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Centre not imposing Hindi in TN: Sitharaman

CHENNAI: Union finance minister

Nirmala Sitharaman

on Saturday said the Union government was not making any attempts to impose Hindi in Tamil Nadu and was trying to promote Tamil as well.

Sitharaman’s response to queries of reporters here came in the backdrop of state political parties protesting the conduct of recent Postal department exams in English and Hindi only.

They had alleged that it was a form of “Hindi imposition” in Tamil Nadu, which incidentally had witnessed a successful anti-Hindi agitation in the 1960s spearheaded by the

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

.

One can question the government if such things were done knowingly or not, but should not jump to a conclusion that it was imposition of the language, she said.

“Central government does not do Hindi imposition,” she asserted.

“If somewhere, at an administrative level, if something happens, don’t come to a conclusion that it is imposition. Definitely there is no imposition (of Hindi). We are also involved in development of Tamil,” she said.

As part of the Centre’s ‘EK Bharat Shreshta Bharat’ scheme, efforts have been made to popularise Tamil in northern states of the country, she added.

“There is no Hindi imposition,” the Union Minister reiterated.

Earlier, political parties, including the ruling AIADMK, had protested against questions in the postal department’s examination for appointments of postmen and assistants in rural areas held last week being only in Hindi and English, and not Tamil.

After the issue echoed in Parliament, Union minister

Ravi Shankar Prasad

assured the

Rajya Sabha

that the examination would now be held in all local languages, as per the notification of May 10, 2019 of the department concerned with examination, including in Tamil.

To a question on views from certain quarters against the budgetary proposal on Zero Budget Farming vis-a-vis agriculture, Sitharaman said it has already been tried out in some states.

“This is a free country and people can give their opinions. But there are states which have done it at the ground level– Himachal Pradesh,

Madhya Pradesh

, Sikkim and Kar

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