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Akila wins cabinet approval for Rs. 3.5 bn tab project

8 May 2019 07:02 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam secured Cabinet approval for the free distribution of 183,000 tabs among school children despite objection by President Maithripala Sirisena.

The project will cost Rs.3.5 billion.

The President, from the beginning, held the view that a pilot project should be implemented first on the distribution of electronic tablets. He had opined that a final decision could be taken subject to the results of the pilot project.

The matter came up for discussion at the Cabinet meeting yesterday. A committee, appointed to look into the programme, also supported the free distribution tabs. Finally, the President gave in, enabling the Minister to get approval to proceed with the programme.

Besides, President Maithripala Sirisena had yet another spat with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by objecting a Cabinet proposal to increase some Port tariffs, the Daily Mirror learns.

Minister of Ports and Shipping Sagala Ratnayake submitted a Cabinet paper seeking approval for tariff hikes.

However, the President flatly rejected the proposal. It led to arguments between the President and the Prime Minister.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 15

  • Athukorala Wednesday, 08 May 2019 07:54 AM

    WOW !!! Yeah... that's ALL what we needed at this very moment... A Tab...!

    Ravi Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:21 AM

    How much your getting as commission, did they approve that as well.

    suresh Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:23 AM

    Is this really what is needed for most schools in the country?

    Shan Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:24 AM

    Another unwise decision at a time the needs are different. Will the Tabs provide security to school students?

    Dallas Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:35 AM

    Waste of money can not believe how out of touch this UNP government is Is this our biggest problem in the country, spend on something important UNP will struggle to get 25% in next election if they contest alone

    Ice Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:46 AM

    Utter waste of money! Is that the way you planning to win elections?

    Tanto Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:47 AM

    Today the Internet is the primary source of information around the world. This is the correct thing to do. These can not be understood by Gamaralas.

    citizen Wednesday, 08 May 2019 08:51 AM

    ol' Siri seem to be showing some rare common sense

    Naushki Fareez Wednesday, 08 May 2019 09:07 AM

    Rs.3.5 billion - This is not relevant at this hour. Increase security in Schools....! We will give our votes then...!

    Arnold Wednesday, 08 May 2019 09:39 AM

    Someone could get a cool 1.5 billion in his pocket with this kind of stuff

    SN Wednesday, 08 May 2019 09:47 AM

    So a Tab will cost Rs. 19,125/=??? How long is its life expectancy???

    JeffK Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:30 AM

    aluth parapura thinks technological education means browsing facebook in a tab. That is what they are trying to cater to

    Hesh Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:31 AM

    You can build 30 top class schools with this money

    Jiff Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:31 AM

    Trying to finance their next election campaign

    perera Wednesday, 08 May 2019 11:59 AM

    would it be a transparent tender process or money-making scheme for the leeches of govt?

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