State Minister of Technology Hon. Kanaka Herath said at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Technology held recently (30) that a proposal will be submitted regarding the reactivation of Vidatha Technology centers across the island under the Ministry of Technology.
State Minister said so in response to the request made by Member of Parliament Hon. Weerasumana Weerasinghe to bring Vidatha Centers back under the Ministry of Technology and develop them to suit the new world.
The members also drew the committee’s attention to the Sri Lanka Telecom PLC. In the last year, the profit of Sri Lanka Telecom Company was Rs. 12 billion and the profit from January to September this year is approximately Rs. 6 billion, the company officials said.
This was revealed when Hon. Dr. Upul Galappatti, Member of Parliament, asked the company’s officials about the company’s information while commenting on the proposal to privatize the telecom company.
The officials of the Sri Lanka Telecom said that the government owns 49.5 percent of the company’s ownership and if the company is privatized, the private sector will own the same amount of shares.
It was also discussed about the permission of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) for the 5G technology which is to be introduced by internet service providers. Accordingly, the officials of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission said that the necessary arrangements will be made next year to start commercial activities related to 5G technology.
State Minister Hon. Indika Anuruddha, Members of Parliament Hon. S.M.M Musharraf, Hon. Dr. Upul Galappatti, Hon. Gunathilaka Rajapaksa and officers of the institutions under the Ministry of Technology were also present on this occasion.