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June 16/19, 1977, Forty Years Ago: Language Matters

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From: Indian Express By: Vinay Siwach Published at: June 18, 2017
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The Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities has regretted that many state governments are insisting on the knowledge of the regional language at the time of recruitment to state services. In his 16th report, tabled in Parliament for July 1973 to June 1974, the commissioner named the governments of Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The commissioner said: “Such an attitude of the state governments is against the decision of the Chief Ministers’ conference of I961.” He suggested the state governments should reconsider in view of the acute unemployment problem, which affects linguistic minorities also. The commissioner spoke of complaints about the non-availability of textbooks in the mother-tongue of linguistic minorities.The state governments, which nationalised book production, argue that the proposition is uneconomic while private publishers are not coming forward, the commissioner said.

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When prime minister Morarji Desai returns to Delhi from the Commonwealth conference in London, he will drive straight to his new residence at 1, Safdarjung Road. The other members of the family have already shifted to the new address.

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