The following decisions were taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on January 18, 2012.
Four year Dengue Surveillance Project
Cabinet approval was granted to a proposal made by the Minister of Health Maithripla Sirisena for the Epidemiology Unit of the health ministry to carry out a four year surveillance project supporting healthcare system capacity building, and to develop an early warning system for Dengue in the country.
Due to the increasing spread of Dengue in the world, the European Commission has decided to provide funding support to set up a multi-country project in the developing countries.Accordingly the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has been chosen to conduct the main surveillance component of this project. The project will be implemented in Sri Lanka for the next 4 years.
A sum equivalent to Euro 1.1 million will be received over the next 4 years to conduct this project from the European Commission.
Elphinston Theatre to be renovated at a cost of Rs 286 M
The proposal made by T.B. Ekanayake, Minister of Culture and the Arts for the renovation and rehabilitation of the Elphinston Theatre, Maradana and to provide improved facilities to the public, at an estimated cost of Rs. 286 million was approved by the cabinet.
Elphinston Theatre built in 1925 was brought under Tower Hall Foundation and was declared open after renovation along with adjoining new building -Sarasavipaya in 1988.
Since then it has not been renovated fully and the Cabinet decided to entrust the work to the Civil Defence Force.
Jaffna University gets new Engineering Faculty in Kilinochchi
The Cabinet granted approval to establish an Engineering Faculty for the University of Jaffna in Kilinochchi.
Accordingly the Faculty of Agriculture and the Faculty of Engineering will be established at Ariviyal Nagar in Kilinochchi.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa at a meeting in Kilinochchi in June last year had promised to hand over the property at Kilinochchi for the purpose and the Cabinet has approved the allocation of Rs 393.79 million to renovate and develop the building.
Sri Lanka to Donate 7500 MT of Rice to Somalia
Cabinet decided to donate 7500 MT of rice to Somalia and a paddy stock of 15000 MT will be released from Ampara and Polonnaruwa districts to produce rice for the purpose.
Cabinet was informed by the Minister of Co-operatives and Internal Trade that the storage facilities for 100,000 MT of paddy is available in the 2011/2012 Maha season.
It was also informed that storage facilities for additional 50,000 MT are also available with the Paddy Marketing Board in the paddy growing districts for the Paddy harvest in 2011/2012 Maha Season.
Apart from the above, storage facilities available with the Co-operative Societies and also those that have been constructed at Oyamaduwa under the Deyata Kirula 2012 Project are also to be used for the purpose of storing paddy.