MNS opposes scrapping of regional language from UPSC exam
Mumbai: MNS president Raj Thackeray on Sunday appealed the Members of Parliament from Maharashtra to oppose the scrapping of regional language paper in the Union Public Service Commission examination.
Terming the decision as "anti-people", Raj said regional languages cannot be ignored in this way and MNS would oppose the move.
"Our MPs should oppose this. Regional languages are important, they cannot be ignored. Why do we have several states, each with own language? Regional languages must be respected," Raj said at a press conference.
"Monopoly" of English was not desirable, he said, adding that students must have a choice. "Applicants from Maharashtra must have the opportunity to answer the exams in Marathi."
TDP member C M Ramesh on UPSC new pattern
Resenting the new pattern, which will also not allow students speaking a certain language to take the exam unless there are at least 25 applicants willing to appear in that particular language, TDP member C M Ramesh on Monday said, "The decision of UPSC goes against the interests of students of Andhra Pradesh."
Noting that aspirants from his state will not be allowed to opt for Telugu language as 'optional' paper unless there are 25 such applicants, Ramesh, while raising the issue in Rajya Sabha, said the decision had come as a "bolt from the blue" for his state and was "unjustified, illogical, unfounded and injustice to Andhra Pradesh".