Hon. (Dr.) Bandula Gunawardana,—To ask the Minister of Social Welfare and Primary Industries,—
(a) Will he inform this House—
(i) whether a Primary Industry Council has been established as per proposal No.182 of the 2016 budget;
(ii) if so, the date on which it was established and its location;
(iii) whether he will briefly explain the objective of establishing a Primary Industry Council and the programme for same;
(iv) whether a list of experts to be involved in the council is submitted;
(v) whether a list of primary industries active in Sri Lanka at present as indicated in the above proposal is submitted; and
(vi) the primary industries newly started in Sri Lanka including those in the North and East with the conclusion of the armed conflict in 2009?
(b) If not, why?