Lok Sabha adjourned over language on name boards

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Fri May 18 14:13:00 UTC 2007

LS adjourned over railway order on name boards

Thursday, May 17, 2007 17:22 [IST]

New Delhi: Proceedings in the Lok Sabha were adjourned abruptly Thursday
after MPs protested over an alleged Indian Railways order that all name
boards on trains, including those of destination, would be only in English
and Hindi and, in the case of trains from Tamil Nadu, in Tamil. The house
was adjourned at 12.25 p.m. till 1 p.m. after MPs belonging to various
parties objected to the alleged railway order.

Raising the issue during zero hour, Brajesh Tripathi of Biju Janata Dal
said that according to a railway department order the destination names
should only be in English and Hindi, but trains going to and from Tamil
Nadu would carry name boards in Tamil, Tripathi pointed out that the
government has been following a three-language policy for the railways and
sought an explanation from the government over the decision.

Angry over the order, MPs from West Bengal, Kerala and Maharashtra
immediately stood up and started shouting at the treasury benches. Unable
to control the pandemonium, the speaker adjourned the house till 1 p.m.



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[Moderator's note: this item differs slightly from a previous one,
reporting that the Lok Sabha had been adjourned over the issue of
language(s) printed on tickets. (hs)]

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