The Constitution of Sir Lanka as amended by the 13th amendment defines Sinhala and Tamil as the official languages and English as the link language. In addition under the Constitution Sinhala and Tamil are also the National languages of Sri Lanka . Any citizen of the state has the right to deal with the Government institutions in any one of the above three languages. However the government cannot serve the public in all three languages due to the lack of proficiency among the government employees in the second and the third languages. Tamil and Sinhala are respectively the Second Official Languages of the Sinhala speaking and Tamil speaking public servants. English is the third Language in which the public could communicate with the government institutions. These in the main comprise the Official Languages Policy (OLP) .
The Official Languages Commission is a statutory body established by Act No. 18 of 1991 is vested with the authority it oversee the implementation of the OLP among other functions.