[lg policy] Sri Lanka: Implementation of Language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 13 14:35:08 UTC 2010

Implementation of Language policy

A lively discussion took place over TV recently on the above subject
and a well-informed Tamil participant gave a very realistic picture of
the plight of her community due to the inordinate delay in the
implementation of the language laws. It was pointed out by the
eloquent speaker, among other things, that statements made at Police
Stations are recorded in Sinhala and the complainant is required to
sign a statement which he/she is unable to understand! This is because
there is no officer competent enough to record the complaint in the
language of the complainant.

There is a need to recruit retired public servants/teachers to be
posted to offices to handle day to day correspondence, etc., in
Tamil/Sinhala with an incentive allowance paid to them to teach Tamil
to Sinhala officers and Sinhala to Tamil officers (up to Grade 8 or
JSC level). Officers achieving the required proficiency should be
rewarded with an increment in salary. New recruits should be on
probation until they acquire the necessary proficiency in

M. H. Sourjah


N.b.: Listing on the lgpolicy-list is merely intended as a service to
its members
and implies neither approval, confirmation nor agreement by the owner
or sponsor of the list as to the veracity of a message's contents.
Members who disagree with a message are encouraged to post a rebuttal.
(H. Schiffman, Moderator)

For more information about the lgpolicy-list, go to
This message came to you by way of the lgpolicy-list mailing list
lgpolicy-list at groups.sas.upenn.edu
To manage your subscription unsubscribe, or arrange digest format: https://groups.sas.upenn.edu/mailman/listinfo/lgpolicy-list

More information about the Lgpolicy-list mailing list