Plea for an Urdu voice in state language panel

Hyderabad: The president of Tahreek Urdu Telangana (TUT), Khan Zia, appealed to Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy to nominate a representative for Urdu in the Official Language Commission (OLC). The organisation works for promotion of Urdu in the state.

Zia said this would help in identifying and resolving issues concerning the Urdu-speaking population, besides promoting the language. He urged the government to implement Urdu as the second official language more forcefully than has been the case in the past.

Highlighting the historical recognition of Urdu in the region, he said that due to a lack of effective measures by the previous government that the Urdu-speaking people were subject to myriad challenges.

The TUT chief emphasised the need for a comprehensive plan to promote the language. Towards this, he suggested Urdu signboards at tourist spots and on RTC buses, restoring the status of Urdu Fazil exams conducted by Idara-e-Adabiyat-e-Urdu and extension of schemes and facilities for Urdu journalists on par with those from other languages and filling up the nearly 1,000 Urdu teachers’ posts that are vacant.

Zia also sought immediate filling up of vacant Urdu medium posts for various subjects under DSC and other teacher recruitment tests.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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