With the aim of creating a conducive environment in the country`s public service, work in the entire sector will be conducted in both, the Sinhala and Tamil languages. The step is expected to provide the opportunity for the Tamil people to conduct their affairs in their own language and make things easy for them, said the Minister of Constitutional Affairs D.E.W. Gunesekera.
Addressing a national symposium on Sri Lanka, the future and the federal idea, organised by the Centre for Policy Alternatives in Colombo yesterday, he said that it has taken 50 years to address a language problem faced by the people. To facilitate the effort, a bill on special institute of language trainers will be presented to the Parliament.
`In June this year, 50 years will be completed on Sinhala being made the official language and the time has come to change this. The prevailing political culture is responsible for the current situation. It is necessary to have discussions on federalism to entertain a dialogue.
This will ensure people are given an opportunity to voice their concern`, he added.
`The symposium conducted outside political party convention is one of the largest gatherings of people and what they need is to discuss constitutional reform for conflict resolution. `We urged all political parties, groups and communities in our country to work together to develop a durable political solution that will address the aspirations of all people within a united and democratic Sri Lanka`, said the Centre for Policy Alternatives Executive Director Dr. P. Saravanamuttu.
Every citizen of our country should be able to live with dignity and self respect. Federalism should be for better governance for a greater share and results. It should be a means of empowering people. We need to develop strategies and methods to create a solid foundation leading to better governance, just and lasting peace, he said.