The controversy was kicked off after the Ministry of Railways announced that the GDCE will be conducted only in the two languages in response to a query from the South-Central Railway.

MK Stalin opposes conduct of railways promotion exam in only Hindi English
news Controversy Saturday, September 07, 2019 - 10:42

An instruction by the Ministry of Railways regarding the language of the question paper of an exam for existing railway employees has kicked up a row in Tamil Nadu. Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu and DMK President MK Stalin has slammed the decision to conduct the examination only in Hindi and English.

“The instructions by the Union Government to conduct General Departmental Competitive Examinations for railway employees in only English and Hindi go against the premise of language equality. I urge the Minister to immediately withdraw the instructions. The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) opposes such discriminatory practices and reiterates that the Union Government immediately must ensure that all Indians are treated equally, irrespective of their linguistic or geographical background,” he tweeted.  

The exam, which is called General Departmental Competitive Exams (GDCE), is restricted to existing employees of the Indian Railways. The announcement was made in August by the Ministry of Railways after South-Central Railway raised a query about the languages in which the question paper for the examination would be set.

Replying to the South-Central Railway's query, the ministry said, "All departmental promotion examinations for serving employees are set in Hindi and English only. Accordingly, there is no necessity for a vested right for GDCE question papers (where such GDCE is conducted separately from the examination for Direct Recruitment from open market) to be set in languages other than Hindi and English."

MK Stalin also said that Railway Board must not create conditions for fresh anti-Hindi protests in the state by making such announcements, which discriminates against Tamil. He also pointed out that recently the postal department exams were also scheduled to be conducted only in Hindi and English and that the decision was withdrawn after DMK protested against it. 

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