November 12, 2014 3:46:14 am
Appointment of special officers to ensure use of “correct” Marathi on TV channels, penal provisions for bureaucrats and institutions if they do not use Marathi in official work, Marathi menu cards in hotels and restaurants and 50 per cent reservation in MNC jobs for
Marathi-speaking population are some of the recommendations that have found place in the draft of Marathi language policy of Maharashtra government for next 25 years.
The draft is open for public feedback till December 15. It was recently put up on state government’s website, http://www.maharashtra.gov.in
A multi-member expert panel led by writer and academician Nagnath Kotapalle has framed the policy, which also recommends higher education in Marathi medium and availability of Marathi-compatible computers.
The draft also observes that the government machinery and judiciary do not use Marathi in day-to-day working despite a formal resolve to this effect. It stresses that the use of Marathi is almost nowhere in financial institutions as well as industry.
Ganesh Shetty, president of Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers’ Association, said menu cards and bills in Marathi would pose problem to customers visiting establishments in multi-lingual areas such as Koregaon Park and Camp in the city. “We will have to print new menu cards, which will be an extra cost burden. Otherwise, we do not think there will be a major problem,” he said.
Panel head Kotapalle said all recommendations made in the draft policy were feasible and could be practically implemented.
“Our attitude to see realistic things as unrealistic when it comes to conservation and promotion of Marathi language is the real barrier. The state government plays the role of facilitator as well as regulator even for the private sector. Therefore, it can easily implement all the recommendations,” he said.
The policy, spelling out its objectives to be achieved in a time-bound manner, envisages stability and support for Marathi language on different fronts during the next 25 years by developing a liking for the regional language and making it a global language.
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