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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 828

Vijaya Kumaratunga Memorial Hospital: President seeks firm decision

The Island - July 07: President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, in a Cabinet Memorandum has requested the Cabinet of Ministers to take a clear and firm decision, that the free grant of the three-acre land allocated to the Vijaya Kumaratunga Memorial Hospital, Seeduwa would not be assigned or alienated to any other party.

A news release from the President’s office said:

"The ambiguous manner in which the Economic Policy Committee of the Cabinet determination is recorded, in relation to a memorandum by the Western Province Regional Development Minister, has led the President to make this request. Earlier the Economic Policy Committee of the Cabinet had approved the allocation of a neighbouring land to the Ceylon Agro Industries Ltd. on a 60-year lease basis.

"Despite the fact that the memorandum of the Western Province Regional Development Minister does not include the three-acre block assigned to the Vijaya Kumaratunga Memorial Hospital, in the proposed deal with the Ceylon Agro Industries Ltd, the manner in which the Economic Policy Committee of the Cabinet determination is recorded, leaves room for ambiguity, she adds.

"The President in her memorandum requests the Cabinet, to arrive at a clear decision that the block of land allocated to the Vijaya Kumaratunga Memorial Hospital is not included in the allocation of land to the Ceylon Agro Industries Ltd. or assigned to any other party. She also draws the attention of the Cabinet to the importance of making known the decisions of the Cabinet Sub-committees to the Cabinet of Ministers for approval before intimating the relevant decisions to respective institutions.

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