Summary of the Cabinet decisions
Declaration of National Eye Donation Day
Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by Healthcare and Nutrition
Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to declare an eye donation day to
encourage the achievement of future ambitions of the society which has
rendered a very valuable service to the society and to promote awareness
among the public about the Eye Donation Society and December 18 the date
of birth of late Deshabandu Dr. Hudson Silva, the founder member of the
society as the Eye Donation Day as a mark of gratitude to him for this
The payment of a special advance to public officers of Jaffna
District who were affected by heavy rains and cyclones that occurred in
November, 2008, was approved.
Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Public Administration
and Home Affairs Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama to an amount of a special
loan should be equivalent to one-month's consolidated salary, excluding
allowances, of the officer and should be recovered in ten equal monthly
instalments and to this loan to exempted from the total monthly limits
deductibles from the salary mentioned in the Establishment Code.
To an estimate of the damage caused to the house and belongings
should be attached to the loan application and to these payments should
be made in keeping within the maximum expenditure limits of the Public
Officers' advance account provided in the estimate of 2009.
Southern Transport Development Project
Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by Highways and Road
Development Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to the restructured contract for
Southern Transport Development Project (STDP), construction of Four Lane
Expressway for the section from Kottawa to Dodangoda, to the contractor,
China Harbour Engineering Company (Group) (CHEC) at the negotiated
prices of Rs. 20 billion including price escalation, physical
contingencies and 15 percent of VAT.
Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Ports and Aviation
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa to sign a Memorandum of Understanding
concerning recognition of certificates issued to seafarers between Sri
Lanka and the Kingdom of Belgium and to empower the Director General of
Merchant Shipping, Ports and Aviation Ministry to sign MoU concerning
the recognition of certificates issued to seafarers.
Regional industrial estates
Cabinet approved a memorandum submitted by the Industrial Development
Minister Kumara Welgama to allocate land blocks from the relevant
industrial estates in extent as given into each investor/company on a
'50 year Term Lease' and to allow these investors to access respective
lands to commence construction of their factories pending the signing of
Lease Agreement and to withdraw the block of land so allocated and
cancel the Lease Agreement if no meaningful action is taken by
respective allottee to set up industry within the stipulated period of
six months from the date of such allocation.
Industrial Estates (IEs) have been established in Kurunegala,
Puttalam, Polonnaruwa, Ampara, Trincomalee, Matale, Kandy, Ratnapura,
Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Colombo and Gampaha Districts.