Sampanthan writes to PM on appointing a non Tamil speaking District Secretary to Jaffna

MP R. Sampanthan today wrote to the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa bringing to attention that the government has appointed a non Tamil speaking individual as the District Secretary of the Jaffna district.

“As you are aware more than 95 % of the population in Jaffna is Tamil Speaking. All 10 Members of Parliament are Tamil Speaking and is the same with other institutions,” he stated to the Prime Minister.

He stated that in the circumstances posting a Non Tamil speaking public Official as District Secretary and Government Agent to Jaffna District will seem inappropriate and that it would also be undemocratic.

“lnteraction by the public with the senior most district official both verbally and in writingwill be more effective if the official is Tamil speaking. Moreover, when the government is contemplating the enactment of a new constitution, restructuring powers of governance enabling the maximum possible devolution in the area of historical habitation of the Tamil speaking people in the North East,” Sampanthan said.

He said that such a step will be counter-productive and not welcomed by the people.

“ln these circumstances, I have to earnestly request you to kindly review any such proposal and post to the Jaffna District as District Secretary / Government Agent a senior competent Tamil speaking public official,” he said.