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Chennai: Railways once again lands in language tiff

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Sep 7, 2019, 2:13 am IST
Updated Sep 7, 2019, 2:13 am IST
Stalin has written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to reconsider the decision, conveyed to all the zonal railways by the Railway Board.
DMK president M K Stalin
 DMK president M K Stalin

Chennai: The Indian Railways has yet again crashed into a language controversy with the DMK president MK Stalin and a few other opposition leaders here stoutly protesting against its decision to hold General Departmental Competitive Examinations (GDCE) only in English and Hindi.Stalin has written to Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to reconsider the decision, conveyed to all the zonal railways by the Railway Board on August 21.

In his letter Stalin stating that the question papers of the GDCE examinations would only be in English and Hindi because the “catchment area and eligibility zone of consideration” was restricted to serving railway employees - thereby meaning that all the serving railway employees are expected to have not just a working knowledge of Hindi/English but also proficiency to take examinations in that language.

 

Needless to say that those employees who have served their tenures so far in the south and stayed loyal to the Dravidian parties' two-language formula, would be placed at great disadvantage while seeking advancement in their career in the railways.

“The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam opposes such discriminatory practices and reiterates that the Union Government immediately must ensure that all Indians are treated equally, irrespective of their linguistic or geographical background”, said Stalin on his twitter handle.

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