Government assures Northern public equal rights

The Government today said that the people in the North will be given equal rights similar to what people in the South enjoy.

Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam said that the policy of the Government is to protect the rights of all communities.

He said that Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has always maintained that policy but that worked against him in 2005.

The Education Minister said that in 2005 certain extremist groups had prevented the people in the North from backing Wickremesinghe at the election since he stood for unity between all communities.

Akila Viraj Kariyawasam was speaking at the 125th anniversary of the Jaffna Hindu College where he was the chief guest.

He said that he was the first Education Minister to attend the anniversary event of the school which has a rich history.

The Minister said that the school authorities had made several requests to him in order to improve the facilities of the school and he has given consideration to those requests.

He said that he has decided to allocate funds to construct a new three storied building and also improve some of the basic facilities in the school.

The Minister said that his Ministry will also take steps to assist the education sector in the North to ensure it is on par with the South. (Colombo Gazette)