The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved classifying Malayalam as a classical language,bringing it into an exclusive club comprising Sanskrit,Tamil,Telugu and Kannada and meeting one of the long-pending demands of the Kerala government.
Apart from the symbolic value attached to it,securing classical language tag would have benefits as well as it will result in flow of resources and recognition of scholars and writers of eminence in Malayalam through awards.
Securing classical language status for Malayalam has been high on the agenda of successive governments in Kerala. The previous Left Front government and the present Congress-led government have been aggressively raising the issue with the Centre,especially after the government granted classical language status to Kannada and Telugu in 2008,which belongs to the same Dravidian linguistic family.
The cabinet also approved the special recruitment drive launched to fill up the backlog in reserved vacancies of the Scheduled Castes,Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes. According to a government statement,a total of 75,522 backlog vacancies were identified out of which 44,427 were in the direct recruitment quota and 31,095 in the promotion quota.
Out of 31,095 backlog vacancies in the promotion quota,there are 11,347 vacancies for which eligible candidates are not available even in the extended zone of consideration. Therefore,it has not been found possible to fill up these vacancies, the government said.
These include 4,239 posts meant for SCs and 7,106 for STs. Of the 44,427 backlog vacancies in the direct recruitment quota,64.35 per cent have been filled up so far by inducting 28,588 persons.