Devolving powers to the provinces will be considered

ONUR PhotoThe Government will look at proposals to devolve powers to the provinces, Minister of National Languages, Coexistence and Dialogue Mano Ganesan said.

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)


  1. We principally an opposed power devolution unitary nature of Sri Lankan state. That will leads to
    another New War by Tamil Terrorist of LTTE &
    TNA and their oversees diaspora of Tamils in west..

    By the devolution of state is for the Tamil separatism which mean new war launch by TNA and LTTE joint hand encourage by USA pivot Asian policy of expansion
    At last US troops enter country they will be in our soil in North -east of Sri lanka.

    The Tamils political leaders of TNA and their classes want that US occupation of North-east by installing rough Tamils puppet regime by hook or crook in an Island.
    This mission is back by CBK, MS and UNP-Ranil W…of so-called power devolution.


    Give power where people have the knowledge to use power for the benefits of the people. If the foreign power gets advantage of it, we will enlighten the people and you won’t win the next election.

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