The government has set up a hotline (1956) for public to report incidents of religious and ethnic violence, Minister of National Co-existence, Dialogue and Official Languages, Mano Ganesan says.
The Ministry will also establish reconciliation committees at the village level. Members of these committees are required to identify potential incidents and take preventive measures, Ganesan added.
“One of the biggest issues is that there is the absence of a link between the grassroots and the government. After the unfortunate Digana violence a lot of people accused the government of not responding fast enough. They said that a lot of people in the area knew that something untoward was going to happen. But, the problem is that those in decision-making positions did not know what was happening, and we are trying to address this issue,” he said.
Ganesan said his ministry was having discussions with religious leaders, youth groups, government officials, artistes and representatives of women and marginalized communities to identify what the structure of these committees should be and where they should be established first.
The government would also take steps to attach officials that can work in both Sinhala and Tamil to each government institution, he said