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01. An 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 of the country. Technical assistance for the purpose is to be obtained from the government of India and the proposal by H.E. the President to sign the relevant agreement between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Government of India, after incorporating the amendments discussed at the Cabinet Meeting, was approved by the Cabinet.
02. 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 and 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 above proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, to implement the above project at a total cost of 71.0 million, with funds to be provided under the Medium Term Budgetary Frame Work, was approved by the Cabinet.
03. Water Convention - 2013 - from 20th to 22nd in Colombo
Pursuant to a decision taken by the United Nations to declare the year 2013 as the 'International Year of Water Co-operation' and also to commemorate the World Water Day scheduled for 22' March, the Ministry of Water Supply and Drainage together with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board intends to organize a Water Convention at the BMICH from 20" to 22nd March 2013. The proposed Convention expects to bring together all possible stakeholders to create awareness and share experiences on Water Cooperation. An exhibition will also be held to coincide with the Convention. The proposal made by Hon. Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage, to proceed with the programme was approved by the Cabinet.
04. Rs 63.8 M for Beliatta Town Development Project
The Ministry of Local Government and Provincial Councils has initiated a programme to develop rapidly urbanizing small and medium scale towns in Sri Lanka where infrastructure facilities are not adequately developed for delivery of services to the Public. Beliatta town in the Hambantota District has been selected to be developed under this programme. Beliatta town is a Regional Centre which has access to a large number of main towns in the Hambantota District and it serves as a centre for collecting and marketing agricultural products. The proposal made by Hon. A.L.M. Athaullah, Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils, to proceed with the project at a total cost of Rs.63 8 million, was approved by the Cabinet.
05. Residential Care Home for the children profoundly disabled by Autism and Autism related disorders –
The "Udapadi Trust' has been initiated in 2003 by a group of 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 made by Hon. Felix Perera, Minister of Social Services, to provide funds for the purpose, Cabinet observed that funds have already been provided through the Budget Estimate for the year 2013. Cabinet also decided that the Ministry of Social Welfare should formulate a proper mechanism for the welfare of such disabled children and prepare an Action Plan for the purpose.
06. Govt. Institutions asked to sell discarded papers to Valachchenai Paper Mill
The proposal made by Hon. Dayasritha Thisera, Minister of State Resources and Enterprise Development, to inform all state institutions, to sell all their discarded paper to the National Paper Company Ltd. for re-cycling purposes, was approved by the Cabinet.
This is the largest government owned factory situated in the Eastern Province and the Ministry of State Resources and Enterprise Development is in the process of developing this factory into a profit making institution.
07. Rehabilitation of Road Sections from Katugastota to Alawathugoda and from Alawathugoda to Palapathwela
The government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of Saudi Riyal 225,000,000 (approximately US $60 million) from the Saudi Fund for Development, for the rehabilitation and improvement of about 144 km of the National Road network of Sri Lanka, A part of the above loan will be utilized for the following:
* rehabilitation and improvements to the road section from Katugastota to Alawathugoda (from 4.6 km to 15.57 km) on Kandy - Jaffna Road (A9) at a cost of Rs.767,037,3 82.82; and
* rehabilitation and improvements to the road section from Alawathugoda to Palapathwela (from 15.57 km to 32.54 km) on Kandy - Jaffna Road (A9) at a cost of Rs .949,155,320.32.
The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to award the above 2 contracts as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.
08. A-24 Road from Matara to Godagama to be developed
The government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of US$ 85 million 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 utilized for the above project. The proposal made by H.E. the President in his capacity as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to award the above contract for a sum of Rs,639,302,114.01, as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.
09. Road Sections from Dehiowita to Deraniyagala and from Thambalagamuwa to Surangal Junction to be developed
The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to utilize a part of the loan of approximately US $60 million from the Saudi Fund for Development, for the rehabilitation and improvements to the following sections of roads, was approved by the Cabinet:
Road section from Dehiowita to Deraniyagala (From 0 to 14.0 km) on Dehiowita - Deraniyagala - Noori Road (B093) at a cost ofRs.1,092,571,553.13; and Road section from Thambalagamuwa to Surangal Junction (From 0 to 8,5 1cm) on Thampalakamarn - Kinniya Road (B541) at a cost of Rs.875,848,040.63.
10. Road from Rakwana to Madampe and Karandana Bridge to be developed
The Government of Sri Lanka has received a loan of US$ 40 million from the OPEC Fund for International Development for the rehabilitation and improvements to roads in the National Road Network. The proposal made by H.E. the President in his capacity as the Minister of Ports and Highways, to utilize 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.
11. Japanese Grant of Yen 2,678 million (Rs.3,749 million) for four projects
The Government of Japan has agreed to provide grant assistance amounting to Japanese Yen 2,678 million (approximately Rs.3,749 million) for implementation of the following projects, to promote socio-economic development of Sri Lanka:
* the project for the construction of a Dredger - JapaneseYen 988 million (approximately Rs, 1383 million) for the procurement of a self propelled grab hopper dredger to develop the fishery, 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 necessary Road Traffic Information to road users.
* provision of Japanese SME's Products - Japanese Yen 200 million (approximately Rs.280 million) for 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 above proposal submitted by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, was approved by the Cabinet.
12. Grant Assistance of Euro 6 million from the Government of Federal Republic of Germany –
The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to provide grant assistance in a sum of Euro 6 million for the implementation of two development projects, namely, Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Development: and Education for Social Integration. The proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to sign the Exchange of Notes for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.
13. Section 15 of the Prescription Ordinance to be replaced
The proposal made by Hon. Rauff Hakeern, Minister of justice, to instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare amending legislation to make necessary amendments to the Prescription Ordinance, was approved by the Cabinet