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No Marathi HSC schools in Kannada-dominated villages of Maha

There are no Marathi medium Higher Secondary schools in Jat taluka of Sangli district bordering Karnataka, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was informed today.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2010 16:55 IST

There are no Marathi medium Higher Secondary schools in Jat taluka of Sangli district bordering Karnataka, the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly was informed on Saturday.

Prakash Shendge (BJP) who represents the Jat assembly constituency in Sangli district said all efforts to persaude the administration to give permission for Marathi schools from elected representatives including Sangli MP and Union Minister Pratik Patil have failed.

"The matter is pending before the state government for the last three years. Marathi is taught till seventh standard, and from eighth to tenth grade, Marathi speaking people have to learn Kannada," he said.

Patangrao Kadam, who is the Guardian Minister of Sangli district said there are 40 villages in Jat taluka bordering Karnataka which are Kannada-dominated.

"There are no Marathi schools here. People are willing to learn the language. However, the administration points out at rules and says that no permission can be given for new Marathi medium schools," he said.

Also, as per Mahajan Commission, these Kannada dominated villages were to be transferred to Karnataka, Shendge said.

Reacting to the whole matter, Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said he was unaware of it.

"I will look into it and Marathi medium schools would be started as a special case," he said.

Leader of Opposition Eknath Khadse criticised the government for its "false love" and "double standards" as far as Marathi language was concerned.