Northern Province Chief Minister CV Wigneswaran has instructed local government institutions in the North to give foremost place to the Tamil language on name boards as per the Sri Lankan constitution.
They should have Tamil on top, Sinhala and English below it to help tourists.
Wigneswaran gave this order at a meeting with a group of officials attached to the Northern Provincial Council on Saturday (18). The Chief Minister said that most name boards displaying street and area names in Jaffna had Sinhalised names on them.
“This has taken place due to the influence of Buddhist monks and security forces. For example there is the name ‘Nagadeepa’ on many boards here. But there is no ‘Nagadeepa’ in Jaffna, there is only Nainativu here,” he told the officials.
Some Buddhist monks and the Sinhala forces are deliberately changing the Tamil names in to Sinhala names in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
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