12 new Divisional Secretariat areas in 9 districts have been declared by President Mahinda Rajapaksa as areas where both the Sinhala & Tamil languages should be used as the languages of administration.
The areas are Dehiwala, Mount Lavinia, Ganga Ihale Kirale and theKandy 4 Gravets and Gangawata Kirale, Matale, Lankapura and Welikanda in Polonnaruwa, Ratnapura, Balangoda, Mawanella, Kekirawa, Vavuniya South and Dehiattakandiya.
The president has made the order under the constitutional provisions that enable him to declare that both languages be used for administrative purposes in any area taking into consideration the linguistic make up of these areas.
Official Language Commissioner J.D.C.Jayasinghe said the government is expediting its tri-lingual policy throughout the country and this step would assist in the process.
Source: Sunday Times 14th Oct 2012