MK criticises UPSC notifiction on regional languages
Chennai, Mar 12 : Playing the 'anti Hindi card' against the Union Government again, DMK President and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today said the recent notification by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) announcing certain changes in the Civil Service Main Examination with reference to regional languages as the medium, tantamounted to imposing Hindi.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to make way for choosing the regional languages for writing the examination, he charged the change comes as a 'big blow to rural aspirants'.
The restriction imposed in choosing a regional language for writing the examination only when there is a minimum number of 26 candidates qualified in a particular language, was not applicable for Hindi and English languages according to the notification, Mr Karunanidhi alleged.
The changes notified by the UPSC were being construed as obvious steps to impose Hindi. "This is a serious violation of the assurance given by Pandit Nehru to our nation," he charged.
He also pointed out that the changes would lead to 'unhealthy and unequal competition' among rural and urban students.
He urged the Prime Minister to withdraw the recent notification of the UPSC and make arrangements enabling aspirants of the All India Service to take their examinations in any of the recognised regional languages.
"The DMK has been, for a very long time, demanding introduction of all regional languages in the All India Services and making all of them official languages of the Indian Union," he informed the Prime Minister in his letter.