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Firm action would be taken against Government departments, commonly patronised locations and other public places in the event it receives a complaint from the public on language discrimination, Official Languages Commission (OLC) said yesterday.

According to Chapter Four of the Constitution any individual or organization could make a complaint to the Official Languages Commission as it is a violation of language rights,” the Commission’s Secretary, J.C Ranepura said.

He said that people have the right to read and understand documents, notices and other printed material without any difficulty and that Government Departments and other public places had a duty to ensure that people’s rights were protected. 

“In order to ensure that the rights of the people are protected the Commission has implemented a new rule which makes it imperative for all Government departments and public places to print documents in all three languages. The failure to do so will result in the issuing of a Rs.1000 fine or three months imprisonment,” Ranepura said.

He said if the public has any complaint pertaining to language discrimination they can write to the Official Languages Commission at Fourth floor, ‘Basha Mandiraya’, 341/7 Kotte Road, Rajagiriya, or send an email to olc@sltnet.lk, or call on 0112871378.

The Official Languages Commission is entitled to recommend principles of policy relating to the use of Official Languages. It also has the authority to take action as necessary to ensure the appropriate use of the official Languages. (Olindhi Jayasundere)

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  • WIKI Monday, 27 June 2011 01:52 AM

    I THINK CEYLON INDIPENDENCE 1948 ?

    Mutt Monday, 27 June 2011 02:31 AM

    What about the right to freedom of information?.

    rakesp Monday, 27 June 2011 02:52 AM

    WILL IT IMPLEMENT OR ONLY ON THE PRESS REPORT?

    ahamed Monday, 27 June 2011 04:00 AM

    good move, it may bring better understanding among different communities in our country....

    Rosh Monday, 27 June 2011 04:15 AM

    Very good move. Should be also to electronic media .

    hemjey Monday, 27 June 2011 04:49 AM

    Good move. Hope that this will be active island wide.

    RAJIV Monday, 27 June 2011 05:39 AM

    Excellent. Well done. We are very happy and we hope all government departments we will take this matter to heart.

    mike Monday, 27 June 2011 06:08 AM

    very good move after 30years of war slowly changes are happening. people should be patient. cbo will be a global city by 2020.

    the undertaker Monday, 27 June 2011 08:15 AM

    LOCKING THE STABLE -ONCE THE HORSES ARE BOLTED-ANYWAY BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    Rajeev Patnaik Monday, 27 June 2011 12:12 PM

    To avoid all these complications and misuse of sentiments by all political parties, why can't Sri lanka bring English as an official language .Then there won't be any ethnic problems like before 1958.

    ICC Wednesday, 29 June 2011 02:52 PM

    FIRST FINE GO TO RAJAPAKSA BECAUSE HE ORDERD NO MORE THAMIL ANTHAME SING IN SL.


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