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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2368

Cabinet Decisions: Dendro power in Mahaweli system C

By Ravi Ladduwahetty reporting from Sri Lanka

Colombo, 06 March, (Asiantribune.com): The Cabinet of Ministers, at its meeting on Wednesday has approved a Memorandum from Minister of Agriculture and Agrarian Services Maithripala Sirisena to allocate 120 acres to Evergreen (Private) Ltd in Mahaweli System C (Kalawewa) for the establishment of a one Megawatt Dendro power plant.

This will be a 30 year lease and the land will be used to grow Gliceria which will be used as raw material for the plant which will be expanded from one Megawatt to ten.

Media Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa told the weekly Cabinet news conference on Thursday afternoon.

Given below the summary of the Cabinet decisions:

Teacher assistants to be upgraded

Cabinet has also approved a Memorandum from Education Minister Susil Premajayanth to upgrade the Teacher Assistants to Teachers in the permanent cadres after providing them with either distance education and other in campus regular courses

Time Tables for Inter Provincial bus services

The Cabinet has also approved a Memorandum from Transport Minister Dallas Alahapperuma to adopt policy guidelines and procedures for the preparation of coordinated rotated time tables for Intra Provincial Routes issued by the National Transport Commission and authorized persons under the NTC Act No 37 of 1991. The Memorandum also states that the policy of the Government is to allow 40% of the passenger transport to be provided by the Sri Lanka Central Transport Board.

The objectives of implementing rotational time tables are to provide the equal and equitable operating opportunities to all operators, to curb and minimize unhealthy competitive practices, the provision of a reliable and regular service during the identified hours of traffic of a day, to optimize the resources by ensuring productivity of the buses and the crews among a host of others, the Memorandum stated.

Compensation to victims of train derailments

The Cabinet has also approved a Memorandum of Minister of Transport Dallas Alahapperuma to provide compensation to the victims and to the beneficiaries of the dead of train derailments at the Thotagamuwa bridge between Kahawa and Hikkaduwa on June 30, 2008 and also at Kirillapitiya in Rambukkana on 13.1. 2002.

Amendments to EPF Laws

The cabinet has also approved a Memorandum from Minister of Labour Relations and Manpower Athauda Seneviratne to amend the Employees Provident Fund ( Special Provisions) Law No 6 of 1975 which deals with the validation of the contributions made to the Approved Provident Fund from February 1, 1996 to date of this Law and also to establish Providnet Funds or any scheme affordable by any employers than that of the benefits provided under the Employees Provident Fund Act and other consequential amendments.

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