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Eye on manoos' votes, Chavan bats for local language

Attempts to please the Marathi manoos have intensified and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan does not want to be left behind. Chavan told the state Legislative Council on Tuesday that every new structure will have space for a shop selling Marathi literature.

mumbai Updated: Jul 28, 2010 01:22 IST
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Attempts to please the Marathi manoos have intensified and Chief Minister Ashok Chavan does not want to be left behind.

Chavan told the state Legislative Council on Tuesday that every new structure will have space for a shop selling Marathi literature.

"I will ask the Urban Development Department to change the development rules for this," Chavan said. It is, however, unclear, how this will be done.

With the battle for Mumbai's cash-rich municipal corporation less than two years away, pro-Marathi statements seem to be a favourite with all parties. The idea is to combat the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which won 13 seats in the 2009 Assembly polls on the Marathi agenda.

Chavan said the government would launch a special Marathi font to help read Marathi documents online in three months.

"Almost 70 per cent work on this is done," Chavan said replying to Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Vinod Tawde.

Chavan said work to set up a Marathi language archive and dictionary is in process. A Marathi advisory committee will be set up to check whether Marathi is being used as the language of communication in central and state offices, banks and district courts.

The high court has also been asked to get its judgments and orders processed in Marathi.

Chavan also clarified his earlier statement on issuing cab licences to Marathi-speaking people.

"We have implemented the central Act that requires a licence holder to have working knowledge of Marathi and one other local language," Chavan said.

"Also, having vehicle name plates in Marathi will create a problem if the vehicle is taken outside the state."