Dec 22, 2016

‘Letters in Sinhala thrown to the dustbin’ - Wijedasa Featured

Certain state officials in Batticaloa publicly throw letters received by them in Sinhala to the dustbin even though they can well understand the language, BBC Sandeshaya quotes justice minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe as saying.

He was speaking to the media in Batticaloa yesterday (21) following a meeting with Bodu Bala Sena, Sihala Ravaya and Sinhala organizations.

The minister went onto say that the Sinhalese, who are a minority in the district, could not obtain a letter from their Grama Seva officers in their language.
Their names are not included in the electoral register, he said, adding that there are divisional secretariats without a Sinhala officer.

The meeting, to discuss problems of the Sinhalese, Buddhists and the preservation of artifacts in the area, that took place at Sri Mangalarama Vihara was attended by its chief incumbent Ampitiye Sumanaratana and BBS secretary Galagodaatte Gnanasara Theras among others.

Sumanaratana Thera also raised certain issues of the Tamil and Muslim people of the area too, said the minister.