Special Correspondent

For improving “the status of Tamil”

CHENNAI: The Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) on Thursday submitted to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi a set of demands drawn up by Tamil scholars to improve “the status of Tamil.”

Releasing a copy of the demands to the press, PMK founder S. Ramadoss said successive governments had failed to live up to the Assembly resolution moved by Anna [DMK leader C.N. Annadurai] in 1968 declaring that Tamil would be the official language in the State.

To remedy “an unfortunate situation where Tamil has lost its importance in Tamil Nadu,” Dr. Ramadoss said that the party had consulted hundreds of Tamil scholars, former vice-chancellors of universities and others and drafted the current demands.

The PMK demanded that the government make Tamil the first language in the proposed uniform school education system and also the official language in administration, courts, and temples. Students who had studied in the Tamil medium should receive bonus marks and also get priority in employment.

The State should work towards making Tamil software available in government offices and set up a Tamil Language Commission, while helping students and teachers to learn the language properly by publishing updated textbooks and manuals.