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Cabinet Decisions

Land acquisition for Mattala Air Force Camp

The Sri Lanka Air Force provides security to all Airports in Sri Lanka. The Mattala Rajapaksa Airport is considered as a strategically important airport in the Indian Ocean Region and an Air Force Camp which is similar to the camp operated at the Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport is required to be set up therein. Considering the proposal presented by the Minister of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development and Minister of Food Security and Consumer Welfare, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to allocate adjoining land 200 acre in extent for this purpose.


Dissolution of C.F.C. Founding limited liability Company

The C.F.C. Founding limited liability company was established on a decision taken by the Cabinet of Ministers in 2016 with the intention of establishing and maintaining the Financial City of the Colombo Port City Project.

A Committee of Experts has been appointed to analyze the present project portfolio and the committee has observed that the company is no longer needed.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Prime Minister, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, Economy and Policy Development to dissolve the company above mentioned in accordance with Section 319 (b) of the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007, and to authorize the secretary to the treasury to carry out other related activities.


Land allocation for Mahamewnawa Buddhist College

Chief Incumbent of the Seruwila Wilgamwehera Somawathie Rajamaha Vihara has requested for a four-acre land in Malabe on a concessionary payment basis to establish a Mahamevnawa Buddhist College. Accordingly, the Urban Development Authority has identified a 2 acre 2 rood 0.70 perch plot of land at the IT Park in Malabe to be allocated for this purpose. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities for the disposal of the said land to Mahamevnawa Buddhist School on 30-year lease basis.

Proposed Jaffna, Birmingham Universities MoU

In regard to the ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ policy framework, the vitality of implementing development strategic programmes that navigate towards an economy based on knowledge has been recognized. Adhering to the strategic concept mentioned above, it has been proposed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the University of Jaffna and the University of Birmingham of the United Kingdom in regard to the global medical group researches on Atrial Fibrillation implemented by the National Institute for Health Research of the United Kingdom, by adhering to the said strategy.

Enhancement of research ability of undergraduates and candidates of postgraduate degree will be fulfilled across this proposed Memorandum of Understanding. It is proposed to allocate an amount of Sterling Pounds 209,000 of United Kingdom as funds for total financial aid and consultation aid. Accordingly, the proposal submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers by the Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation for entering into the Memorandum of Understanding for the proposed research project has been approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.


Awarding of 45% of school textbooks printing to Govt.Printing Corporation

The printing of school textbooks during the years 2018 and 2019 has been entrusted to the Government Printing Cooperation overlooking the tender procedure. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal of the Minister of Education for awarding the open tender for printing a portion of the total required school textbooks for year 2021 away from the open tender procedure to the Government Printing Cooperation, considering the capacity of the Cooperation and its previous performance.

Int’l Sports complex and Sports Academy at Diyagama

An International Sport Complex along with a Sports Academy is being constructed with all necessary facilities in a land in extent of 125 acres in Diyagama in the Homagama Divisional Secretariat Division in the Colombo district.

The proposal submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers by the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs for taking further measurements required for revising and developing the plans of the above sports complex so that the National University of Sports which was highlighted in the policy declaration of ‘Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour’ was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Furthermore, the proposal submitted by the Minister for the appointment of an Intellectual Committee chaired by Dr. Chandra Embuldeniya acted as the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Uva Wellassa for submission of recommendations of studies of all circumstances pertaining to the process of the establishment of the proposed Sports University too was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Enhanced telecommunication system for Railway Dept.

The Asian Development Bank has granted a loan for enhancing the railway system in Colombo suburbs and it has been planned to use a portion of that grant for the purchase of an islandwide telecommunication system for Sri Lanka Railway Department. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by the Minister of Transport Services Management for awarding the contract for the purpose to the JV of Ms/ Dialog Axiata PLC and Ms/ Dialog Broadband Network (Pvt) Ltd., subject to the recommendation of the Standing Procurement Committee appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers. 


Land acquisition North Western University Medical Faculty

Rs. 70 million has been allocated on Cabinet approval for the land acquisition of land for the Sri Lanka North Western University’s Medical Faculty construction.

It is estimated that the current value of the land will cost Rs. 92 million.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation to increase this amount up to Rs. 92 million.


Issuance of “Skills License” to NVQ holders

The Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission has introduced a National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQ) and a national qualification system. It is planned to launch a pilot project to introduce a skills license for Skilled Craftsmen with National Vocational Qualifications and for migrant workers, in partnership with the International Labour Organization and the Ceylon Employers Federation to enhance the recognition of this methodology.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations to issue a “ Skills License” to skilled NVQ Certificate holders who possess at least one year experience,in the form of a smart card.


Re-initiating production activities at Valaichchenai Paper Mill

The Government has identified the vitality of re-initiating the state ventures with a potential. Therefore, steps are being taken to re - initiate production activities of the Valaichchenai Paper Mill as a diversification project.

Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted its consent as a policy decision to the proposal tabled by the Minister of Industries and Supply Management for implementation of diversification project proposed with the sub-projects of generation of electricity within the factory complex using solar power, initiation of a bottled water factory utilizing a portion of excess water by refining after utilizing for the activities of the factory, cultivating suitable crops to grow within the climate zone in a land in extent of 100 acres from a bare land at the Valaichchenai Paper Mill and to establish a holiday resort with a workshop within the complex. - DM

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