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20 January 2016 03:16 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Laws would be strictly implemented against the public institutions, which do not display public notices in all three languages, the Department of Official Languages today said.

Commissioner of the Department W. A. Jayawickrama said they had already informed all public institutes of the need to have notices in all three languages.

“They generally have notices in Sinhala and English and in some places just in one language. The law clearly states that public notices should be in all three languages,” he said.

The Department informed the National Transport Board, drivers at three wheeler parks, local government bodies, the Road Development Authority and a number of hospitals to have name boards, signs and notices in all three languages, in accordance with the law.

He said a unit to provide notices in all three languages to government institutions and private entities would be set up soon.

Earlier, the Department had provided the stencils and translations of notices in all three languages free of charge for those who needed the service.

“But we will charge the government approved fee for translation at the new unit,” he said.

“A fee of Rs. 150 per word would be charged for both public and private institutions,” he said.

Jayawickrama commended private institutions, who were now requesting their services to ensure customers and employees have the option of all three languages.

“Even though some have made the effort to ensure notices appear in all three languages, there were mistakes detected in some. We have requested these notices be removed and re-done,” Jayawickrama said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 7

  • eddy Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:56 AM

    There is no message in Tamil in front the parliament informing that the lane law is in force.

    Jayantha Thursday, 21 January 2016 10:17 PM

    downsouth ? hmm nice person to show an example

    Mm Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:15 PM

    Rs 150/- per word! Seriously??

    DownSouth Wednesday, 20 January 2016 09:17 PM

    The law should be implemented in north and east first. You go and see how these minirities are so ungrateful.

    lkboy Thursday, 21 January 2016 02:40 PM

    Yes I also have seen that.

    Bala Thursday, 21 January 2016 08:21 AM

    That is nothing for most of these are for intitutions asking for about 20 words ar most - so only 3000 to upkeep the translation unit with each officer getting about Rs.40,000 a month. You have to pay for services.

    Mic Thursday, 21 January 2016 03:38 PM

    There are many Buddhist temples in the north more than south.


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