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Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 06.19 GMT
Bilingual officers to public institutions to be appointed


The Official Languages Commission (OLC) has decided to recommend creating a position of a bilingual officer in every government office in order to implement the official language policy.

Chairman of the Commission Nimal R. Ranawaka said that a proposal would be submitted soon to the government in this regard.

The Constitution of Sri Lanka as amended by the 13th Amendment defines Sinhala and Tamil as the national and official languages and English as the link language.

Official Languages Commission points out that any citizen of the state has the right to deal with the Government institutions in any one of the above three languages but there is a failure in serving the public in all three languages due to the lack of proficiency among the government employees in the second and the third languages.

The Official Languages Commission is a statutory body established to oversee the implementation of the official language policy among other functions. It is entitled to recommend principles of policy relating to the use of the Official Languages and to monitor and supervise compliance with provisions.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared 2012 as the Year for a Trilingual Sri Lanka last year.

A 10-year National Action Plan was also launched in 2011.






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