The Government Information Department announced the following decisions taken at the Cabinet Meeting held on 25th January.
Defence Ministry, Armed Forces HQ to be relocated
The Cabinet of Ministers granted approval to relocate the Ministry of Defence, Office of the Chief of Defence Staff and Army Headquarters along with Headquarters of other Armed Forces at Battaramulla.
The project will be funded through the revenue generated from the sale of land at the present location near Galle Face Green.
Migrating domestic workers' minimum age 21 yrs
On a proposal made by the Minister of Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Mr. Dilan Perera, Cabinet approval was granted to increase the minimum age limit for migration as domestic workers, to 21 years from the age of 18 years.
Rural electrification projects to NCP
Approval was granted to enter into a Credit Facility Agreement with Nordea Bank AB of Sweden for US$ 53.49 million to start 550 new Rural Electrification Schemes to provide 110,000 domestic connections and 10,000 connections for small businesses/industries in the North Central Province.
This Extension to the Rural Electrification Project will provide 100% electrification
coverage to the North Central Province (NCP).
North Health Care System to be strengthened
On a proposal made by the Minister of Health, Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, Cabinet approval was granted for the improvement of facilities and renovation work in hospitals in these Districts, with Rs.150 million from JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency assistance).
Health Institutions in the entire Northern Province comprising five Districts namely, Jaffna, Manner, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu were damaged during the terrorist activities of the last 30 years.
South Eastern University to be upgraded
The Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development has agreed to provide a loan assistance of Kuwait Dinars 3 million (approximately US $ 10.5 million) to finance the implementation of development projects in the South Eastern University.
This is to develop essential academic infrastructure and introduce new demand driven degree programmes to meet national needs.