The Marathi Abhyas Kendra has demanded increased usage of Marathi in the daily proceedings of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
“The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai is ruled by the Shiv Sena, which flaunts its Marathi identity. Despite this, the functioning of the BMC is still not in Marathi in most areas,” said Dipak Pawar, president of Marathi Abhyas Kendra.
The organisation has been working towards promoting and protecting Marathi.
Pawar said the SAP software, which is extensively used in the corporation, does not operate in Marathi. He also claimed that work orders or purchase orders are not given out in Marathi.
He added that there was a need integrate language movements with movements of development to ensure the ‘Marathisation’ of the state.
The demands were made at the launch of ‘My ward-My Corporator’, a pilot project report by Marathi Abhyas Kendra.
The project evaluates the works of each corporator across 190 wards which have been analysed by using the Right To Information (RTI) Act.
The MY Ward – My Corporate project was planned keeping in mind the upcoming civic body election in the city.
With this project, the Marathi Abhyas Kendra plans to appeal to people to get involved in the process of evaluating corporators.