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No new rule framed on taxi permits, says Chavan

Facing criticism for his government's decision making knowledge of Marathi mandatory for getting taxi permits, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan clarified that no new rules have been formed in this regard.

mumbai Updated: Jan 21, 2010 22:09 IST

Facing criticism for his government's decision making knowledge of Marathi mandatory for getting taxi permits, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Thursday clarified that no new rules have been formed in this regard.

"Sub-Rule 4(2) and Sub-Rule 24(1) of Maharashtra Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, state that in order to get an authorisation to drive taxi, the condition of 15 years domicile in the state and working knowledge of Marathi and any one of the languages commonly spoken there is necessary," a release from CMO said.

"It is clarified that no change has been proposed in these provisions of the said rules by the state cabinet," the release said.

The cabinet had on Wednesday decided to give taxi badges only to those person who are well-versed in Marathi and have resided in the state for at least 15 years.

In the line of fire from leaders of Hindi-speaking states, including Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who dubbed the move as "unconstitutional", Chavan had backtracked on the controversial move, saying "taxi drivers need to speak a local language only and the local language includes Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati."