LC: Govt cornered over ‘neglecting Urdu’

Minister Admits Lapses In Appointing Non-Urdu Knowing Naib Tehsildars

ABHINAV VERMA

Jammu, Mar 12: Cutting across party lines, members in the Upper House Tuesday cornered the state government over the “fast diminishing” use of Urdu in maintaining official. 
 The issue triggered a heated debate after being raised by National Conference member Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy during a Question Hour. Suharwady wanted to know about the steps taken by the government to ensure maintaining records in the state’s official language, Urdu.
 The members expressed serious concern over the neglect of Urdu despite being the official language of the State.
 Viewing concern, Ghulam Kadir Pardesi said there was a need to know the reasons behind the neglect of Urdu. He asked the government to ensure use of Urdu as official language in a full-fledged manner.       
 National Panthers Party (NPP) member Rafiq Shah said Urdu subject should be made compulsory in all educational institutions of Jammu and Kashmir.
 PDP member Murtaza Kahna and Congress member Naresh Gupta also wanted to know about the follow-up action by the government with regard to creation of 29 posts for proposed Urdu Academy by the Planning department. 
 Earlier, replying to the main and supplementary questions, Minister for Culture, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi admitted that the recruitment agencies did not follow the eligibility criteria of Urdu-knowing while making recruitments for the posts of Naib Tehsildars and Kashmir Court Services (KCS). He also admitted that there was acute shortage of Urdu teachers in the state. 
 However, he said it was one-time relaxation and will never be repeated in future. He informed that for these officers the government has introduced a course in IMPA to teach them Urdu and increase their proficiency in the language.
 Gurezi admitted that as per the rules, Urdu subject has been made compulsory from 1st to 8th class in government schools but those in the private sector cannot be compelled to do so.    
 “We cannot compel private schools to teach Urdu,” he said, adding that most of the parents prefer private institutions for the education of their children.   
 He said it was need of the time to introduce Urdu as compulsory subject in schools to restore the status of the language and the government would direct the concerned department to take measures in this direction.
 He said the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was also keen to restore the status of Urdu language. “In this regard he has constituted a committee of scholars, which has submitted its recommendations and the same will be implemented as early as possible,” he said.
 Gurezi said the proposal for creation of 29 posts for the proposed Urdu Academy has been sent to the concerned for approval.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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