TAMIL NADU

Give official status to all regional languages: PMK

PMK founder S. Ramadoss on Friday reiterated the party’s demand that all 22 languages, including Tamil, be announced as official languages.

In a statement, he welcomed the Supreme Court‘s suggestion to the Centre to consider an amendment to the Official Languages Rules, which says that official publication should only be in English and Hindi, and allow for publication in regional languages.

The apex court’s suggestion came in a case relating to publishing Environment Impact Assessment draft notification in all the 22 languages in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution.

Dr. Ramadoss pointed out that one reason why the regional languages had not been declared as official was that those in power at the Centre thought that if it was done, then opportunities for imposing Hindi would become limited.

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