Dubbing the new norms announced by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for civil service examinations as anti-Telugu, State Official Languages Commission has avowed to fight against them till they are reversed.
Commission Chairman Mandali Buddha Prasad said he had already taken up the issue with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and addressed letters to all the MPs of the State, asking them to bring pressure on the Centre to scrap the norms.
At a media conference here on Tuesday, he said the new norms were against the specific articles of the Constitution, according to which, preference must be given to regional languages in civil service examinations. National integration would be in jeopardy if they were implemented. As the norms went against all regional languages, there were already agitations in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. The norms would prevent a candidates from writing the civils in Telugu unless he/she had completed degree in Telugu medium or with special Telugu as optional subject. Many would be deprived of the opportunity because there was no Telugu medium at degree level in most colleges.
Meanwhile, orders have been issued to designate ‘languages supervisors” from among the government staff at Secretariat, district, mandal levels for submission of reports on the fifth of every month on implementation of Telugu in the administration. A committee would be appointed headed by a High Court judge to recommend ways to implement Telugu in judiciary also.