Sinhala persons from other districts appointed as minor employees in Batticaloa – MP
[TamilNet, Saturday, 20 November 2010, 06:57 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Batticaloa district parliamentarian P. Selvarasa has sent a letter to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa protesting against the appointment of 17 Sinhala persons from other districts as minor employees in the government departments and in divisional secretariats in Batticaloa district. Meanwhile, Ven. Ampitiya Sumanaratne Thero, the chief monk of the Mangalaramaya in Batticaloa fasted unto death in August demanding Sri Lanka government to appoint Sinhala officers to the government departments in Batticaloa and to appoint a Sinhala person as the SLFP organizer for Batticaloa district besides demanding first preference to Sinhala people and Buddhist temples in Batticaloa district. He gave up the fast on assurances made by SL government that his demands will be met.
17 Sinhala persons have been newly appointed in Batticaloa district according to the list of 21 appointments sent to Batticaloa Government Agent by the Ministry of Public Administration and Interior Affairs. Tamil officers should be appointed in Batticaloa district where the majority of the population is Tamils so as to prevent problems arising due to the difficulty in communication with the Sinhala officers, P. Selvarasa pointed in his letter to SL President.
P. Selvarasa, in his letter, has appealed to SL President to attend to this issue immediately and to appoint Tamil officers to the government departments and offices in Batticaloa district.
He has sent a copy of the letter to the Ministry of Public Administration.