Government spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella briefed the media on decisions taken by the Cabinet at its meeting on October 31,2013.
Multi-Sector Action Plan for Nutrition
The Multi-Sector Action Plan for nutrition comprises activities formulated by a panel of experts under the guidance of the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in keeping with globally accepted standards for nutrition. The proposal made by the President Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Chairman, National Nutrition Council, to proceed with the activities relating to the above, was approved by the Cabinet.
Water Cooperation for Community Development - 2013
The International Conference on this subject was held recently in Anuradhapura. Many distinguished dignitaries from countries in the South Asian Region such as India, Pakistan, Maldives and Bhutan and local representatives from 450 community Based Water Supply Organizations had attended this Conference.
Several workshops had been conducted in order to share the experiences of their knowledge and best practices prevalent in the region and to promote mutual understanding and cooperation among the communities managing their water supply schemes. The above information was furnished to the Cabinet by Dinesh Gunawardena, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage.
Northern Road Connectivity Project - Award of Four Contract Packages in Stage II
The Government of Sri Lanka has obtained a loan of US $98 million from the Asian Development Bank towards the cost of rehabilitation and improvement of around 120KM of national highways under the Northern Road Connectivity project and a part of the proceeds of this loan is to be utilized for the rehabilitation and improvement of the following roads:
• Medawachchiya-Mannar - Talaimannar Road A 14) from 47.00 km to 62.10 km;
• Medawachchiya-Mannar - Talaimannar Road (A 14) from 62.10 krn to 76.50 km;
• Jaffna-Pannai - Kayts Road (AB19) from 0 to 10.00 km; and
• Jaffna-Pannai-Kayts Road (AB 19) from '0.00 km to 20.275 km.
The above proposal made by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Finance and Planning, was approved by the Cabinet.
Construction of a Building for the Extension to Administration Building, University of Moratuwa
The proposal made by S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education, to award the above contract to the lowest evaluated responsive bidder, as recommended by Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC), was approved by the Cabinet.
Difficulties faced by Teachers at the Zonal Education Offices
The President brought to the notice of the Cabinet of Ministers and also of the Chief Ministers of Provinces who attended the Cabinet meeting as invitees that, it has been brought to his notice that teachers have to undergo difficulties in attending to their establishment matters, particularly pertaining to their personal files, confirmation in service, salary increments. Loan facilities. Pensions and leave etc. at Zonal Education Offices. After discussion, the Chief Ministers of Provinces were requested to take action to streamline such activities at Zonal Education Offices and make such offices as teacher friendly institutions with a dedicated staff to cater to the needs of teachers.
Contribution to Commonwealth Scholarship Endowment Fund
Sri Lanka has been a beneficiary of Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan for a long period of time and a large number of University Academics of Sri Lanka have benefited from this Scholarship Scheme which has significantly contributed towards the improvement of academic standards of our universities. From this year onward, the Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom has listed Sri Lanka as a Commonwealth Scholarship awarding country providing necessary financial assistance for same. The proposal made by S.B. Dissanayake, Minister of Higher Education to make a onetime contribution of US $50,000 towards the Commonwealth Scholarship Endowment Fund from the funds allocated to the University Grants commission for 2013, was approved by the Cabinet.
The proposal made by Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Minister of Investment Promotion to proceed with the relevant Commonwealth Business Forum activities, was also approved by the Cabinet.