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Oral Questions - Tuesday 20th October 2009

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QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWERS

To be raised by the Hon. Ravi Karunanayake when
Parliament meets on Tuesday 20th October 2009




1.    0689/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake – To ask the Minister of Transport –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the profit / loss of Sri Lanka Railways (SLR) for the last 05 years to-date on per year basis; and

Answer:

Year: 2004
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 4,327,898,955.00
Revenue (Rs.): 1,678,082,957.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 2,649,815,9976.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 39%

Year: 2005
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 5,511,762,037.00
Revenue (Rs.): 1,958,082,175.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 3,553,679,861.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 35%

Year: 2006
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 6,472,574,116.00
Revenue (Rs.): 2,491,261,936.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 3,981,312,179.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 38%

Year: 2007
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 7,296,676,147.00
Revenue (Rs.): 2,999,325,586.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 4,297,350,561.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 41%

Year: 2008
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs): 8,224,567,543.00
Revenue (Rs.): 3,671,386,934.00
Operational Loss (Rs.): 4,553,180,609.00
Revenue as a percentage to the Recurrent Expenditure: 47%


(ii)    the number of staff members working on permanent and casual basis for the last 05 years?

Answer:

Year: 2004
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,806
No. of Casual Employees: 1,367

Year: 2005
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,469
No. of Casual Employees: 891

Year: 2006
No. of Permanent Employees: 15,111
No. of Casual Employees: 1,777

Year: 2007
No. of Permanent Employees: 14,600
No. of Casual Employees: 2,767

Year: 2008
No. of Permanent Employees: 16,597
No. of Casual Employees: 1,529


b)    Will he state for the last 05 years on per year basis –

(i)    the date that the railway fares were increased; and

Answer:

5th January 2004
Fares were increased by 60% for Urban and Suburban regions and by 40% for other regions.

1st March 2004
Revision of all fares by 50% to eliminate fore irregularity existed as at 1st April 2004.

1st August 2005
Revision of existing fare by 40% to 90%

1st June 2008
Revision of existing fare by 90% to 150%

1st December 2008
Reduction of fare by 10% on all train tickets exceeding the value of Rs. 20.00 as effected by the fare revision of 1st June 2008.

(ii)    the revenue and cost?

Answer:

Revenue

Year: 2004
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 994,207,477
Season Tickets (Rs.): 271,953,132
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 58,837,647
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 260,769,699
Various othe receipts (Rs.): 92,315,000
Total Revenue (Rs.): 1,678,082,957

Year: 2005
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,148,074,677
Season Tickets (Rs.): 331,193,171
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 59,015,753
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 270,084,995
Various other receipts (Rs.): 149,713,577
Total Revenue (Rs.): 1,958,082,175

Year: 2006
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,385,478,549
Season Tickets (Rs.): 440,657,934
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 73,189,725
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 319,326,611
Various other receipts (Rs.): 272,609,116
Total Revenue (Rs.): 2,491,261,936

Year: 2007
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 1,586,218,967
Season Tickets (Rs.): 446,842,481
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 99,103,534
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 314,087,277
Various other receipts (Rs.): 553,073,324
Total Revenue (Rs.): 2,999,325,586

Year: 2008
Passenger Revenue (Rs.): 2,024,355,362
Season Tickets (Rs.): 698,988,307
Parcel and Mail (Rs.): 106,878,450
Transportation of goods and animals (Rs.): 363,446,321
Various other receipts (Rs.): 477,718,492
Total Revenue (Rs.): 3,671,386,934

Expenditure

Year: 2004
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 4,327,898,955
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 2,307,919,276
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 6,635,818,231

Year: 2005
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 5,511,762,037
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 2,901,675,040
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 8,413,437,077

Year: 2006
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 6,472,574,116
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 3,600,037,519
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 10,072,611,636

Year: 2007
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 7,296,676,147
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 6,056,954,455
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 13,353,630,602

Year: 2008
Recurrent Expenditure (Rs.): 8,224,567,543
Capital Expenditure (Rs.): 10,276,929,657
Total Expenditure (Rs.): 18,501,497,201



c)    Will he also state the total debt for SLR as at 2002 to 2008 and as at to date in 2009?

Answer:

Date: 31.12.2002
Credit Amount (Rs.): 1,808,003,298.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2003
Credit Amount (Rs.): 925,984,230.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2004
Credit Amount (Rs.): 820,837,005.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2005
Credit Amount (Rs.): 93,929,628.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2006
Credit Amount (Rs.): 90,833,875.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2007
Credit Amount (Rs.): 2,059,122,070.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.12.2008
Credit Amount (Rs.): 2.231.793,612.00
Present State: Settled

Date: 31.08.2009
Credit Amount (Rs.): 1,219,340,914.00
Present State: Amount to be settled in future



d)    If not, why?

Answer:

Not relevant.




2.    0690/’09
Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, – To ask the Minister of Transport –

a)    Will he inform this House –

(i)    the profit / loss of Sri Lanka Central Transport Board (SLCTB) for the last 05 years to-date on per year basis; and

(ii)    the number of staff members working on permanent and casual basis for the last 05 years?



b)    Will he state for the last 05 years on per year basis –

(i)    the date that the bus fares were increased; and

(ii)    the revenue and cost?



c)    Will he also state the total debt for SLCTB as at 2002 to 2008 and as at to-date in the year 2009?



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 / Kilograms
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?

Answer:

-    Unfavourable climate condition
-    Unsuitable soil condition
-    Non availability of high quality seeds
-    Farmers do not show an interest to cultivate some crops
-    Some subsidy schemes are limited to specific crops



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:

Annexure 4


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

Answer:

(1)    Dry Chillie
(2)    Big Onions
(3)    Potato
(4)    Maize
(5)    Green Gram



c)    If not why?

Answer:

Not applicable.