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Cabinet decisions

Supplying medical equipment to upgrade Mannar and Vavunia Hospitals to treat battle casualties

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Healthcare and Nutrition Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to procure medical equipment to upgrade Mannar and Vavunia Hospitals to treat battle casualties.

Accordingly 83 pieces of 15 different types of equipment from 10 supplies were recommended to purchase at the total cost of Rs. 50,498,779.30 + Vat with the approval of the Healthcare and Nutrition Ministry.

The decision came following the meeting summoned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa with the Secretary to the President and other officials and as requested by the Army Commander to upgrade medical facilities at the Mannar and Vavunia hospitals to treat battle casualties.

Accordingly the facilities to these two hospitals will be provided on urgent basis.

Approval of building plans for the Police Dept. will exempt from payment of 1% Service Charge to the Urban Development Authority

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order to exempt the 1 per cent Service Charge paid to Urban Development Authority (UDA) when approving building plans for the Department of Police.

This step was taken to save the large sum set aside as the service charge for the UDA when constructing buildings for the Department of Police.

As an excessive number of Police officers has to be deployed for services of many police divisions due to the current security situation, expeditious steps to construct new police stations for duties of such officers police barracks and quarters of the married officers has been taken by the Department of Police.

Construction of Divisional Secretariat building

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister Karu Jayasuriya to entrust construction of the Divisional Secretariat building, Bandarawela to Central Engineering Consulting Bureau.

The total estimated cost for the construction of the building complex is Rs. 47.78 million.

Restriction on convening officials

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon to restrict convening respective Provincial Council officials to the meetings conducted in Colombo by line Ministries, Departments and other institutions of the Government once a month whenever possible.

The decision was taken at the meeting of Governors and Chief Ministers of provinces and their attention has been focused on the disruption cause to perform duties by the Provincial Council officials including Provincial Chief Secretaries and Provincial Ministry Secretaries as well as on high transport costs and other expenses incurred when they are convened, from time to time, to Colombo to participate in various discussions and seminars by Line Ministries and Departments in the Central Government.

New Hospital complex for Sri Lanka Air Force in Nawala

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by President Rajapaksa as the Minister of Defence, Public Security, Law and Order for the establishment of a fully-fledged hospital complex to offer tertiary level medical and dental services to both serving and retired Air Force personnel and their immediate family members.

Sri Lanka Air Force will enter into a credit agreement with Bank Austria Creditanstalt for the construction of 196-bed Air Force Hospital Complex.

Accordingly, approval of the Cabinet of Ministers was granted to explore the suitability of the offered credit loan of Euro 33.49 million to construct and equip a 196-bed hospital complex as a turn-key project under "design and build" concept through M/s VAMED Engineering GmbH and Co.KG, Austria.

Resource Center for rain water harvesting

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to allocate a land for the establishment of a Resource Center to the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum to promote rain water harvesting in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly Cabinet approval was granted to allocate a land area of 15 perches at Battaramulla to the Lanka Rain Water Harvesting Forum on a 30 years lease period for the establishment of a Resource Center for rain water harvesting.

Allocation of land in Kirulapone to University of Moratuwa

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Urban Development and Sacred Area Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to allocate 12 perch block of land located at D.M. Colombage Mawata, Kirulapone to the University of Moratuwa to conduct some lectures/design programmes.

Accordingly the land will be allocated to the University of Moratuwa on lease basis for 50 years, on recovery of cost of the land worked out by the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

The land is owned by the Urban Development Authority.

Land blocks to set up industries from regional industrial estate and other state lands

Cabinet granted approval to a memorandum submitted by Industrial Development Minister Kumara Welgama to allocate separate land blocks to setup industries from regional industrial estates and other state lands.

Accordingly 22 land blocks to prospective investors from Regional Industrial Estate will be allocated for a total investment of Rs. 518.3 million.

Ten land blocks to prospective investors will be allocated under the 300 Gamata Karmantha Industrial Programme "approved under Negenahira Navodaya Development project, for a total investment of Rs. 1,046 million. The land blocks will be allocated on a "50 year term lease".

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