Uddhav Thackeray government of Maharashtra has issued an order mandating the use of Marathi language in government offices. The state general administration department has issued a new circular to government offices stating that all employees will use Marathi language for their work.
This department is currently with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Shiv Sena has been raising the issue of use of Marathi language since the beginning. The circular states that only Marathi language will have to use in all government offices, ministries, divisional offices and bodies’ offices for official use in letters and other media.
It has further stated in the circular that failing to do so, the employees will either warn or it will enter in its confidential report or their increment will stop for a year. If found guilty in the case, the employee will have to give clarification with convincing reason.
The circular also brings to light the advertisements of some government schemes and slogans written in Hindi and English. It has said that circulars have issued earlier in this regard, but they were not following.
It is to note that earlier in February, the government made it compulsory to teach Marathi language in every school of the state up to 10th standard. A provision has made to recover a fine of Rs one lakh from the school for violating this order.
The Maharashtra government is also opening a Marathi medium college in Kolhapur for Marathi speaking people living in the border areas of Karnataka. Higher and Technical Education Minister Uday Samant said that the decision has taken to meet the educational needs of the Marathi speaking population living in the neighboring state.