Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday
held the first ever Cabinet meeting in Tamil heartland of
Kilinochchi, the erstwhile administrative capital of the
vanquished LTTE, where President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced
reduction in prices of fuel for northern region.
The meeting was held at the security forces
headquarters this morning.
The Cabinet decided to reduce the price of diesel,
petrol and kerosene in the Jaffna peninsula by Rs 3 with
"The weekly Cabinet meeting commenced in Kilinochchi
at 10.00 am today under the patronage of President Mahinda
Rajapakse," a statement said.
The meeting was conducted at the administrative
building of the defence forces headquarters near the Iranamadu
Provincial Chief Ministers were invited to participate
at the Cabinet meeting which reviewed the progress in northern
Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the
government has decided to hold Cabinet meetings in other
districts of the country in future.
This is also the first time a central Cabinet
meeting is being held in the northern province.
After the meeting President Rajapakse held
discussions on the development activities so far carried out
in the district since the end of the war against the LTTE.
The President also addressed a public rally at
Iranamadu where he also spoke in Tamil.
The Cabinet Secretary, government officials and
the Presidential and Ministerial Security Division made
arrangements to hold the meeting in Kilinochchi following the
decision made to hold Cabinet meetings in different provinces,
an official statement said.
The Cabinet usually meets once a week at "Temple
Trees", the official residence of President, in Colombo.
Sri Lankan forces liberated Kilinochchi from the
LTTE in January 2009 following a fierce battle. The rebels had
their administrative centre in Kilinochchi.
The intention of holding the Cabinet meeting in
Kilinochchi was an effort to reach out to the local people.
"Since all the ministers will be there local people
could find solutions for their burning problems," Rambukwella
had told reporters while announcing the decision to hold the
Cabinet meeting in Kilinochchi.
Rajapaksa also presided over the function to launch
a mobile service to solve the burning problems of the people
in the district.