As the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has taken an aggressive stand over Marathi signboards in Mumbai, anticipating more violence, the BJP led state government issued a circular to make Marathi language compulsory in the central government offices in Maharashtra.
According to the circular, as per the central government’s trilingual policy, the central government’s offices, banks, Insurance companies and railway offices have been asked to use Marathi language along with Hindi and English.
A circular issued by the state’ Marathi Bhasha department stated that Marathi is ‘rajbhasha’ of Maharashtra. Hence, the central offices and institutions,situated in the state, shall follow three languages principle in their works.
It further said,” Despite of the repeated warnings, the central offices and institutions are only using Hindi-English and not Marathi. Therefore, Banks, telephone department, post department, Metro, Monorail, Airport, Petroleum, Income Tax departments should use trilingual policy.”
The circular also mentioned that Marathi should be written in Devenagari script by them.
Education Minister Vinod Tawde said,”The government has received several complaints regarding not using the Marathi language in central government offices. We want that trilingual policy should be followed strictly in the state.
These offices are taking many benefits from the state government, they should use Marathi in their official work.”
When asked what action will be taken against them, if they fail to use Marathi, he said as the provision of the concerned Act, action will be initiated against them.
It may be recalled that the MNS has already been pressurizing the banks to use Marathi in their routine works.