MPs flay UPSC move to make English paper mandatory

The Centre will keep in abeyance the Union Public Service Commission’s March 5 notification making proficiency in English a requirement for IAS aspirants and maintain “status quo ante,” Minister of State for Personnel and Training V. Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha on Friday.

“The government will call a meeting of the UPSC and resolve the issue. Meanwhile, taking into consideration the views expressed by the members [of Parliament], we will keep the notification in abeyance and the status quo ante will be maintained,” he said, as MPs protested the notification which lists four conditions for writing the main examination in regional languages.

The order was “unfair and discriminatory” and would go against aspirants from non-Hindi speaking States.

The Lok Sabha witnessed three adjournments, as the Opposition sought a discussion and immediate withdrawal of the notification.

Some MPs demanded that the officials responsible for issuing the “unconstitutional” notification be punished.

Sharad Yadav of the JD(U) even sought impeachment proceedings against the UPSC Chairman.

Lalu Prasad of the RJD said termed the move a “conspiracy” against weaker sections. The BJP’s Gopinath Munde said the notification amounted to an “injustice” to Indian languages.