The government has decided to grant promotions to Police constables stagnating in there post for an extended time to inspector of police, subject to promoting once and for all. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardhana addressing the cabinet news conference held in Colombo this morning, said that a large number of male and female police officers were deprived of granting promotion even when required qualification were fullfilled. Now these police constables have the opportunity for promotions. Outstanding payments to contractors and suppliers will be paid once the parliament approves the supplementary estimate next week. The Minister also said that the payment of royalty to artists would comments from 1st of March as agreed at a meeting held yesterday with the head of media institutions. Accordingly a radio broadcaster will pay 20 rupees to an artist per song broadcast by it and 100 rupees by television broadcasters. Co-cabinet spokesman Ramesh Pathirana said that arrangements will be made to inform contributors of the employees provident fund by SMS about the data of their accounts monthly. At present 2.6 million contribute the fund.
A buffer stock of 25000 metric tons of paddy will be kept to overcome shortage of rice in December and January.
The Minister also stated that a buffer stock of 25000 metric tons of paddy will be kept with effect of this ‘Maha’ Season to meet the possible rice shortage in the market that generally occurs in the months of December and January. The cabinet has approved 726 million rupees to setup 8 industries in the regional industrial estates. The cabinet has also approved an extension of free visa insurance for tourists arriving Sri Lanka from 48 counties for another 3 months with effect from 1st February of this year.