(Source: Sri Lanka - The
Devolution Debate, ICES, Colombo, 1996)
Mr. Dudley Senanayake and Mr.
S.J.V.Chelvanayakam met on the 24-3-1965 and discussed matters
relating to some problems over which the Tamil-speaking people
were concerned, and Mr. Senanayake agreed that action on the
following lines would be taken by him to ensure a stable government:
(1) Action will be taken early
under the Tamil Language Special Provisions Act to make provision
of the Tamil Language of Administration and of Record in the
Northern and Eastern Provinces.
Mr. Senanayake explained that
it was the policy of his party that a Tamil-speaking person
should be entitled to transact business in Tamil throughout
(2) Mr. Senanayake stated that
it was the policy of his party to amend the Language of Courts
Act to provide for legal proceedings in the Northern and Eastern
Provinces to be conducted and recorded in Tamil.
(3) Action will be taken to
establish District Councils in Ceylon vested with powers over
subjects to be mutually agreed upon between the two leaders.
It was agreed, however, that the government should have power
under the law to give directions to such councils under the
(4) The Land Development Ordinance
will be amended to provide that citizens of Ceylon be entitled
to the allotment of land under the Ordinance.
Mr. Senanayake further agreed
that in the granting of land under colonization schemes the
following priorities be observed in the Northern and Eastern
(a) Land in the Northern and
Eastern provinces should in the first instance be granted
to land less persons in the district.
(b) Secondly, to Tamil-speaking
persons resident in the northern and eastern provinces.
(c) Thirdly, to other citizens
in Ceylon, preference being given to Tamil citizens in the
rest of the Island.
Sgd. Dudley Senanayake
24. 3. 65
24. 3. 65
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