Colombo: 6000 Tamil youths, including 1,000 women, have responded to a recruitment drive for the ethnic community in the former LTTE stronghold Jaffna for the first time in three-decades.
The recruitment drive is being conducted in most
districts of the North and East, an official said, adding they
are very keen and showing much enthusiasm to join the force.
Following the defeat of the LTTE, the government seeks
to involve the local Tamils in tackling the law and order and
calm tensions between predominantly Sinhalese government and
the Tamils, who have alleged discrimination in government jobs
Over 6000 Tamil youths, including 1,000 women, were
interviewed at the Duriappah Stadium in the Jaffna peninsula
last week for 1,000 posts for men and women police constables
and drivers, officials said. Youths from Jaffna, Kayts,
Chavakachcheri and Point Pedro faced the interviews conducted
by senior police officers.
The Tamil Tigers considered those part of the Lankan
police force as traitors. According to officials, the last
major recruitment in Jaffna was undertaken in 1979 even though
subsequent drives in the region did not elicit much response
from the public perhaps due to fear and intimidation by the
LTTE, which had aimed to establish an independent homeland for
the minority community.
IGP Jayantha Wickremaratne, who visited the Northern
Range during last weekend, underlined the need for Tamil youth
to help maintain law and order in the area, the state-owned
Daily News said today.