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Language rights essential to unify nation - Vasu

Language rights essential to unify nation - Vasu

2011 Feb 10

Speaking at the official handing over of the trilingual phrase book to the Police Department yesterday (09), Minister Nanayakkara said his ministry had taken steps to enable people to acquire proficiency in the country’s official languages and imparting knowledge thereof should be considered a national priority.

The Ministers said resource constraints had impacted on the implementation of the bilingual language policy and funds must be made available for that task to ensure the national integration.

As another step towards facilitating the implementation of the language policy and to help people belonging to all communities to deal with State institutions a trilingual phrase book had been introduced to the Sri Lanka Police, Minister Nanayakkara said.The book had been published with the help of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the lending arm of the Canadian government.

The Canadian High Commissioner Bruce Levy said that the proper implementation of the language policy was essential to prevent alienation of communities. "The Canadian government is willing to extend its fullest support for the implementation of the bilingual language policy," he said.

Six Tamil language training centers had been established countrywide for police officers to acquire proficiency in the Tamil language. Already, 600 police officers had passed out and they had been posted to Tamil speaking areas, Minister Nanayakkara said.

Safeguarding the language rights of all communities is a prerequisite for rebuilding the nation ushering in unity after the conclusion of a 30-year war, Minister of Language and Social Integration Vasudeva Nanayakkara says.







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