[lg policy] Sri Lanka: Implementation of the National Language Policy in all districts

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 12 15:37:59 UTC 2011

National language policy
Date: 2011-12-11

Implementation of the National Language Policy in all districts

By Camelia Nathaniel

A senior Government Minister says any Sri Lankan should have the right
to transact business in his/her mother tongue from any government
office. Minister of National Languages and Social Integration Vasudeva
Nanayakkara said steps will be taken to empower all local government
officers to ensure the implementation of the national language policy
within their districts.

“Those, failing to comply with the language policy will be subjected
to severe penalty,” he warned.

The Minister emphasized that it was necessary to properly execute the
language usage and national languages policy to ensure that all races
receive equal respect and equal opportunity to work as Sri Lankans
within a unified country. “The National Language Policy was in effect
for some time now, but it was effectively implemented only after the
end of the war, and it is done through several institutions”,
Nanayakkara told Ceylon Today.

“The other institution that is assisting in the task is the Language
Education Institute,” he said.

“This institute will train the public servants. Even this year about
30,000 were trained and are still being trained in the different
district secretariats and divisional secretariats. They are then
required to sit for an examination at the end of their training”
Nanayakkara said.

“The ministry and its language section are carrying out a big campaign
called Language Society People’s Movement, where people who are
interested could join these societies, and thereby assist to unite
different communities. We have already formed about 100 of these
societies, and plan to increase it to about 1000. The persons trained
will then monitor their own areas and check if institutions are
functioning in accordance with the language policy” he said.

“Then we have officers at the divisional and district secretaries
level, who will join hands with the language societies, in order to
implement the language policy effectively” he said.


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