Hounslow City Council makes Sinhala an official language
The city of Hounslow in the South West of UK made Sinhala one of its
official languages from October 29.
The City council of Hounslow recognised that Sinhala was commonly
spoken by its citizens.
This is the first time that Sinhala has been recognised outside Sri
Lanka by a country or city. Around one-million Sinhala people living in
Hounslow can get their work done in Sinhala after it was recognised as
an official language.
Accordingly, it is also the responsibility of the City Council of
Hounslow to provide translators and interpreters for the benefit of
Sinhalese living in the city of Hounslow. Providing Sinhala language
books to libraries are also a responsibility of the Urban Council of
Hounslow. Hounslow has been recognised even in Europe as one of the
cities in which a large number of Sinhalese live outside Sri Lanka.
The Hounslow Sri Lanka Janahanda Foundation carried out a campaign to
make Sinhala an official language. Its Chairman, Sri Lal Dias, appealed
to the Council by forwarding thousands of signatures continuously.
Opposition leader and leader of the Labour Party of Hounslow,
Jegadeesh Sharma presented the proposal to the council for approval.