Police violate national language policy: Vasu

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The National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara said the Police had violated the “national language policy” by distributing forms to motorists in Colombo containing instructions in only the Sinhala language.

“It’s a clear violation of the national language policy and I have written to the Inspector General of Police to take immediate action regarding this,” the minister said and added that he was awaiting a response from the IGP.

“The IGP has been very cooperative with regard to the national language policy. So this obviously seems to have been done without his knowledge,” he said.

Motorists in Colombo and its suburbs were handed over forms by policemen, for a survey on light vehicles entering and leaving the City. (Hafeel Farisz)

 
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  • edward Thursday, 14 February 2013 07:30 AM

    He is absolutely correct , even in our National ID , Passport , and schools teach both language so why not doing same to all Govern bodies..

    Minan Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:46 AM

    Even in CTB bus sign boards they are murdering the Tamil language.

    Kondebandapucheena Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:53 AM

    Law should be apply every where

    Elakiri Thursday, 14 February 2013 12:00 AM

    I thank god for giving me the most intellectual parents. They taught me all three languages. Dil tho pagal he.. via DM Android App

    Anu Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:53 AM

    Mr. NGO talks...$$$$

    jc Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:57 AM

    Only now he has realized? Police documents are all in Sinhalese, when ever I have to give a letter to police requesting for police reports ect, it has to be in Sinhala

    Yehiya Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:55 AM

    minister is vioalated all the respect of leftism & all the norms of respectable parlimant membership.

    hs Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:09 AM

    Talking, writing etc is fine. But this should not be end of story! Can we also have some serious follow-up action to make sure that instructions are actually carried out....??

    Perera Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:12 AM

    I do not agree with JC.

    I have given in engish and they have accepted due respect, but the report comes in sinhala only. This is has to be address if we are thinking as one nation going forward.

    I think we can not change this culture since SWDRB then prime minister made this imporper way. SO now it is difficult, but can do if all think in one direction without races, nationalities, religeon etc.....

    Lankabay Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:23 AM

    As if all the other departments are following the NLP. No minister is fulfilling their duties. Instead, time to time they make statements just to show the people that they are still holding the ministry.

    Dee Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:25 AM

    yes it should have been in english as well to benefit those who's children were educated at international schools.

    John Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:26 AM

    Is this the way for true Reconciliation with the minorities?!

    Nishantha Thursday, 14 February 2013 07:57 AM

    My kids birth certificates are in Sinhala. They born in Colombo based on the province language policy it is in Sinhala. Names are printed in wrong pronunciation. A permanent affidavit prepared for this.

    PRASANNAJIT Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:35 AM

    Bull shit

    Mangala Wednesday, 13 February 2013 11:38 AM

    This is another minister who eats public funds. nothing new. This kind of guys should go to Russia, see how leftist are doing. Sick ministers. First pay your plant workers according to your talks.

    david Wednesday, 13 February 2013 12:33 PM

    Go to the Wellawatte Police Station and look at the notices, directions, etc. All are in Sinhala language only.

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:00 PM

    NATIONAL IDENTITY CARDS ARE PRINTED IN SINHALA , WHY DON'T YOU TALK ABOUT THAT, YOU DIDN'T SEE THAT ? WERE YOU IN SRILANKA ?

    Mason Wednesday, 13 February 2013 01:35 PM

    Glad you have voiced your concern after a long absence on a matter of very very much public interest. Your silence was more welcome.

    Namal Wednesday, 13 February 2013 02:26 PM

    Aiyo-- will they re-distribute it in TAMIL & ENGLISH on another day and cause further traffic jams?

    Raj Wednesday, 13 February 2013 02:29 PM

    For the Sinhalese its nothing, cos he can read and understand, and he will say its not big issue and will never understand the plight the Tamil people go through..

    onlooker Wednesday, 13 February 2013 02:30 PM

    Vasu why are you suddenly interested in the public. During the last couple of years you have shown your true colours, you are only interested in serving yourself.

    Vajira Herath Wednesday, 13 February 2013 10:15 AM

    what about CTB bus sign boards?


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