Now, write your views on the ‘Narendra Modi’ app in Marathi
The Prime Minister’s Office has included Marathi as an optional regional language for Narendra Modi app, the official mobile phone application of the Prime Minister.mumbai Updated: Mar 28, 2017 11:53 IST
You can now express your opinion on the Central government’s performance and decisions in Marathi. The Prime Minister’s Office has included Marathi as an optional regional language for Narendra Modi app, the official mobile phone application of the Prime Minister.
In December 2016, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) worker Akhil Chitre had complained that the app had only five Indian languages — Hindi, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Tamil — besides English. Chitre received a reply within days that his complaint was disposed of due to ‘translation problem’ with no further action was taken.
He then took the matter up with the PMO, asking it to incorporate Marathi in the app, which was launched in 2015 and posted updates on Modi’s day-to-day activities.
Inclusion of Marathi has taken the total number of Indian languages available on the app to nine. The other languages added were Bengali, Odia and Telugu.
“I am happy that Marathi was added to the regional language option in the ‘Narendra Modi’ app just a day before Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian new year,” said Chitre.
The Raj Thackeray-led MNS is known for its anti-Hindi rhetoric and pro-Marathi stand, especially in Maharashtra. It had insisted on measures such as issuing auto-rickshaw permits only to Marathi-speaking people, and displaying signboards of shops and restaurants in Marathi. The party has been struggling to stay afloat after failing in elections consistently.