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1. Ranavlru Seva Authority Act to be amended
On the proposal made by the President as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, the Cabinet decided to amend paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of Sub Section (2)(1) of the Ranavlru Seva Authority Act No 54 of 1999 to include the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Navy and the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Air Force respectively, in its Board of Management.
Ranaviru Seva Authority was established in 1999, to provide welfare facilities to the disabled personal, deceased or disappeared personnel of the Three forces and the Police while engaged in the operational activities.
2. New buildings for five District Labour Offices
A proposal made by Mr. Gamini Lokuge, Minister of Labour and Labour Relations, for the
construction of 05 District Labour Offices in Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Negombo, Beliatta and Avissawella areas at a total cost of RS.199.62 million was approved by the Cabinet.
Allocation of Rs 199.62 million will be made under the Medium Term Budgetary Framework in three stages for the purpose.
3. Trainees on electrical work to be provided apprentice training at CEB
Trainees who are undergoing theoretical training on electrical work in Institutions under the purview of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development to be sent for apprentice training at the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) –
It has been proposed to commence a one year course in electricity at selected Centres of the Vocational Training Institutions under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, for. G.C.E. (O'/L.) qualified youth in Sinhala and Tamil Mediums.
GCE (O/L) qualified youth between the ages of 18 and 30 are to be recruited for this training course and they will be paid Rs 600/ per day in the first year, Rs 700/ per day in the 2nd year and in the 3rd year the apprentices will be paid Rs 750 per day while they undergo practical training at the CEB
The joint proposal made by Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy; and Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, to proceed with
the project, was approved by the Cabinet.
4. Rs 4.4 billion to rehabilitate three highways in the North Western province
On a proposal by the President as Minister of Ports and Highways Cabinet approval was granted for Rehabilitation of 38 km on the BO45 highway from Bangadeniya- Andigama-Anamaduwa, 11.28 km length on the B 356 road from Pannala- Kuliyapitiya- and 15.69 km length on B243 highway of Kuliyapitya – Hettipola road with Concrete Surfacing through Domestic Contractors.
A total sum of Rs.4.4 billion on a loan to be provided by Bank of Ceylon, for rehabilitation and improvement of these roads was approved
5. Bibila- Inginiyagala road to be developed at a cost of Rs 4.6 billion
Another proposal also made by President for rehabilitation of B 527 road in Bibile -Pitakumbura - Namaloya - Inginiyagala Road from 0 to 60.310 km.at a cost of Rs 4.6 billion was approved by the Cabinet.
6. US $ 3.5 M ADB assistance for Rural household electricity connection
Selection of "Financial Service Provider" for the "Rural Household Connection" Project, under the ADB Loan: L2519-SRI - Clean Energy Access Project
A .project to facilitate electricity access to poor households, initially in three Districts, namely, Hambantota, Ratnapura and Ampara.are in progress with US dollar 3.5 Million ADB assistance.
The proposed Rural Household Connection Project intends to improve operational and financial efficiency in rural electrification in the country and to expand coverage of rural electrification.
The proposal made by Patali Charnpika Ranawaka, Minister of Power and Energy, to authorize the SANASA development bank to operate as the Financial Service Provider for this project, was approved by the Cabinet.
7. Government decides to purchase all liquid milk through MILCO
Cabinet paid its special attention on the Collection and sale of Liquid Milk as the milk production in the country has increased considerably due to incentives given by the government to dairy farmers.
Accordingly, it was agreed that liquid milk collected by farmer organizations from dairy farmers in various parts of the country, will be purchased by MILCO Limited to be sent to its factories for the manufacture of powdered milk and milk, products.
Further, with the view to safeguarding the interests of dairy farmers, Cabinet of Ministers also decided to increase the import duty on imported milk powder, other than infant milk, with immediate effect.