Modi alleges ‘language bias’ against Gujarati,writes to PM

Describing the recent changes in the exam pattern of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as “a language bias” against Gujarati,Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention to reverse the changes.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Ahmedabad | Published:March 15, 2013 3:50 am

Describing the recent changes in the exam pattern of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) as “a language bias” against Gujarati,Chief Minister Narendra Modi Thursday sought Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention to reverse the changes.

In a letter to the Prime Minister,Modi opposed the decision to scrap the regional languages. “The decision would ruin the dreams of thousands of candidates from Gujarat,” he said,seeking that the PM take a remedial step.

“A candidate will not be able to write the essay in Gujarati or in any other language. He has to now compulsorily write it in English or Hindi,” Modi said.

If a candidate has graduated in any of the approved regional languages,then he should be able to write all the papers (except Section-2 of Paper-1 on English comprehension and précis) in that language,Modi said.

He described the new rules as a “language bias” against Gujarati because a large number of students in the state attend Gujarati medium schools and cannot be as proficient in English or Hindi as they would be in Gujarati.

A large number of candidates from the socially or financially backward classes,including those from tribal communities,belong to this disadvantaged section,whose chances would be spoilt due to the new rules,he said.

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