The Minister also said that implementation of the language policy, addressing the language related issues and implementing them in a real time basis will be a prelude to solving more than half of the ethnic problems.
“A cabinet paper has been put forward to relook at the selection criteria of recruitment in to Government services where there will be further motivation for learning new languages,” he said.
The Minister was speaking at the launch of the website for the Bilingual and Trilingual Language Resources Pool by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) in partnership with the Official Languages Department (OLD) set up to the allow public institutions to have access to qualified translators in ensuring that any citizen can communicate in their language of choice.
Speaking at the event, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Chairperson at the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, said that in most Government departments and ministries, for a long time, there was not a single person who could communicate in Tamil language.
She says the Government is now very serious about facilitating Government institutions to have sufficient officers to work in the Tamil language. (Colombo Gazette)