[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Maharashtra: A blueprint to make Marathi global

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Nov 12 17:46:47 UTC 2014


A blueprint to make Marathi global



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 [image: marathi_m] Maharashtra policy seeks 50 pc job quota in MNCs for
Marathi-speaking people. (Source: maharashtra.gov.in)
 Written by Prasad Joshi
<http://indianexpress.com/profile/author/prasad-joshi/> | Prasad Joshi
| Posted:
November 12, 2014 3:46 am

Appointment of special officers to ensure use of “correct” Marathi on TV
channels, penal provisions for bureaucrats and institutions if they do not
use Marathi in official work, Marathi menu cards in hotels and restaurants
and 50 per cent reservation in MNC jobs for
Marathi-speaking population are some of the recommendations that have found
place in the draft of Marathi language policy of Maharashtra government for
next 25 years.

The draft is open for public feedback till December 15. It was recently put
up on state government’s website, www.maharashtra.gov.in
<http://www.maharashtra.gov.in/1125/%E0%A4%AE%E0%A5%81%E0%A4%96%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%AF-%E0%A4%AA%E0%A5%83%E0%A4%B7%E0%A5%8D%E0%A4%A0>
A multi-member expert panel led by writer and academician Nagnath Kotapalle
has framed the policy, which also recommends higher education in Marathi
medium and availability of Marathi-compatible computers.

The draft also observes that the government machinery and judiciary do not
use Marathi in day-to-day working despite a formal resolve to this effect.
It stresses that the use of Marathi is almost nowhere in financial
institutions as well as industry.

Ganesh Shetty, president of Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers’ Association,
said menu cards and bills in Marathi would pose problem to customers
visiting establishments in multi-lingual areas such as Koregaon Park and
Camp in the city. “We will have to print new menu cards, which will be an
extra cost burden. Otherwise, we do not think there will be a major
problem,” he said.

Panel head Kotapalle said all recommendations made in the draft policy were
feasible and could be practically implemented.

“Our attitude to see realistic things as unrealistic when it comes to
conservation and promotion of Marathi language is the real barrier. The
state government plays the role of facilitator as well as regulator even
for the private sector. Therefore, it can easily implement all the
recommendations,” he said.

The policy, spelling out its objectives to be achieved in a time-bound
manner, envisages stability and support for Marathi language on different
fronts during the next 25 years by developing a liking for the regional
language and making it a global language.
- See more at:
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/a-blueprint-to-make-marathi-global/#sthash.sduRxMn8.dpuf


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