Published on Thursday, 15 December 2011 12:02
1. Policy on the Establishment of a Health Assessment for Resident Visa Applicants to Sri Lanka –
- On a proposal made by Mr Maithripala Sirisena, Minister of Health, the cabinet of ministers has decided to implement a policy to conduct a health assessment for the resident visa applicants to Sri Lanka,
- With the increased development activities taking place in the country after the conflict situation, it has been observed that quite a large number of foreigners obtain resident visas to Sri Lanka to participate in investment and other related activities.
- Accordingly, an Immigration Health Unit will be established at the Dept. of Immigration and Emigration in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to verify the health assessment documents of those immigrants
2. Govt. decides to implement the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) –
- The Government of Sri Lanka as per the voluntary pledge given in the course of its participation at the Universal Periodic Review meeting at the UNHRC in 2008, decided to implement the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) already approved by the Cabinet of Ministers
- The Government considers it important to implement the Human Right Action Plan to enable our successful engagement with several international human rights organizations, especially the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
- On a proposal made by Mr Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Plantation Industries and the Special envoy of the President on Human Rights it was decided to convene an Inter-ministerial committee under his chairmanship and
- Further to undertake initial work for Sri Lanka's participation in the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review in October 2012 .
3.Project to construct a 350 meter high Multifunctional communication Tower with a Leisure Park in Colombo
- With the present rate of growth in the TV and Telecommunication Sectors in the country, Cabinet approval has been granted to construct a multifunctional TV and Telecommunication Tower approximately 350 meters in height which could be used by 50 telecasting services. 10 telecommunication services and 50 radio broadcasting services.
- The proposal made by H.E. the President, to rename the project as "Colombo Lotus Tower Project" and to explore the possibility of shifting the project to a central tourist zone in Colombo was approved by the Cabinet,
4. GBP 45 million assistance to reconstruct 141 bridges in the country
- On a Proposal by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Minister of Ports & Highways the Cabinet approved a project for the construction of 141 single and two lane steel bridges throughout the country with financial assistance from Great Britain
- RDA has identified around 160 bridges need replacement with new bridges on a priority basis. Mabey Bridge Limited, UK is presently involved in the Regional Bridge Project implemented by the Road Development Authority with UK funding of GPB 45 million.
- Maybey Bridge Ltd, UK has been operating in Sri Lanka since 2002 and the projects commenced after 2008 include construction of five fly-overs and 136 Nos of bridges to be completed shortly.
- In the meantime approval was also granted for the rehabilitation of 29.21 km extent of the Galigamuwa- Ruwanwella Karawanella B 127 Road at an expense of Rs 2472 million under the project of rehabilitation of National Highways with concrete surfacing through domestic contractors.
5. Construction of new Building for Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute, and the University of Colombo–
- The proposal made by Mr S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to construct a four storied building at a total cost of Rs.79 million for Gampaha Wickramarachchi Ayurveda Institute
- Meanwhile another proposal by Mr. S.B. Dissanayake for construction of two stories, under stage I of the proposed seven storied building for the Faculty of Graduate Studies of the University of Colombo was approved by the Cabinet.
- The first two floors under Stage I of this project will be constructed with an amount of Rs.152 million allocated from the generated funds of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
6. 163 New Buses for CTB
- The proposal made by Mr. Kumara Welgama, Minister of Transport. to award the tender" on the recommendation of the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement committee, for the procurement 163 numbers of 54 seater buses from the Lanka Ashok Leyland PLC., was approved by the Cabinet
7. Euro 11.5 M Grant Assistance from Germany for projects in North East
- The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany has agreed to provide grant assistance in a sum of Euro 11,500,000 for the implementation of the following development projects in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka:
- Under this project a Vocational Training Centre will be established in Kilinochchi with a capacity of providing facilities to 400 students.
- Further facilities will also be made available for Small and Medium Sector Development Projects which include Textile, Agribusiness, Food and Beverages, Tourism related industry, Livestock etc.
- The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning to sign the Exchange of Notes for the purpose with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, was approved by the Cabinet.
8. Agreement with China to obtain Yuan 100 million Grant assistance
- The Government of the Peoples Republic of China has agreed to provide a grant in a sum of Renminbi Yuan 100 million to Sri Lanka and the proposal made by H.E. the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to enter into an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement between the two countries in December 2011 for the purpose, was approved by the Cabinet.