Nuwara Eliya has no Tamil administrative officers- UPF

[TamilNet, Friday, 10 March 2006, 03:09 GMT]
Nuwara Eliya, a district with 80% percent Tamil population, and a district which has the largest concentration of Tamils outside NorthEast, does not have a single Tamil Administrative Officer, said Leader of Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), Periyasamy Chandrasekaran, in an urgent letter sent to Sri Lanka President, Mahinda Rajapakse, UPF's media co-ordinator said Thursday.

District Secretary, Additional District Secretary and Assistant District Secretary positions in the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat are held by Sinhala officials, the letter said.

Further, all five Regional Secretaries and the five Assistant Regional Secretaries are Sinhalese, the letter added.

The posts of Commissioner of Nuwara Eliya Municipal Council, Secretaries of Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council, and Talawakelle Lindula Urban Council too are held by Sinhalese, Chandrasekaran said in his letter.

UPF leader appealed to Mr Rajapakse to urgently consider appointing Tamil officers, either Tamils of Indian Origin or Tamils from NorthEast, to important administrative posts in the district to avoid nurturing resentment within the Hill country Tamils.

Chandrasekaran also said in his letter that Sri Lanka Government has solemn responsibility to create opportunities for Tamils of Indian Origin to be trained to hold key administrative positions.

 

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