The following decisions were taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 15 August:
Pension for Home Guards and the Civil Security Force
The Cabinet agreed to grant pension benefits for the Members of the Horne Guards Force and the Civil Security Force, in terms of the provisions of the Minute on Pensions.
Cabinet also decided to formulate suitable schemes of recruitment and salary scales for the said Services, in consultation with the General Treasury and other relevant authorities.
SL- Seychelles to sign MoU to promote education
The proposal made by Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardena to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding between the two Ministries of Education of the Seychelles Republic and Sri Lanka, with the view to further strengthening the relationship between the two countries, was approved by the Cabinet.
40th International Pepper Conference in Colombo
Minister of Minor Export Crop Promotion Reginald Cooray informed the Cabinet of Ministers that arrangements have been made to organise the 40th International Pepper Conference in Colombo from 30 October to 2 November in collaboration with Indonesia.
The International Pepper Conference has been established under the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific.
Brazil, India. Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam which are the major pepper producers comprise the permanent membership of this conference at present.
Services of Australian volunteers for educational development
The Cabinet granted approval to enter into a subsidiary arrangement with the Government of Australia to obtain the services of Australian volunteers for development programs.
This program is to provide an opportunity to Australian volunteers to share their skills and knowledge with local counterparts on short term (six months) and long term (up to three years) basis and to foster links between organisations and communities in Australia and Sri Lanka.
These volunteers are to be deployed for development programs in coordination with Aus-Aid’s Development Cooperation Program in Sri Lanka and all relevant expenses of this program will be borne by the Government of Australia.