It says a minimum of 25 candidates required for holding such exams

The controversy surrounding the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination is yet to come to an end even after a recent notification providing weightage to English language was kept in abeyance following protests.

The Kannada Development Authority (KDA) has urged V. Narayanaswamy, Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, to ensure the withdrawal of a clause that says that a minimum of 25 candidates should take exams in a certain regional language for the exam to be held in that language.

Otherwise, candidates will have to write the examination either in English or Hindi.

In his letter of March 18, 2013 to Mr. Narayanaswamy, Chairperson of KDA “Mukhyamantri” Chandru has said that there was no clarity on the protection of regional languages, though the government has kept the notification in abeyance.

‘Protect our interests’

“The Union Government and the UPSC have to protect the interest of the regional languages. Failure to do so would create discontent among the people and they may protest against the imposition of Hindi and English to pursue the agenda of globalisation and liberalisation,” the letter said.