Amending the Defence Services Command and Staff College Act No 5 of
The Defence Services Command and Staff College is the only
educational institution which provides training facilities to middle
level officers of the three Armed Forces.
This institution will be affiliated to the General Sir John
Kotelawala Defence University to award post graduate degrees to officers
in the three armed services.
Officers who get through the residential certificate course after
passing the PSC certificate course, they are entitled to apply for the
Post Graduate course at the University of Kelaniya.
The proposal by the President, as Defence and Urban Development
Minister, to make arrangements in the Act to make this affiliation and
to instruct the Legal Draftsman to draft amending legislation was
approved by the Cabinet.
Allocation of blocks of land on regional industrial estates to set
The Cabinet on a proposal by Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad
Bathiudeen gave its approval for the allocation of blocks of land to 52
selected industrialists on a 35-year lease basis, in the industrial
parks in the country. on the recommendations of the authorities and on
There are 25 intestinal estates established on district basis in the
country. The selection of industrialists for investment is being done
following a transparent procedure. This will create around 3,000 direct
job opportunities islandwide with an investment of Rs 2,040 million.
MoU with Republic of Kazakhstan
The Cabinet on a proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L
Peiris gave its approval to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
with the Republic of Kazakastan during his proposed visit to the
Republic of Kazakhstan.
The objective of the proposed MoU is to further strengthen and
consolidate the close relationship between Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan by
reviewing at an annual meeting, the political, economic, trade,
scientific and cultural cooperation as well as issues of mutual
interests in the international arena.
Early action taken to provide free school textbooks and uniforms for
The proposal by Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena to entrust the
printing of school textbooks to the State Printing Corporation and the
Department of Government Printing and the balance, if any, through open
competitive bidding, was approved by the Cabinet.
It is expected to distribute school textbooks on time to around four
million students and Bhikku students studying from grade one to 11 in
A proposal by Minister Gunawardena to import 50 percent of the total
quantity of school uniform material for 2013 through the Sri Lanka State
Trading (General) Corporation, following the competitive bidding
procedure, was approved by the Cabinet.
Tractors to be provided to farmers at concessionary rates to promote
local food production
The Japanese government has made available to the Agriculture
Ministry, a consignment of agricultural equipment worth yen 360 million
in 2012 which includes 50 four wheel tractors and 896 two wheel
On a proposal by Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, the
Cabinet decided to provide agricultural equipment on concessionary terms
to farmer organisations; and farmers who excel in the field of
agriculture, selected through a transparent procedure where the use of
organic fertiliser and the achievements made under the Divi Neguma
programme are measured.
Two wheel tractors will be sold at an estimated price of Rs 250,000
with all accessories and spare parts and four wheel tractors with all
accessories and spare parts will be sold at Rs 650,000.
These will be issued with a minimum payment of Rs 25,000 to recover
the balance amount within 36 monthly installments.
Regulatory mechanism to deal with lightning prone construction
A regulatory mechanism coupled with a national certification system
to reduce lightning related hazards caused by lightning prone
construction will be introduced
The proposal by Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera to
establish a National Centre for Lighting Safety, under the Department of
Meteorology with an Interim Committee of officials headed by the
Director General of Meteorology to manage the centre until a proper
legislation is framed, was approved by the Cabinet.
Construction of building for Ruhuna University Engineering Faculty
The proposal by Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake to
construct a three- storied building for the library of the Faculty of
Engineering of the University of Ruhuna at a cost of Rs128.6 million, to
commence this project in 2012 and complete construction work within
three years, was approved by the Cabinet.
Japanese Human Resources Development Scholarship Programme
The Japanese government has agreed to provide Japanese Yen 211
million (approximately Rs 340 million) to Sri Lanka for the Japanese
Human Resources Development Scholarship Programme to be implemented in
The programme's objective is to provide opportunities to government
officials to follow post graduate studies in Japanese universities in
public policy and public finance, public administration, regional
The candidates for this programme will be selected on a competitive
The proposal made by President, as the Finance and Planning Minister,
to enter into a grant agreement with Japan International Co-operation
Agency to obtain the above grant assistance was approved by the Cabinet.