[lg policy] Sri Lanka Central Bank staff to be proficient in Tamil

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Feb 17 17:46:23 UTC 2010

 Sri Lanka Central Bank staff to be proficient in Tamil
Tue, Feb 16, 2010, 08:47 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 16, Colombo: Having realized the economic potential of
Tamil-dominated areas of North and East, Sri Lanka's Central Bank is
taking measures to make its staff proficient in Tamil language. The
measure is a part of the Sri Lankan government's reconciliation
efforts to bring ethnic harmony in the country. The Bank has launched
a scheme for facilitating its staff to enhance the mastery of Tamil
languages with the collaboration of the Department of Official
Languages (DOL) and to discharge duties adhering to the government
language policy.

Under the program over 200 officers in all departments of the Central
Bank are now receiving the training provided by the DOL with the
emphasis on speaking and writing knowledge of Tamil.  The officers are
required to take 108 hours of lessons before they sit for a
DOL-administered written and oral examination.  The Central Bank said
many employees, irrespective of their classes and grades of
employment, have shown a keen interest in participating in these
classes. The Bank believes the programme will be helpful for officers
to discharge their duties relating to development activities in North
and East more effectively, to build the ethnic harmony in the country
and eliminate language difference of the Tamil and Sinhala


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