New administrative office complex for Parliament at Madiwela
The proposal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Defence and Urban
Development Minister to allocate a block of land at Madiwela belonging
to the Urban Development Authority (UDA) to Parliament to construct an
administrative office complex to house the offices which are not
directly connected to its legislative and related matters, was approved
by the Cabinet.
UDA acquired blocks of low lying land of 150 acres at Madiwela and
Mirihana. The physical possession of the land has been handed over to
Parliament for development activities.
Rs 1,340 m to purchase paddy in Maha season 2011/2012
The President as Finance and Planning Minister informed the Cabinet
that due to the increase in the production of paddy, particularly in
Vavuniya, Polonnaruwa and Mullaitivu districts, more funds had to be
provided to the District Secretaries to purchase paddy. Paddy production
in the Maha Season 2011/2012 increased by 33 percent.
The approved advance from the revolving fund for purchase and sale of
agri- products, operated under the Treasury, allocated to the District
Secretaries, which was Rs l,015 million in the previous year, has now
increased by Rs 325 million to Rs 1,340 million.
Cabinet approval was granted for the increased amounts released to
the District Secretaries.
Further approval was also granted to increase the limit of advance to
the Paddy Marketing Board from Rs 1,900 million to Rs 2,000 million and
to increase the pledged loan limit granted by the People’s Bank to Rs
16,000 million and of BoC to Rs 2,600 million.
Implementation of dengue surveillance project
The Cabinet of Ministers took note of the situation report submitted
by Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena, according to which, Colombo,
Gampaha, Kalutara, Kandy, Kurunegala, Batticaloa, Matara, Kegalle,
Puttalam and Ratnapura districts are considered as high risk districts.
A total of 11,227 cases have been reported with 30 deaths. Over 50
percent of patients are from the Western Province. Cabinet approved a
project to be carried out by the Health Ministry to minimise the dengue
threat during the next four years under the direct purview of the chief
Five acres allocated for Wayamba University
The joint proposal by Higher Education Minister S B Dissanayake and
Coconut Development and Janatha Estate Development Minister Jagath
Pushpakumara to allocate five acres from the Makandura Research Centre,
belonging to the Coconut Research Institute, to the Wayamba University
of Sri Lanka, to construct buildings needed for the expansion of the
University, was approved by Cabinet.
Diplomatic relations to be established with 15 African countries
The government will establish diplomatic relations with 15 African
countries - Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Republic of Malawi, Burkina
Faso, Republic of Chad, Republic of Djibouti, Central African Republic,
Gabonese Republic, Republic of Cameroon, Republic of Cote d’lvoire,
Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Gambia, Republic of Cape
Verde, Republic of Sierra Leone, Togolese Republic and Republic of Niger
on a proposal by External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris.
Of the 62 countries in the African region, 54 are sovereign states.
Sri Lanka maintains residential missions in four countries – Egypt,
Kenya, South Africa and Libyan (temporarily closed due to the prevailing
situation ) with concurrently accredited to several other African
SLTTI to be re-established as Sri Lanka Media Training Institute
On a proposal by Mass Media and Information Minister, the Cabinet
approved to re- establish the Sri Lanka Television Training Institute as
a state owned limited liability company under the name Sri Lanka Media
This will be an education and training place. SLTTI established in
1984 was initially under the SLRC to train staff for the television
field and later brought under the Sri Lanka Foundation before being
taken over by the Mass Media Ministry in November 2011.
Rehabilitation of national highways with concrete surfacing through
The rehabilitation and upgrading of sections from 0 to 8.40 km and
19.00 to 33.50 km on Naula-Elahera-Laggala-Pallegama- Hettipola B312
Road Bodagama - Hambegamuwa Kaltota B528 Road from 0 to 48.20 km,
Thoppuwa - Dankotuwa Naththandiya - Madampe B419 Road from 0 to 26.65 km
with concrete surfacing through domestic contractors was approved by the
Cabinet as proposed by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Ports and Highways
Urgent development programme to uplift living standards of people -
affected by drought
The provision of relief to people living in Anuradhapura and
Polonnaruwa districts in the North Central Province and also those in
other districts affected by the recent drought was discussed.
Some urgent measures to be taken in this regard are: Dredging of
major irrigation reservoirs to increase there water retention
capacities; attending to renovation work of canal systems of major
irrigation works; renovation of agricultural wells; provision of water
pumps to locations where necessary; providing seed paddy free of charge
to affected farmers for the next cultivation season; and engaging
members of affected families between the ages of 18 and 60 in renovation
work in the respective areas, making cash payments for the work done.
On a proposal by Agrarian Services and Wildlife Minister S M
Chandrasena, it was also decided to appoint an Officials’ Committee
consisting Secretaries of Ministries of Irrigation and Water Resources
Management; Economic Development, Agriculture; Agrarian Services and
Wildlife; and Disaster Management, to oversee the expeditious
implementation of these relief measures.