A youth had adamantly waited for 30 minutes at the Jaffna Main Post office, insisting that a receipt for him be written in Tamil and not in English and finally got his receipt written in Tamil. This incident had occurred at the Jaffna Post office on Wednesday.
In a context where the above was fined by police for traffic offence he had paid the fine at the Jaffna Post Office. When the receiving officer started to write the receipt in English, the you had insisted with him to issue his receipt in Tamil.
We routinely write the receipts in English and I will write receipt in English, the officer had said. Then the youth had said your mother tongue is Tamil and my mother tongue is also Tamil and why can’t you write the receipt in Tamil,
When the officer said he will write the receipt in Tamil, the youth had said he will only accept a receipt written in Tamil . Thereafter the officer had said in a threatening voice that the youth is casing hindrance and he will report the youth to the police.
Undeterred by this, the youth had said his receipt should issued in Tamil and went on to sit in a seat in the post office and waited for his receipt.
After around 39 minutes of waiting the relevant officer had called the youth and issued his receipt Tamil.
Commenting on the incident, the youth had said that particulars are called for in Tamil and Sinhala in receipt. But our Tamil officers are refusing to issue the receipts in Tamil. I have always insisted my receipts to issued in Tamil . In two or three places they readily complied with my request. In other places they will give me an alien look at first but will issue the receipts in Tamil. But I didn’t want to compromise my language rights. Our youth also should not compromise their Language rights, he said.