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We hope to recruit more Tamils for Security Forces: PM

8 September 2016 02:07 am - 12     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today the Government was hoping to increase the percentage of Tamils in the Security Forces, the Police Service and the Prison Service.

Responding to a question asked by EPDP leader Douglas Devananda, the Prime Minister said Sri Lanka's first Army Commander Anton Muthukumara was a Tamil. He said there were Tamil-speaking officers in Police Service, but the situation changed after 1978.

He said the LTTE started killing Tamil police officers and this hindered recruitment because it resulted in Tamils being discouraged from joining the service.

"Specially after 1983, recruitment of Tamils became much less. There were not enough educated Tamils to be recruited from the estate sector. Even those with educational qualifications joined other services," he said.

The Prime Minister said 216 personnel were recruited to the police service from the North and the East and this was only the beginning. Besides, he said 409 others were recruited as prison officers.

"Now we have must increase the percentage in the Security Forces, Police Service and the Prison Service,” he said. (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 12

  • Senthil Thursday, 08 September 2016 12:32 PM

    "Cheers", be careful, he will screw you first

    waco Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:08 PM

    Not concern about the security of the Country.

    usuf Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:13 PM

    How about including some Muslims while recruiting Tamil officers via DM Android App

    Cheers Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:26 AM

    He will screw it up again and the person who wil come after him will have to fix it just like before

    mm Thursday, 08 September 2016 04:54 AM

    yes yes get all unregistered LTTE ex soldiers to join. very good. ratta kanna via DM iOS App

    BuffaloaCitizen Thursday, 08 September 2016 01:57 PM

    Very good move, at least they will have more discipline than this yakko lot whose antics have even gone upto the UN.

    Asanka Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:00 PM

    Personally I hate this guy. but appointing more Tamil officers in the duty, which make it easy to manage because, majority of them are tamil people and officers can understand them well. but again there must be half sinhala also to balance the department. I believe one of a main reason for them to become racist is isolating them along with their people therefore gov must make sure they have to mix with other nationalities like Sinhalese and Muslims

    firdhous Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:06 PM

    It is too bad that many are blind of what happened during last decade. It was Ranil started the game change but which was stalled by MR. Try it yourselves to understand what I said.

    firdhous Thursday, 08 September 2016 02:07 PM

    It suit better to say Tamil and Muslims

    ba Jayasekera Friday, 09 September 2016 07:21 AM

    This is a bad decision. Let the security forces recruit the best among the applicants irrespective of race.

    Sheri Thursday, 08 September 2016 03:28 PM

    The country was ruined by his bad decisions before. Looks like its going the same way again!

    Gino Thursday, 08 September 2016 05:33 PM

    Muslims are already there went as Tamils. But Tamils never stand a chance.


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