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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Chinese to Get Sri Lankan Citizenship

Colombo, 18 January, ( Approximately 200 long-time Chinese residents of the World War 1 and II vintage will get Sri Lankan citizenship. They are descendents of early Chinese migrants mostly traders and dental technicians. They have been permanent residents of Sri Lanka. Cabinet will present an Act of Parliament to facilitate these citizenships.

The Cabinet which met on 17 January has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by the Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka, who is also the Minister of Internal Administration, on the granting of citizenship to stateless persons of Chinese origin residing in Sri Lanka for a long period.

According to the Prime Minister’s memorandum, approximately 200 persons of Chinese origin are permanently residing in Sri Lanka as stateless due to the inability of obtaining Sri Lanka citizenship under the existing law.

These persons consist of from the early migrants from China during World Wars I and II as traders, dental technicians and their descendants. Most of the early migrants already passed away. But their descendants who have been born and bred here are permanently residing in this country. Therefore the Cabinet has granted its approval to present the grant of citizenship persons of Chinese origin draft Act to the parliament.

The Cabinet also granted its approval to an accelerated programme for computerizing National Identity Card issuance process. Rs. 363 million (seven percent of the total cost of the project) is expected from the World Bank. The Treasury has agreed to incur the total cost which is Rupees 4,830.6 million.

Other Cabinet decisions are as follows:

Special housing projects in Ampara District

Special Housing Projects for Kalmunai and Sainthamaruthu Divisional Secretary’s Divisions in Ampara will be a reality soon. President Mahinda Rajapakse got Cabinet approval for these projects as Minister of Nation Building and Estate Infrastructure Development.

Government took into consideration the urgent necessity of re-locating the Tsunami affected families presently in occupation of transitional shelters.

Several measures were also taken in Irrewelikandam and Mettuwatta under which 10 acres in each and 30 acres in Karawahuwatte have been identified for high density multi-storied housing units and G+1 Town house. It is considered most cost-effective and best solution for this purpose.

Accordingly, 456 housing units at Irrawelikandam and 666 housing units at Karawahuwatte and 186 housing in Mettuwatta will be constructed by State Development and Construction Corporation and Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau.

Fiber Cable Optic Cable network along side railway track

The Cabinet has granted its approval to a Memorandum submitted by Transport Minister Dullas Alahapperuma on the setting up of a Fiber Optics Cable network running along-side the railway track. The present network of railway tracks in the country stretches over a broad area of about 1200 kilometres.

Private sector companies have made requests to place on them Fiber Optic Cables along the railway tracks. The feasibility of building a Mass Media Technological Network covering Sri Lanka as well as the railway track and the reserve network that possess a wide scope for the other purposes is behind the proposal.

Cabinet has granted its approval to the Fiber Optic Cable Network as a private enterprise with the coordination of the State and and Railways Department utilizing railway reserves.

Integrated Water Supply Projects

The Cabinet has granted its approval to Water Supply and Drainage Minister A.L.M Athaullah’s proposal on Makandura, Pannala, Kuliyapitiya integrated water supply project. These towns are undergoing a rapid growth of development with rising of commercial and agriculture-based industrial activities.

The population of the project area is about 316,000. This project will be implemented in two stages. The first stage will be completed in 2010 and the second in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet has also granted its approval to another Memorandum submitted by the Minister on Dankotuwa integrated water supply project. Present Dankotuwa water supply scheme extracts water from Maha Oya and the only treatment method is disinfections. It serves a population of 3000 people.

Augmentation of the scheme is underway. The water treatment plant will serve the residential population of Dankotuwa, Wennappuwa and Nattandiya

- Asian Tribune -

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