Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, November 20
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to provide a fair and equal opportunity to students who are not well versed in English and Hindi by allowing them to write the exams in regional languages.
In his letter, the Chief Minister stated that all the competitive exams for recruitment to posts in Central Government, Central public sector undertakings, Railways, Defence services, nationalised banks, etc., are held in only two languages – Hindi and English.
“Students who do not study in English medium or those who are not from Hindi speaking states face serious disadvantage in these competitive examinations,” he wrote in the letter.
The move is being seen as an anti-Hindi stand of some regional states who want their own languages to be promoted rather than what they call “imposing Hindi”. The letter is likely to revive the debate on the use of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states.
In his letter KCR said that the Centre should conduct all competitive exams for Central Government jobs through its departments and the Union Public Service Commission in languages best known to the candidates.