
2007 – 23,754,386
2008 – 26,853,871

Item: Big Onions

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 115,119,860
2005 – 110,712,710
2006 – 119,478,279
2007 – 140,727,575
2008 – 146,601,643

Item: Green Gram

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 12,672,692
2005 -   9,321,392
2006 – 11,494,720
2007 – 12,764,043
2008 – 13,728,284

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 117,750
2005 – 242,894
2006 – 349,250
2007 – 575,255
2008 – 745,309

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,920,331
2005 – 1,803,269
2006 – 2,004,665
2007 – 2,657,603
2008 – 2,609,047

Item: Chillies

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 24,323,004
2005 – 27,260,644
2006 – 29,410,414
2007 – 31,241,868
2008 -   5,881,662

Item: Maize

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 148,782,048
2005 – 146,848,744
2006 –   83,695,472
2007 –   78,365,820
2008 –   82,488,375

Item: Rice

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 221,662,693
2005 –   51,728,642
2006 –   11,536,405
2007 –   88,003,362
2008 –   84,056,934

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Kilograms
2004 – 1,607,101
2005 – 1,308,138
2006 –    211,500
2007 –          960
2008 – 2,444,541


(iii)    the domestic consumption of these items along with the actually grown quantity in the country;

Answer:

Annexure 2

Maha Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares
2004 – 469,000
2005 – 570,000
2006 – 586,000
2007 – 512,,000
2008 – 568,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,781
2007 – 4,306
2008 – 5,023

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,438
2005 – 6,889
2006 – 6,174
2007 – 6,093
2008 – 7,123

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 6,592
2005 – 7,262
2006 – 6,960
2007 – 6,231
2008 – 7,655

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,532
2005 – 3,025
2006 – 2,457
2007 – 2,212
2008 – 1,618

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,039
2005 – 2,690
2006 – 2,715
2007 – 2,731
2008 – 2,487

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 76
2005 – 185
2006 – 313
2007 – 250
2008 – 219

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 20,275
2005 – 23,905
2006 – 26,310
2007 – 27,095
2008 – 42,864

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 10,103
2007 – 9,048
2008 – 9,883

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 178
2005 – 359
2006 – 427
2007 -  289
2008 – 219

Yala Season

Item: Rice

Year / Hectares

2004 – 251,000
2005 – 345,000
2006 – 314,000
2007 – 284,000
2008 – 464,000

Item: Kurakkan

Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 1,129
2007 – 1,101
2008 – 1,056

Item: Green Gram

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,169
2005 – 2,754
2006 – 2,526
2007 – 2,673
2008 – 2,233

Item: Cow Pea

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,073
2005 – 4,098
2006 – 3,690
2007 – 4,403
2008 – 4,496

Item: Potato

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,963
2005 – 2,576
2006 – 2,837
2007 – 3,124
2008 – 3,251

Item: Red Onion

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,352
2005 – 3,100
2006 – 3,513
2007 – 2,879
2008 – 2,391

Item: Big Onions

Year / Hectares
2004 – 2,999
2005 – 4,367
2006 – 6,501
2007 – 6,738
2008 – 3,871

Item: Maize

Year / Hectares
2004 – 3,146
2005 – 4,496
2006 – 5,692
2007 – 7,086
2008 – 8,744

Item: Chillie
Year / Hectares
2004 – Nil
2005 – Nil
2006 – 4,787
2007 – 5,035
2008 – 4,920

Item: Soya Beans

Year / Hectares
2004 – 1,116
2005 – 2,721
2006 – 2,635
2007 – 2,567
2008 – 1,007


Domestic Consumption 2006 / 2007

Item / Kilograms

Rice:
White – 951,668
Samba – 393,407
Nadu – 641,474
Basmathi – 945

Kurakkan – 6,128
Green Gram – 11,087
Cow Pea – 5,588
Potato – 102,859
Red Onions – 49,172
Big Onions – 125,896
Maize – 3,097
Chillie – 35,504
Soya Beans – 1,647


(iv)    the duty component imposed on these items; and

Answer:

Annexure 3


(v)    the reason for not to grow domestically?

(1)    Many crops are area specific because of geographical conditions. (Eg.-
Potato – Upcountry
Big Onions – Matale
Red Onions – Puttalam, Jaffna
Maize – Mahaweli H, Anuradhapura

(2)    Higher unit cost of production and lower return

(3)    Lower production due to pest and disease problems (Eg. Chillie leaf curl complex (CCLC) is the major problem resulting in heavy yield losses up to 53% mostly in Yala season)

(4)    Climate change – water scarcity, floor and change of rainfall pattern (Specially in Yala season in Dry Zone)

(5)    Non availability of suitable lands – limited land availability

(6)    Less productivity – rain-fed cultivation and low investment in research and development.



b)    Will he state –

(i)    whether fertilizer subsidies are being given at the moment;

Answer:

Yes,


(ii)    if so, the tonnage been given on per year and per item basis; and

Answer:

Fertilizer subsidy given Paddy Cultivation (Metric Tonnes)

Year: 2006 Yala
Urea: 96,191,00
TSP: 21,323.00
MOP: 26,382.00

Year: 2006/2007 Maha
Urea: 137,580.00
TSP: 47,048.00
MOP: 43,311.00

Year: 2007 Yala
Urea: 95,207.00
TSP: 29,763.00
MOP: 27,383.00

Year: 2007/2008 Maha
Urea: 141,628.00
TSP: 41,468.00
MOP: 39,271.00

Year: 2008 Yala
Urea: 126,900.14
TSP: 51,086.90
MOP: 43,360.08

Year: 2008/2009 Maha
Urea: 146,686.00
TSP: 50,493.00
MOP: 43,574.00

Year: 2009 Maha
Urea: 91,164.84
TSP: 31,296.05
MOP: 28,032.82

Fertilizer subsidy given to Small Tea Estates (Metric Tonnes)

Year: 2006
Amount of Fertilizer: 24,486

Year: 2007
Amount of Fertilizer: 51,918

Year: 2008
Amount of Fertilizer: 48,442

Year: January – July 2009
Amount of Fertilizer: 79,825


(iii)    another five (05) agricultural items promoted at the moment?

Answer:

(1)    Gingerly
(2)    Ground Nut
(3)    Orange
(4)    Maize
(5)    Green Gram


c)    If not why?

Answer:

Not Applicable