[lg policy] Sri Lanka: National Language Policy, LG authorities to be empowered to oversee implementation

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 13 15:43:21 UTC 2011

National Language Policy, LG authorities to be empowered to oversee

Steps would be taken to empower all local government authorities to
oversee the proper implementation of the national language policy
within their districts, Minister of National Languages and Social
Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara said.

Participating in a workshop at Ratnapura on language usage and the
execution of a national language policy in the local government
administration, the minister explained that Sri Lankans had to suffer
immensely because their lack of respect and recognition for each
other’s language, religion or race in comparison to other developing
countries. He noted the huge economical fallout due to that. He said
the president had put an end to the war and it was the collective
responsibility and duty of all to ensure that such a situation would
not recur hereafter.

The minister made it clear 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 a Sri
Lankan within a unified country.

The minister said that any Sri Lankan should have the right to have
all his services carried out in one’s respective mother tongue at any
government office. He explained that it was their responsibility, as
representatives of the general public to create a positive environment
wherever there is a lack of necessary facilities and a suitable

Source: http://www.priu.gov.lk/news_update/Current_Affairs/ca201112/20111209national_language_policy.htm

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