- Published on Tuesday, 17 July 2012 12:53
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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that all members of society including politicians, religious leaders as well as ambassadors, should play an active role in facilitating social integration, eliminating existing divisions, without trying to exploit these divisions for petty political and other advantages. The President made these comments yesterday at the inauguration ceremony of the Social Integration Week at Temple Trees.
President Rajapaksa said national integration itself was insufficient to preserve the victory gained by vanquishing the scourge of terrorism. He said that therefore the government has taken another step forward to build up social integration by launching the Social Integration Policy Framework.
He said that certain politicians were responsible for promoting religious, racial, caste, creed and language discord to secure power during elections which should not be the case. He said that ambassadors also have to take measures to eliminate divisions in society.
The President pointed out that for social integration, the government made provisions for advanced level students in Kilinochchi with three S passes, the lowest ranking passes, to enter the Medical Faculty while some students with two A passes, the highest ranking pass, and one S pass in Colombo are unable to gain entrance
The President said for social integration, the government has held examinations only in Tamil language in the North and East Provinces to recruit officers for government institutions.
He said measures are underway to conduct examinations only in Tamil language to recruit cadre for civil administration.
He said measures have been taken to recruit personnel from the area for the agriculture sector, Police and many other fields to serve in the North and East.(niz)