GR on use of Marathi in Central govt offices

Prajakta Joshi
Wednesday, 6 December 2017

While this is quite an old rule, Central government offices only in Maharashtra didn’t follow it out of arrogance. This time, the GR is released only to remind the offices to follow the rule. I have seen around 30 such circulars being given out to these government offices in the past. However, due to the lack of punitive measures, the implementation of the GR seems quite difficult as usual

Pune: While an order, making the use of Marathi language mandatory in Central government offices in Maharashtra already existed, the State government on Wednesday again issued a Government Resolution (GR) regarding the trilingual policy.

Anil Gore, fondly known as Marathi Kaka in the city, said that unless a proper implementation system in place, this GR is worthless.

However, MLA Medha Kulkarni said that a committee of 15 MLAs that monitors the use of Marathi as official language in the State is presently working out ways of efficient implementation.
Difficult to implement

Speaking about the GR, Gore said, “While this is quite an old rule, Central government offices only in Maharashtra didn’t follow it out of arrogance. This time, the GR is released only to remind the offices to follow the rule. I have seen around 30 such circulars being given out to these government offices in the past. However, due to the lack of punitive measures, the implementation of the GR seems quite difficult as usual.”

The only achievement, Gore added, is the GR might bring about public awareness. “People take it for granted that they will not be able to use Marathi in a Central government office. Now, with the new GR, they will know that they can rightfully ask for the use of Marathi at these offices as well,” he said.

Promoting Marathi
MLA Kulkarni said that presently, the committee is trying to promote Marathi at three levels: at central as well as state government offices, for court affairs and at schools and

She added that they are also finding out which offices are failing to make use of Marathi and will chalk out the plan to implement the rule uniformly.

Prof Anand Katikar, Director, State Marathi Development Organisation said, “The whole objective behind the rule is to ensure that the common man doesn’t face any hurdles while getting his/her official work done due to language barrier. With effective management, public will certainly be benefited.”

Highlights of the GR

  • In adherence with the Maharashtra Official Languages Act, 1964 and its 2015 amendment, the government has issued a GR notifying that Marathi is the official language of the state, and hence, all Central government offices in the State need to use it in their routine work along with English and Hindi.
  • Marathi and Devnagari script must be used in all correspondence and verbal and written transactions with the people of Maharashtra.
  • The government offices providing the services of banking, telephone, postal, insurance, railway, metro, mono-rail, air travel, gas, petroleum, income tax, etc. will now necessarily allow their customers to extensively use Marathi for official work.
  • All the notices, indication boards, name plates, advertisements for public use need to be in Marathi.
  • All the online and offline services to the public need to be available in Marathi language too.
  • The arrival and departure boards, Railway name boards, coach numbers, names of the stations, parking lots, names of airports, etc. should be in Marathi and Devnagari script.
  • The knowledge of Marathi will now be a criteria for recruitment, and government will also arrange Marathi language workshops for their employees.

 

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