[Lgpolicy-list] [lg policy] Maharasshtra: Govt. panel links jobs, promotions to use of Marathi

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Sat Nov 15 14:54:02 UTC 2014

 Govt. panel links jobs, promotions to use of Marathi

 Promotions and raises of government servants are to be stringently linked
to the `usage of correct' Marathi in offices and establishments.

Civil servants and personnel in government and educational establishments
across Maharashtra could end up paying a price for actions that ‘undermine’
Marathi if the recommendations of a committee set up by the former
Congress-NCP government are accepted.

The Congress-NCP government had first constituted a committee on Marathi
language policy in June 2010. However the government chose to set up a new
one February 2013 through a gazette notification. The mandate of the
committee was to make recommendations to preserve and promote Marathi in
educational institutions as well as other government agencies. The draft,
put up on the State government’s website (www.maharashtra.gov.in), is open
for public feedback until December 15.

The document, drawn up by a 30-member advisory committee and headed by
educationist and writer Nagnath Kotapalle, aims not only at conserving, but
also promulgating the language globally.

According to its recommendations on the Marathi language policy for the
next 25 years, promotions and increments of government servants are to be
stringently linked to the ‘usage of correct’ Marathi in offices and

Career advancements of individuals are to be stopped, while establishments
are to have their grants and privileges withheld if Marathi is not used at
all by a person or establishment or used incorrectly. The panel further
recommends appointment of special officers to monitor that “correct”
Marathi is always spoken on television channels.

According to the document, there must be 50 per cent reservation for
Marathi-speaking people in multinational companies. The document also
suggests that 30 per cent of a film crew including technicians should be
Marathi-speaking for a movie to be eligible for tax benefits.

“Few government and judicial bodies use Marathi in the course of their
day-to-day functioning. It is generally absent in financial and industrial
bodies. It is unfortunate that despite Marathi being the State language for
over five decades, not a single Marathi medium university has come up in
Maharashtra,” said Mr. Kotapalle.

Mr. Kotapalle, recently elected as president of 86th Akhil Bharatiya
Marathi Sahitya Sammelan, is known as a zealous crusader for the
conservation of the language. According to him, all recommendations made in
the draft policy were “eminently viable” and designed in such a way so as
to permit its practical implementation.

“The purpose is to instill a sense of pride in the Marathi language. This
in turn will facilitate make the conservation and promotion of Marathi,” he


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