Sri Lanka: National Language Policy speechless without translators


3 August, 2009


A dearth of qualified translators and interpreters is a major hurdle to the implementation of the National Language Policy with a pressing need for them in courts, provincial councils and local authorities.
This was revealed at a workshop held on the “Crisis in translation in the public administration” last week.

The cadre strength of the Translators Service was around 600 but there were only 131 in the service at present, Official Languages Commission (OLC) Chairman Raja Collure said. However, the actual requirement of translators runs into several thousands with the administration of justices sector alone needing a minimum of 500 translators and 500 interpreter.

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