[lg policy] Sri Lankan banks required to print loan forms in all three languages

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 18 17:57:56 UTC 2011

Sri Lankan banks required to print loan forms in all three languages
Sat, Dec 17, 2011, 11:42 pm SL Time,

Dec 17, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has made it compulsory for
the private banks and other financial institutions to print the loan
forms in all three languages -Sinhala, Tamil and English. Agreements
and Surety forms with regard to selling items in installment payment
system should also be printed in Sinhala and Tamil as well.

The Minister of National Languages and Social Integrity Vasudeva
Nanayakkara says that his Ministry has received numerous complaints
from common public as they struggle with filling out forms since the
bank loan forms and other documents are usually printed in English.

The Minister has requested the banks and all financial institutions to
adhere to the Official Language Policy in dealing with the customers.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has proposed to implement a
10-year national action plan formulated as the basis for a National
Programme to motivate the people to acquire language skills in all
three major languages -Sinhala, Tamil and English.


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