MoU with India for technical assistance in support of National Plan
for a Trilingual Sri Lanka
The Presidential Initiative for Trilingual Sri Lanka aims to make
every Sri Lankan citizen knowledgeable in Sinhala, Tamil and English.
The 10 - year National Plan for a Trilingual Sri Lanka drawn up for the
purpose, sets the foundation for a national initiative to encourage the
acquisition of trilingual skills and competencies by all citizens.
Technical assistance is to be obtained from the Indian government.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's proposal to sign the agreement between the
Sri Lankan and Indian governments, after incorporating the amendments
discussed at the Cabinet meeting, was approved by the Cabinet.
Rs 71 m for Weeraketiya Town Centre Development
The Urban Development Authority (UDA) intends to develop the
Weeraketiya Town Centre under the Small Township Development Programme.
The area identified to be developed is about 1.2 km in length. The
project includes the development of walkways, construction of boundary
walls, re-location of shops / houses, construction of public vehicle
park etc. The proposal was made by the President, in his capacity as the
Defence and Urban Development Minister to implement the project at Rs
71.0 million, with funds to be provided under the Medium Term Budgetary
Frame Work, was approved by the Cabinet.
Water convention - 2013
The Water Supply and Drainage Ministry together with the National
Water Supply and Drainage Board is planning to organise a Water
Convention at the BMICH from March 20 to 22. An exhibition will also be
held to coincide with the convention. Water Supply and Drainage Minister
Dinesh Gunawardena's proposal to proceed with the programme was approved
by the Cabinet.
Rs 63.8 m for Beliatta Town Development Project
The Local Government and Provincial Councils Ministry initiated a
programme to develop rapidly small and medium scale towns.
Beliatta town in the Hambantota district has been selected to be
developed under this programme.
Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister A L M Athaullah's
proposal to proceed with the project at a cost of Rs 63 8 million, was
approved by the Cabinet.
Residential Care Home for children with Autism
The Udapadi Trust was initiated in 2003 by parents to meet the needs
of the children profoundly disabled by Autism and Autism related
disorders at least to a certain extent.
On a proposal by Social Services Minister Felix Perera to provide
funds for this, Cabinet observed that funds have been provided through
the Budget Estimate for 2013. Cabinet also decided that the Social
Welfare Ministry should formulate a proper mechanism for the welfare of
such disabled children and prepare an action plan.
Govt institutions asked to sell discarded paper to Valachchenai
State Resources and Enterprise Development Dayasritha Thisera's
proposal to inform state institutions to sell discarded paper to the
National Paper Company Ltd for re-cycling was approved by the Cabinet.
Rehabilitation of road sections
The government received a loan of Saudi Riyal 225,000,000 from the
Saudi Fund for Development for the rehabilitation and improvement of
about144 km of the national road network of Sri Lanka.
A part of the loan will be utilised for the following: Rehabilitation
and improvements to the road section from Katugastota to Alawathugoda
(from 4.6 km to 15.57 km) on Kandy - Jaffna Road (A9) at Rs 767,037,3
82.82; rehabilitation and improvements to the road section from
Alawathugoda to Palapathwela (from 15.57 km to 32.54 km) on Kandy -
Jaffna Road (A9) at Rs 949,155,320.32.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's proposal as Ports and Highways
Minister, to award the two contracts as recommended by the Standing
Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the
A-24 Road from Matara to Godagama to be developed
The government received a US$ 85 million loan from the Asian
Development Bank (ADB) for financing a portion of highway upgrading
component of the National Highways Sector Project.
A part of the loan will be utilised for the project.
The President's proposal as Ports and Highways Minister, to award the
contract for Rs 639,302,114.01 as recommended by the Standing Cabinet
Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC) was approved by the Cabinet.
Road sections from Dehiowita to Deraniyagala and from Thambalagamuwa
to Surangal Junction to be developed
President Mahinda Rajapaksa's proposal, in his capacity as Ports and
Highways Minister, to utilise a part of the loan of US $60 million from
the Saudi Fund for Development, for the rehabilitation and improvements
to the following sections of roads, was approved by the Cabinet:
Road section from Dehiowita to Deraniyagala (From 0 to 14.0 km) on
Dehiowita - Deraniyagala - Noori Road (B093) at a cost of
R.1,092,571,553.13; and Road section from Thambalagamuwa to Surangal
Junction (From 0 to 8,5 1cm) on Thampalakamarn - Kinniya Road (B541) at
a cost of Rs.875,848,040.63.
Road from Rakwana to Madampe and Karandana Bridge to be developed
The government received a loan of US$ 40 million from the OPEC Fund
for International Development for the rehabilitation and improvements to
roads in the National Road Network.
The proposal by the President in his capacity as Ports and Highways
Minister, to utilise a part of the above loan for the following, as
recommended by Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC),
was approved by the Cabinet:
Road section from Rakwana to Madampe (From 130.0 km to 143.93 kin) on
Galle - Deniyaya - Madampe Road (A17) at a cost of Rs.2,05 1,401,287.60;
and Reconstruction of Bridge No.3/2 (Karandana Bridge) on Polgahawela -
Kegalla Road (A19) at a cost of Rs.247,659,8 12.50.
Japanese grant for four projects
The Japanese government agreed to provide grant assistance amounting
to Japanese Yen 2,678 million (approximately Rs.3,749 million) for the
implementation of the following projects, to promote socio-economic
development of Sri Lanka: The project for the construction of a Dredger
- Japanese Yen 988 million (approximately Rs, 1383 million) for the
procurement of a self propelled grab hopper dredger to develop the
fisheries industry; project for the development of an Intelligent
Transport Information System for Expressways in Sri Lanka - Japanese Yen
940 million (approximately Rs 13 16 million) to provide road traffic
information to road users; provision of Japanese SME products - Japanese
Yen 200 million (approximately Rs 280 million) for the provision of
industrial equipment; provision of medical equipment - Japanese Yen 550
million (approximately Rs.770 million) for provision of Medical
Equipment to Teaching Hospitals, Secondary Hospitals and Medical
Research Institutes, to improve healthcare facilities.
The proposal submitted by the President as Finance and Planning
Minister was approved by the Cabinet.
Grant assistance from German government
The government of the Federal Republic of Germany agreed to provide
Euro 6 million grant assistance to implement two development projects -
Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development: and Education for Social
The proposal by the President, in his capacity as Finance and
Planning Minister to sign the exchange of notes for the purpose, was
approved by Cabinet.
Section 15 of Prescription Ordinance to be replaced
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem's proposal to instruct the Legal
Draftsman to prepare amending legislation to make amendments to the
Prescription Ordinance was approved by the Cabinet