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    Cabinet Decisions on 26.07.2021 Featured

    July 27, 2021

    Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 26.07.2021


    1. Transferring the land in which the old chemical factory at Paranthan is situated to
    Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited on the basis of long - term lease.

    The predominant business endeavour of Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited, which is a government owned company under the purview of the Ministry of Industries is to import liquid Chlorine required for the purification of drinking water; from the countries such as India and Bangaladesh and supply to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. The factory / Company has planned to inaugurate a factory for production of Sodium Hydroxide and Chlorine while expecting to manufacture Hydrochloric acid, Propylammonium Chloride and Sodium Hypochlorite as by products of the industry. Therefore, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for the proposal furnished by the Minister of Industries to transfer land already enjoyed by Paranthan Chemicals Company Limited since the year 1954 and where the old chemical factory is situated in Paranthan to the same Company to be utilized for the said project.

     

    2. Leasing a portion of land belong to Land Reforms Commission for a tourism project fortified with educational and recreation events.

     

    Fantasy Land Entertainment (Private) Limited has planned to implement a tourist project inclusive of educational and recreation events targeting the local and foreign tourists. The
    proposed project has been received the consent of the Investment Board and the said Company has requested to obtain a portion of 42 acres 01 rood and 1.5 perch from the land called Rathwatte belong to the Land Reforms Commission situated in Ukuwela Divisional Secretariat division in Matale district on 30 years lease basis for the purpose. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers granted approval for the resolution forwarded by the Minister of Lands to release the said portion of land on long term lease to the said company.

    3. Investment for a South Asian Service Supply Centre within Colombo Harbour.

     
    One of the strategic objectives of the National Harbour Main Plan is to develop Colombo harbour which is the centre harbour within the South Asian region to service provision centre. Under this, it has been recognized Battenburg and Bloomindale area that belong to the Colombo South Harbour can be developed as service supply areas under state – private joint partnership. Furthermore, it has been identified the container terminal (UTC) is appropriate for construction
    of internal cargo operation centre in Sri Lanka Ports Authority with cargo service supply terminal facilities. While the operations of East Container Terminal (ECT) and West Container Terminal (WCT) has been planned to inaugurate their operations partially by the year 2023, the operation capacity per annum within the Colombo port will exceed ten million equal units of twenty containers. Under such circumstances, the requirement of immediate construction of a service supply centre has been erupted while the Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) has furnished a resolution for the purpose. Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers
    approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Ports and Shipping to appoint a Negotiation Committee for the evaluation of the proposal submitted for the implementation of a cargo service supply centre under state – private joint partnership in the Battenberg area of Colombo South Harbour within a portion of land in extent 5.3 hectares adjoining South Asian Gate Terminal (SAGT) bounded by the Colombo Port City, Colombo International Container Terminal (CICT) and the East Container Terminal (ECT) and to take further actions as per the recommendations of that Committee.

    4. Purchase of surgical gauze from local suppliers for government hospitals and other
    health institutions.

    Cabinet approval was granted in 2012 to purchase the annual Surgical Gauze Requirement of the Medical Supplies Division from local small scale manufacturers. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal presented by the Minister of Health to purchase 30 million meters of surgical gauze from 461 local suppliers at a cost of Rs. 774 million for the year 2021.

    05. Purchasing of locally made Basic Injection Solutions for the government sector.

    State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation has facilitated to Kelun Life Sciences (Pvt) Limited which is a local company for establishing a plant in Pallekele area with the manufacturing capacity of 43 million bottles of basic injection solutions per annum that are injected through the veins including Normal Saline, Dextrose Solution, Hartmann Solution and Mannitol Solution. The Approval of the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency has been received for the said factory and its manufacturing. The said plant has planned to supply their manufacturing to the market from August, 2021.The State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation intends to enter into an agreement in order to procure locally required injection solutions. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by the Minister of Health to enter into an agreement for vesting the power to the State Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Corporation to procure basic injection solutions that are required to the institutions under the Ministry of Health from the Kelun Life Sciences (Pvt) Limited.

     

    06. Obtaining the service of 150 teachers to the National Institute of Education.

     

    The National Institute of Education is working to introduce educational reforms to create an education system that will endow the country with a group of skillful children who will be able to find successful solutions to the challenges facing the 21st century. These reforms are planned to introduce significant changes to syllabi and teaching strategies. The proposed reforms are expected to be introduced in 2023 for grades 1, 2, 6, 8 and 10 and for grades 3, 4, 5, 7 and 11 in 2024. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal submitted by the Minister of Education to attach 150 experienced teachers with expertise in the relevant subject who work as teachers in government schools to the National Institute of Education as the staff currently employed in the National Institute of Education is not sufficient for those functions.

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