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Centre not imposing Hindi language, only promoting it: Venkaiah Naidu

The Union minister was refuting charges levelled by DMK leader MK stalin’s charges and said govt was only promoting Hindi like any other regional language.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2017 01:20 IST
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Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the Centre was promoting Hindi like any other regional languages.(HT File Photo)

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said the Centre had not undertaken a move to impose Hindi on anyone, adding that it was only being promoted like other regional languages.

Naidu refuted the charges levelled by DMK leader MK Stalin, who had said that the Parliamentary Committee (on Official Language) proposed to make use of Hindi, both in speech and writing, mandatory for those members of parliament and Union ministers who could read and speak it.

He further alleged that an ordinance to this effect has been issued, suggesting that the government was imposing Hindi.

Naidu said the Parliamentary Committee headed by the then home minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram had made the recommendation for the use of Hindi by parliamentarians and ministers that was forwarded to the President in June, 2011. The present government notified the recommendation on 31st March, 2017 after President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the committee’s suggestion, he added

“This shows that the suggestion of the Parliamentary Committee on Official Language was only recommendatory and not mandatory. It is totally false and mischievous to allege that an Ordinance was passed in this regard,” Naidu said.

His cabinet colleague and minister in charge of the department of official language, Kiren Rijiju also denied the allegations made by Stalin.

“We are not imposing Hindi but promoting it like any other language,” the BJP leader said.

First Published: Apr 25, 2017 01:19 IST